The Halifax County-South Boston Public Library System has been offering services online and by appointment during the pandemic, as well as curbside pickup of books and other materials.
Starting on May 3 appointments will only be necessary for computer use and to access the local history room, according to library director Jay Stephens.
“For everything else, just come on in,” Stephens added. “By May 3 a majority of our staff will be fully vaccinated. We will continue to require visitors to wear masks, our plexiglass sneeze guards will remain in place, and we will continue our cleaning protocols.”
Stephens mentioned some differences that people might notice in the libraries.
“We’ll have fewer print magazines and newspapers, but each branch will have an Apple iPad with access to digital versions of various publications. There will be less furniture in the buildings in order to promote social distancing,” he said.
Following the reopening on May 3, the library will be celebrating May the 4th Be with You, also known as Star Wars Day.
Both library branches will have displays of Star Wars books and movies available for checkout. Free glow sticks will be available for children, and an actual Jedi will be at the Halifax library in the morning and at the South Boston library in the afternoon.
Stephens also mentioned Hoopla, a recent addition to the library’s online resources.
“Hoopla is a free resource that is accessible from the library’s website. The user only needs to have a valid library card in order to access it. Hoopla offers digital versions of movies, television shows, books, audio books, comic books and music,” he said.