By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Most San Bernardino County libraries have begun opening their doors with limited library services and modified hours. Although COVID-19 conditions are continually evolving, locations in the High Desert, Chino, and more will be operational Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some variations for some locations.
County residents can visit a webpage to view a full list of County libraries open to the public, along with hours and safety measures.
Libraries have implemented a variety of safety measures, including temperature testing for all employees, installation of sneeze guards at all service counters and removal of some furniture to ensure proper social distancing. In addition, computer sessions have been reduced to one hour and face coverings are required for all employees and visitors.
The move to reopen comes as San Bernardino County libraries is featuring an online Summer Reading Program. Students can use their library card to register on Beanstack, an online tool for facilitating reading programs and begin logging in their reading progress for reward badges and potential prizes. Programs are organized into several age categories, with an adult program also available for participation.
County libraries also offer program kits to library card holders for weekly crafts tutorials hosted on Facebook Live. Participants follow along online and are provided with instructions and materials in a prepackaged kit available for pickup at their open local library. Patrons are also strongly encouraged to visit the County Library website to place items on hold, use self-checkout, and have access to all available eContent such as audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines.