GI Public Library inching towards normalcy

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 6:42 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s been quite some time since the Grand Island Public Library could call its operations normal, but they’re at least heading in the right direction lately.

Not only is the library back open to the general public but they’re also starting back up several of their traditional programs.

“It’s encouraging,” GI Public Library Foundation Volunteer Coordinator Kim Mettenbrink said. “I guess it makes me feel like there is a chance to be somewhat normal again. Of course all of our normal has changes and will change, but just to see people come in and utilize the library, it’s just really encouraging to see people coming in.”

While not every chair and table is back out on the floor just yet, Library Director Celine Swan said she’s optimistic about what’s ahead.

“We’re getting to the point now where a lot of people have gotten their shots, and people are still wearing their masks when they come in,” Swan said. “We’re still doing a lot of cleaning. We clean all of our materials when they come back. Cleaning areas, tables - we still don’t have everything put out for the public yet, but little by little we’re adding things back in to more of a normal, so we’re really excited for that.”

The public library is also celebrating national library week and on Wednesday it was staff appreciation day.

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