Goshen County Library reopens after two months with restrictions and facelift

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TORRINGTON, Wyo. Goshen County Library reopens their doors after two months of closure because of the coronavirus pandemic and facelift.

From now until further notice, the Goshen County Library will be open from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. First hour used for vulnerable populations and last two hours for general public. They also added new carpet, paint and children's space. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

This reopening does come with restrictions.

From now until further notice, anyone choosing to enter the library will;
• Enter through the north doors (parking lot entrance)
• Complete a Patron COVID 19 Symptom Tracing Form
• Wear a face covering or mask
• Limit time in the library to 30 minutes
• Respect social distancing guidelines
• Computers will not be available for public use
• The number of patrons in the library will be limited to 15
• Return books to the book drop in the entryway or in the alley

The times have changed as well to be open from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday.

12:00pm to 1:00pm will be used for vulnerable populations while 1:00pm to 3:00pm will be used for the general public.

Staff hopes the new restrictions will end sometime in the beginning of June.

The Library also receives a facelift with new carpet, paint, children’s space and things have been moved around.

Director Cristine Braddy says that Goshen County Economic Development’s Chamber Chat is a huge help with promoting Goshen County.

Braddy also says along with Goshen County, residents need to show support to local businesses.

“For us as a library, one of the reasons we need support, whether it’s using our digital materials or coming in and physically checking out, is our funding depends on it,” explained Braddy. “Whether we are applying for grants or whether we are getting our funding through the County, it depends on people using our resources.”

Staff continues to take cleaning precautions by disinfecting between each patron, all screens are cleaned, books are quarantined for three days after usage, all employees wear gloves and masks and the library is deep cleaned and disinfected every night.

Braddy also mentions that students should continue to read over the summer to combat reading loss.

Usually staff sees a decrease in reading over the summer but since March 18th, they have seen digital usage increase by triple.

This library is in need for volunteers for their upcoming book sale in June, cleaning, straightening up and helping patrons.

Anyone interested can call Cristine Braddy at (307) 532-3411.