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Public libraries again close to in-person visits

by CHERYL SCHWEIZER
Staff Writer | January 21, 2021 1:00 AM

WENATCHEE — The NCW Libraries system closed libraries to in-person use Wednesday afternoon, due to the state’s pandemic-related limits.

Michelle McNiel, the library system’s public relations specialist, said libraries in the network will continue to offer curbside pickup and mail order service. Curbside service hours eventually will be expanded.

Library patrons also have access to online materials.

Guidelines issued early Wednesday meant the suspension of in-person visits at all libraries. The closure will last until the counties served by NCW Libraries enter the second phase of the reopening plan imposed by state officials. Currently, the entire state is in the first phase.

The NCW Libraries system includes 30 libraries in Grant, Okanogan, Douglas, Chelan and Ferry counties.