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Parents and babies participate in storytime at the library in 2019. The library will reopen for social-distant browsing, computer use and storytime on June 1. 

After being closed to the public for the last six months, Burnham Memorial Library will soon reopen its doors. 

Here's what you need to know. 

When is the library reopening?

Beginning June 1, the library will be openly appointment only two days a week: Mondays from 1-3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

How do I sign up for an appointment?

Beginning May 25, patrons will be able to make appointments by visiting the library's website or by calling 802-264-5660. All appointments will be 15 minutes in length. 

Appointment slots are limited to 10 people upstairs and 8 people downstairs and patrons cannot sign up for back-to-back appointments. Patrons will be checked in by a library staff member promptly at their start time; if they are late, they will miss their appointment.

How will appointments work?

At the time of making the appointment, patrons will be asked which floor they would like to browse – patrons will be unable to browse on both floors.

If patrons wish to have items from a different floor, they should notify staff ahead of time and staff can get items for them before their appointment.

Patrons will be asked to leave when their allotted time is up, but if they are not done checking items out when their time is up, they can leave them with staff who will process everything and bring it to their car. Staff will clean the library in between appointments before letting new patrons inside the building. 

Will restrooms be available? 

 Restrooms will not be made available to the public during this time.  

What will summer programming be like for kids? 

Beginning June 1, patrons can attend outdoor storytimes on at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Sign-ups for storytimes will be required; patrons will find sign-ups on the Burnham Library Youth Services Facebook page and on its website.

Parents will be asked to bring in towels or blankets for their children can sit on for the duration of the program. If it is raining, staff will post on the Burnham Library Facebook page by 9 a.m. that the outdoor storytime will be virtual that day. 

Baby storytime will continue to be virtual on Facebook Live for those uncomfortable with coming inside the library.

Additional outdoor programming will be offered during the annual summer reading program. More details will follow. 

Will computers be available for usage?

Computer usage will be available upstairs for patrons for the 15-minute time slot. Patrons who need to use a computer for more than 15 minutes can borrow a library laptop for up to 90 minutes for use in the parking lot or at a picnic table.

Will curbside service continue?

Curbside services will continue on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m., Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Patrons can reserve books through the card catalogue, by emailing the library at burnhamlib@colchestervt.gov, or by calling  802-264-5660. This must be done 24 hours in advance of projected pickup. 

Browsing carts with newer items will be made available outside for patrons who are more comfortable browsing outdoors.

How will the library continue to keep COVID-19 cases low meanwhile transitioning to re-opening?

The library will continue to monitor COVID-19 case numbers and vaccinations rates. Appointments and outdoor programming are the next steps to re-opening, and the library will continue to adapt to serve patrons’ needs.

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