Dothan-Houston County libraries open back up

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- It's been a week since Governor Ivey's safer at home restrictions eased more.

First restaurants, barber shops and salons opened their doors back, now other services like the Dothan Public Library are doing the same, but not without restrictions.

"We have resources that our community needed, so to be able to open our doors and offer those essential resources again brings us quite joy," said Derrick Tiller, Branch Manager, Dothan-Houston County Library.

Although the doors were closed, library staff has been working to keep readers entertained during the shutdown with different services.

The good news is those new options won't change.

"Our curbside service is still currently open to those patrons who don't feel comfortable going out into the public currently," Tiller explained.
Even with the doors open, the library still wants traffic to flow through quickly.

"We are asking patrons to do the essential items,” Tiller continued. “If you come in and get a book, check it out. If you need to use the computer, you're welcome to just limited to two hours."

The changes don't stop there.

"We are trying to social distance social distance with the patrons and we do have a limited amount of computers and they are in the qualifications of 6 feet distance," Tiller said.

As for their busiest time of the year, it'll look a little different.

"We will still be doing our summer reading it will just be in different fashion we will be doing the virtual summer reading and we're asking all patrons to ride with us in this transition to the virtual world," said Tiller.

Materials that were checked out before the library closed will be due on may 31st.

For more information on the Dothan-Houston County Library you can visit their Facebook page.