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The library partially resumed services on April 27 after being closed since March 15.

The Verona Public Library partially resumed operations Monday, April 27.

It is now offering contactless curbside pickup of library materials between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, by appointment, and it resumed accepting library material returns through its drive-up return slot April 27.

The library first closed on Sunday, March 15, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with only internal operations and virtual activities. Patrons with books were told to keep them home.

The curbside pickup is only for materials already available at the Verona library, including books, magazines and movies. Inter-library loans remain suspended until further notice.

Library director Stacey Burkart wrote in a news release that she and the staff are glad the state’s revised “Safer at Home” order allowed the service.

“We look forward to the time when we can welcome visitors back to the library,” she wrote. “In the meantime, please call the library if you need books or other materials and we’ll do our very best to serve you.”

When it closed last month, the library told patrons to hold onto all checked-out materials, and it extended all due dates until May 1, eliminating any missing material fees. Due dates have been extended again, to July 1, and there will continue to be no library fines.

Despite reopening the drive-up return, Burkart encouraged patrons to continue to keep library materials at home for as long as possible, citing concerns about traffic congestion and overwhelming librarians with material returns.

For information, visit veronapubliclibrary.org, or to schedule an appointment, call 845-7180.

Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet.com.