Craft Memorial Library in Bluefield remains open despite COVID-19 concerns

BLUEFIELD, WV (WOAY) – The Craft Memorial Library in downtown Bluefield is one of few libraries to stay in operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The library claims to be changing their operations to limit person-to-person contact and keep patrons safe. They are cleaning and disinfecting more thoroughly, offering curbside pickup for books to keep people from coming inside and moving some of their programs online.

Suzett Sims, a program services coordinator at the library, says they are making many online changes to adapt to the crisis.

We’ve cancelled all of our children’s programs. We aren’t having any of those, but we are going to start having online story time hours next week hopefully on Facebook live,” Sims said. 

Sims also mentioned if people are concerned about going in the library at all, then the library offers an extensive collection of audio books, many of which can be downloaded remotely.

The library’s hours of operation are not affected, but Sims claims the library will close if they are ever given the order to by the county.

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