Library to reopen in time for book sale
May 6, 2021
The Cathlamet Public (Blanche Bradley Memorial) Library has been closed to public entry since December 1, 2020 due to COVID-19. According to Librarian Carol Blix, patrons have been able to check out materials for curbside pickup, but not enter to browse for items on their own.
People have been donating books to the library for the biannual book sales held by the Library Foundation in support of the library and its programs. The closure caused the cancellation of the 2020 sales so the books have been accumulating since the last sale in October of 2019. Blix said she had to suspend accepting donations about a month and a half ago due to the back storage room having reached capacity. All of these items have been well quarantined.
Blix has announced plans for reopening the library starting Tuesday, May 4. It will begin with limited entry of only one person at a time being allowed in or a household group (of up to six people) for up to 30 minutes. There will be hand sanitizer and/or gloves available and masks will be required per state guidelines. Patrons are advised to call 360-795-3254 for an appointment. The library hopes to increase the number able to enter in the future.
To celebrate the opening, the Blanche Bradley Memorial Library Foundation has announced their Spring sale will be held on Friday, May 14, from 2-5 p.m., and Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Up to six people will be allowed in at a time, with masks required and social distancing.