Per Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 157, the Avalon Free Public Library announced its official reopening as of Thursday, July 16. Library operating hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Closed Wednesdays, reserving the first hour of each day for high-risk individuals. Avalon History Center will be open for visits Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visits to both facilities will be limited to 20 minutes, masks are required to enter and there will be a limited occupancy to support social distancing. In addition to browsing for materials, patrons will also have access to public computers, scan/fax and copier service for sessions limited to 15 minutes.
“We are grateful for the community’s support as we have moved through our reopening plan,” says Erin Brown, Director of the Avalon Free Public Library. “One of the most challenging aspects of the past few months has been how much we miss our patrons. We look forward to seeing them as we begin expanding onsite services.”
The Library’s Porch Pick Up program will also continue for contactless borrowing, pickups can be scheduled Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In addition to social distancing requirements, public seating and meeting rooms will not be available until further notice.
A wide range of virtual programs will also be available for patrons of all ages, including Monday Fundays, Story Time, Teen Tuesdays, Book Clubs, Genealogy, History Programs, and much more. Registration and more information for the programs can be found at avalonfreelibrary.org/calendar.