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In Johnson County: Visitors to four libraries will need a mask

Johnson County Public Library updates plans
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Posted at 10:55 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 22:55:20-04

FRANKLIN — Upon further review....

You will need to wear a mask when visiting any of the four branches of the Johnson County Public Library.

When the library first announced reopening plans a few days ago, masks were only mandatory for employees. But after giving it additional thought, library staff decided visitors should also wear face coverings.

Assistant Director Sarah Taylor explained the revision by saying, “It has always been our goal to act carefully and responsibly as we reopen the buildings to the public. We believe our patrons are concerned about remaining healthy and will respect and understand this policy.”

Signage at the entrance will note masks are required and that masks are available, at no charge, if the patron does not have one. Each branch will also have a staff member greet patrons at the door to discuss procedures and answer questions. Branches are locates in Franklin, Greenwood, New Whiteland and Trafalgar.

Here are the procedures you need to know as the library prepares for a June 22 reopening:

  • Masks are required for staff and patrons over the age of two.
  • Patrons are to follow “Grab and Go” browsing to find what they need and checkout.
  • Indoor seating options are limited. Expanded outside seating is available thanks to the Franklin Parks and Recreation who loaned picnic tables to all locations.
  • A limited number of computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 30 minutes a day.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • The following services are not yet available: toys, games, other interactives, newspapers, meeting rooms and in-person programs
  • Curbside JCPL-to-Go service will continue allowing patrons to pick-up materials without going into the branches.