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Jan 3

Volusia libraries returning to live action | News | – Hometown News

Volusia County Public Library free program offerings are back, for now.

Covid-19 forced the library to shut down the programs twice before. Once in March 2020 and a second time in July.

This time there is Omicron for county officials to be concerned with.

The return to programs has been in the planning stage for several months, Library Services Director Lucinda Colee said. We continue to monitor the situation with Omicron and will base our decisions on county protocols.

As retail adjusted for the labor shortage, the consumer became accustomed to changes in the hours a store is open. The supply chain issue has forced people to accept their favorite product or brand may not be on the shelf. A similar experience has been happening in restaurants as limited menus and altered hours are not unusual for an eatery as the pandemic continues.

Its been better at the library.

In fact, some branches have been offering free programs outdoors since June. All 14 branches of the Volusia County Library system never stopped serving the public. When they closed their doors in March 2020, they offered curbside, online and telephone service.

Pre-covid hours were reinstated in June and, now that programs are back, residents can once again enjoy activities, such as crafting, computer classes, exercise classes, gaming, gardening, movies, story times and, especially important to families, after-school programs and educational activities.

As is the case in all Volusia County buildings, mask wearing has been optional within the library. That same policy will hold for the reinstatement of programs.

A couple of hours spent in three library branches, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Port Orange regional libraries, showed just short of two-thirds, 61%, of the patrons were unmasked. Of course, that is anecdotal, but does offer insight for anyone who plans to attend an indoor program.

That percentage also matches what was learned through conversation with folks in the three libraries. Those same conversations revealed people were happy to know the programs have returned.

However, not all program schedules have return to pre-covid levels. Ms. Colee explained in an email exchange that staff is working towards that end.

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