Westfield Athenaeum reopens in-person browsing Monday

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The library in Westfield is open by appointment only for browsing in-person starting Monday.

Visitors may browse inside the Westfield Athenaeum on Mondays and Fridays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. as well as on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Requests to browse materials, visit the Boys and Girls Library, and use the computers must be made in advance by calling 413-568-7833 to schedule a one hour appointment.

Masks must be properly worn throughout the duration of the appointment. Social distancing markers are in place to maintain 6 feet from others.

The “library to go” feature is also expanding to six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Library card holders can request an item to check out by calling the librarian or use the online catalog system.

“Public libraries are such an important institution, they provide all kinds of services. I think people sometimes forget the range of services we offer. We offer everything from computer access to the traditional book check-out and these are services that families need,” said Guy McLain, the newly appointed Director of the Athenaeum.

All return library materials must be dropped off using the drive up book drop. The items will then be quarantined before being available again.

Additional online programs include Lunchtime Librarian and Book Snacks to have a conversation about books with librarians.

McLain added that, “We will continue to offer these and many other programs since they provide an excellent way for anyone to participate from the comfort of their own home.”

Several more activities online feature book clubs, all ages BINGO, trivia Thursdays, teen programming, and children’s programming are just some of the offerings hosted by the Athenaeum.

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