SARASOTA COUNTY –– For people who love libraries, this was welcome news.
After being closed for almost three months, Sarasota County libraries will reopen on June 15 with limited hours.
All county libraries, except the Osprey library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Although the libraries will be open once again, county officials stress that for the safety of staff and patrons, the focus will be on grab and go. In other words, know specifically what you’re looking for, rather than spending time browsing the collection.
In-library programming will not be offered, but virtual programming will continue, as will the current curbside service which has proven to be a success. To date, 19,000 items have been borrowed through the service according to County Administrator Jonathan Lewis.
Children will also be pleased that county playgrounds will reopen Saturday, June 13.
Nicole Rissler, director of parks and recreation, said parents are encouraged to sanitize their children’s hands both before and after using the equipment, and to caution them against congregating.