While Oregon is currently re-shuffling its reopening plans, public libraries have tried to keep up with demand while abiding by changing health recommendations.
On Wednesday, Governor Brown announced that new measures will be put in place to stem the recent rise in coronavirus cases, and all folks in major Oregon counties will have to wear face coverings in all public indoor spaces.
Multnomah County was also given the approval to enter Phase 1 of reopening, but the libraries aren’t rushing to open their doors for browsing just yet.
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The Multnomah County Library shared this week that it is expanding its hold and pick-up ordering systems that allow library cardholders to pre-order books that they would like to read, and pick up said books without contact at their local library.
This service has expanded to Belmont, Capitol Hill, Gregory Heights, Holgate, Hollywood, Kenton, Rockwood, and St. Johns libraries. Starting on June 22, Fairview-Columbia, Hillsdale, Northwest, Troutdale, and Woodstock libraries will begin hold and pick-up service.
Patrons can use the online catalog to put desired reading materials on hold.
As we move towards the summer, and with kids of Oregon spending more time at home, Multnomah Library also announced that it has shifted its Summer Reading Program online, where kids can track their progress and catalog their adventures.