Libraries begin phasing back to 'normal'


SUBLETTE COUNTY – With Gov. Mark Gordon’s order lifting statewide mask requirements in public spaces as of Tuesday, March 16, the Pinedale and Big Piney libraries are easing back into normal operations.

One of the changes is that people can start browsing through the DVDs again to check out. Books, tapes and other library materials being returned will not need to be quarantined and will be put back on the shelves right away.

Book clubs and writers’ group meetings are taking place in person again and meetings rooms are reopening for children and food, according to state-mandated capacities for now.

More in-person programs are being planned – such as the informal talk on March 29, 6-7 p.m.by arborist/ ecologist Paul Cook about growing trees and perennials in the Upper Green River Valley. It is sponsored by Sublette BOCES at the Pinedale Library.

As the restrictions continue to ease, staff will not be cleaning library books after each use but sanitizer and wipes will be available for patrons who want to use them.

On the other hand, there will be certain precautions kept in place for public health reasons. Plexiglas sheets will remain at circulation desks and staff is encouraged to wear facemasks while interacting with the public. People dropping off tax documents for free IRS services need to still wear masks; curbside pickups and quarantine deliveries will also continue.

At Pinedale, the weekly Storytime Live with Ms. Michelle will remain virtual on its Facebook page through April on Wednesdays. At Big Piney, Virtual Storytime with Genavieve continues on the Facebook page on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through April.

Other events at the Pinedale Library are the Daphne Platts Film Festival showings on Saturdays at 7 p.m. through March. On March 20, the movie will be “Family Romance, LLC.” Outside, the Spring Storywalk features “Rain Before Rainbows,” geared to the family.

At the Big Piney Library on March 24, students in grades 6 through 12 can pick up their “floating energy magic kits” while supplies last.

People with library cards are also welcome to explore HeritageQuest Online for more than 60 countries as well as Wyoming Newspapers’ digital archives and library shelves for early Sublette Examiners and Pinedale Roundups.

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