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Library back open for business

By Staff | Jun 3, 2020

Tricia Kett gets her library card renewed while being helped by Mary Stepaniuk. Looking things over is Fort Myers Beach Public Library Director Cletus Poser. NATHAN MAYBERG

While there has been curbside pickup for the most dedicated readers on Fort Myers Beach, the more traditional way of checking out books has returned. The Fort Myers Beach Public Library reopened for business on Monday after being closed for regular business since March.

Patronage was sporadic on reopening day. Library Director Cletus Poser said the library underwent a lot of deep cleaning during the closure, with the floors being refined and refinished.

Signs out front remind visitors to maintain social distancing of six feet. The library recommends people wear masks when entering the library though it is not required.

While the book store is opened, the cafe is not. Computers are accessible though only four of the 16 computers are in use. Those computers get sprayed after each use.

Staff is also putting books into quarantine for three days after each use, whether it is a return or somebody picks up a book to look at it, Poser said. “So we don’t have to worry about somebody else touching something that somebody else already touched.”

There is hand sanitizer available at the entrance and checkout stations.

Among the changes patrons may notice is that all of the summer programming remains canceled. There will be no shell crafting, movie showings, book discussions and no children’s story hour. The children’s room is also closed.

The library is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

People can still go online to order books for curbside pickup at www.fmb.lib.fl.us/. You can also call the library at 765-8162 to order a book. The library asks that patrons use the electronic book returns only in order to limit exposure of returning the books directly to staff.

“We just want to welcome everyone back and we appreciate everybody’s patience,” Executive Assistant Librarian Maria Van Boekel said. “We’re happy to serve the community.”