by George Grenchik
CALUMET CITY, Ill. (June 20, 2020) – The Calumet City Public Library began a partial opening of its services for its patrons on June 15. Contactless, curbside pickup is now available. Patrons can place up to five items on hold and then pick those items up outside of the library. Curbside pickup hours are Monday–Friday from 9:30–11:30am and 1:30–3:30pm.
Jane Rowland, library director, said at the last library board Zoom meeting that the program has been going “gangbusters” so far. She said that the reduced staff—mainly department heads—have been working hard to prepare the library for the various phases of reopening as outlined in Governor Pritzker’s plan for opening the state.
Rowland also said she hopes that circumstances would allow for the next library board meeting in July to be held in the library so the board could see all the preparation that’s been done by the staff to date to be ready for the next stages of reopening.
If Illinois’ metrics regarding COVID-19 keep trending in the right direction, the library will be able to accept patrons in the building by July 15 on a very limited basis.
And if Illinois continues trending in the right direction in this area, the Calumet City Public Library hopes to open its facility and restore the majority of services, with all the necessary precautions, as early as September of this year. This would be phase four of the state’s plan.
Phase five would see a return to close-to-normal (pre-pandemic) service from the library. That could happen by mid to late fall, depending on the COVID-19 numbers in this area of the state.
The Calumet City Public Library is located at 660 S Manistee Avenue in Calumet City, Illinois.