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Why is Adair Co. Public Library still curbside only?

By Lee Ann Jessee

If the Governor has lifted restrictions, then why is the library still curbside service only?
We want our patrons to know the reasons why we are still curbside at the Adair County Public Library. While the Governor has lifted the restrictions that were added on November 20th and expired December 13th, the restrictions before the November 20th remain in effect. We are still under a state of emergency declared on March 6th and we are still limited to number of staff plus number of patrons in the building. As of today, December 14th, we are allowed to have 50% of our staff in the building but we are encouraged to have any and all staff working remotely if possible. At the Adair County Public Library, that equals three staff members. Please do not compare us to surrounding libraries that may be doing things different than we are. Each library in the Commonwealth of Kentucky takes this very seriously and each library must decide what is best for their staff and their patrons. The "one size fits all" approach does not fit libraries. We have urban libraries, rural libraries, and libraries with two and three teams of staff and libraries with only two or three employees.

Why are we not allowing patrons into the building?
We are not allowing patrons into the building for a few reasons. One, Adair is still a red county which means COVID is spreading and is considered to be everywhere. Second, due to COVID cases in our staff, we only have two employees that can work entire days right now. We do not want to risk the health of the remaining employees if one them contracts COVID, the other will have to quarantine which means the library will be closed entirely for up to two weeks.

What does curbside service mean?
Curbside service means we can check out books and materials to you and make copies and send faxes for you. We have protocols in place to make those services as safe as possible. We are not able to provide any computer service or any in person programming. We do have free WiFi that is available seven days a week from 6:00am until 9:00pm. For curbside services you can call 270-384-2472 or email, To see our card catalog, go to and click on the card cat/opac button at the top of the page. You can also access Lap Sit and Story Hour programs on our Facebook page along with new book titles and other information.

When do you expect to open up to the public?
We do not have an answer on that. We are doing everything we can to provide library services to our community but we know it is not what our patrons are accustomed to. We are looking forward to the day when we can once again open our doors and invite our patrons back in. Until then, we thank you for your patience, understanding and support as you utilize our curbside services and our website.

This story was posted on 2020-12-15 13:58:01
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