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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Verona Public Library, like most places, looks and operates a little differently from how it did before.

Over the summer and into the fall, we were able to partially open the building for express service. But as the public health crisis worsened this fall, we have temporarily suspended in-building services and are offering contactless curbside pick-up service.

Our goal remains to provide as much as we can as safely as we can.

If you need computer access, printing or photocopying, we have created a socially-distanced computer lab in the Community Room. One-hour technology appointments are available by calling the library. In the next few weeks, we will also be expanding our Wi-Fi into the library parking lot, which will give people another option to get online without needing to come inside the building.

The thing we hear most from people is that they miss browsing in the library stacks when they aren’t sure what to read next. We can help with that.

Our librarians are on hand as personal shoppers to pick out books for you based on your likes, dislikes and reading history. If you are interested, just fill out our Librarians Choice form on our website or call the library, and we can select some new books for you.

This month, we also launched new software so you can schedule your own curbside pickup appointments through our website.

While we can’t gather together to hear an author or a speaker in person right now, we are still offering those types of programs virtually. Coming up in the next few weeks, we have virtual book discussions, lots of programs for families and children, ESL classes and even a chocolate tasting program.

And as the days get chillier and you need more indoor entertainment, don’t forget we also have a free puzzle exchange. You don’t need to check them out or return them, and you can request them through curbside pickup by calling the library. If you have some you’ve already finished and still have all the pieces, feel free drop them off at the library.

The library staff and I are all looking forward to the day when we can welcome you all back to browse the stacks at your leisure and gather a bunch of parents and children in the Story Room and read and sing together.

It looks like we have a way to go before we get back to that, but between now and then, we are doing all we can to get you the books, movies, games and information you need. If you ever have any questions, just give us a call; we are here to help.

Stacey Burkart is the director of the Verona Public Library.

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