Tina Stevens

Tina Stevens

The Franklin County Library reopened with regular hours this week while keeping safety directives in place to protect patrons during the current pandemic.

Library Director Tina Stevens explained the adjustments the library has made in changing from curbside-only service to welcoming a limited number of patrons inside.

The Franklin County Library can now accept up to 15 customers inside the library at any given time for up to one hour. Masks will be required for entry, Stevens added.

The library’s regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library has many interesting books to select from, including bestsellers. Checkouts will be limited to 15 items, which can include four DVDs.

Also available to checkout are games, puzzles, movies, music, audiobooks and digital materials. Books are also available online at franklincountylibrary.org.

Patrons may browse magazines and newspapers while at the library.

Newspapers include: the Herald Chronicle, the Sewanee Messenger, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.

Services provided include faxing, scanning, copying, printing, PC use and assistance, Wi-Fi, notary services and laminating.

The History Room is available for genealogical or local history research.

Patrons who desire curbside service may call 931-967-3706 to reserve materials. Otherwise, to schedule a visit, patrons are urged to call in advance if possible.

“Calling ahead is best, but appointments are not necessary,” Stevens said. “Walk-ups will be served as well.”

Regular programming has resumed with limited seating.

Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. In addition, a limited capacity space is available for studying, presentations, and meetings of an educational, cultural, or civic nature.

The Book Nook, the Franklin County Friends of the Library book store, offers a nice selection of books for sale in a room just left of the lobby.

Stevens invites everyone to “like” the Franklin County Library on Facebook and follow them on Snapchat and Instagram.