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County Library Branches Continue ‘Phased’ Reopening

MOUNTAIN AREA — All Madera County Library locations, including the branches in Oakhurst and North Fork, are now offering curbside services for the community as the next phase of the system’s reopening plan. 

Library announced this week that patrons can place holds on books, DVDs and other materials via the Library’s mobile app, online catalog, or by phone. Staff will prepare items and contact patrons with instructions and scheduled times for contactless curbside checkout.

‘Grab bags’ of titles within a genre are also available for more adventurous patrons who want something new to read.

Library staff is on hand to provide reference service by phone or email, and new library cards can be created over the phone.

Book returns have also reopened at all locations. Returned materials are quarantined for at least 72 hours before being checked in. When possible, patrons are encouraged to hold onto borrowed materials until library buildings reopen.

Late fees are not being collected during this time.

Patrons can still see favorite staff conducting virtual programming Madera County Library system’s Facebook page.

Digital libraries and online resources continue to be available.

“Curbside service is the first step in a multi-phase plan for gradually reopening our libraries that places the health and safety of staff and our community as top priority,” said library officials.

For more details, visit www.maderalibrary.org or call your local branch for more information.

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