W. Bonner Libraries set reopening date for May 11 (hopefully)

By Reader Staff

West Bonner County library officials announced plans to reopen their facilities Monday, May 11, but with the caveat that conditions will “hopefully” be right to again throw open the doors.

According to an April 30 news release — and confirmed by the Sandpoint Reader — West Bonner Libraries are following guidelines set by Idaho Governor Brad Little’s four-phase “Idaho Rebounds” plan for reopening the state economy amid the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

The West Bonner Library District comprises branches at 118 Main St. in Priest River and 412 Railroad Ave. in Blanchard. According to officials, the reopening plan requires limiting the number of people allowed in the library at one time. 

Patrons will be asked to practice safe social distancing and stay home if they do not feel well. Computer use will be limited. Meeting room use will resume in Phase 3 of the governor’s plan, which is set to take place from May 30-June 12. (Find more details on the Idaho Rebounds plan at rebound.idaho.gov.)

Library officials said holds can now be placed on items with pickup at the door. Staff is on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in Priest River and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Blanchard.

Patrons are asked to watch for updates on the library’s website at westbonner.lili.org and on Facebook: facebook.com/WestBonnerLibraries.

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