Arcadia Public Library Reopening


Bryan Lim, Staff Writer

The Arcadia Public Library is used by children to adults alike. However, it shut down and closed due to COVID-19 and remained closed for over an entire year and only having curbside pick-ups However, the Arcadia Public Library building reopened on May 3, 2021, with new operating hours. On Mondays and Tuesdays, it will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, it will open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On Saturdays, it will open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and they will not open on Sundays.

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Public Library, Arcadia (arcadiapl). “Today’s the day & we are so excited to see everyone again! Things will be different, including our hours, so be sure to visit our website before stopping by.
Let’s get back to the joy of browsing!⁠” May 3, 2021, 3:01 p.m. Tweet.

The Arcadia Public Library believes that it will go back to normal somewhere in September of this year, 2021; however, this date may change depending on changes to the health guidelines. People who enter the library are required to wear a mask properly at all times and to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Another limitation with the Arcadia Library’s opening is that they won’t be accepting any donations. However, there will be many weekly and seasonal events at the library.

These events include a virtual summer reading program, where participants get rewarded for logging in hours of reading or for writing book reviews. This summer reading program will begin on June 1, 2021, and will end on June 31, 2021. Another event that will be held is called ‘Popup Book Sales,’ which will be outside of the Arcadia Public Library every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at various times, with Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Arcadia Public Library is also allowing people to check out Chromebooks and has ‘passport services’, where citizens whose passports have expired or are about to expire can renew them, but by appointment only. The library will only have a maximum of 80 people in the building with one person allowed to sit per table. They also have public computers that have a one-hour limit with a printer available as well.

The Arcadia Public Library encourages “grab and go” browsing as they don’t want to risk anything with the visitors and their staff. The library also has a 30-item checkout limit with self-checkout machines or pick-up, if needed. However, being physically close with the staff is prohibited; study rooms and the auditorium will remain closed.

If you would like to support the Arcadia Public Library, you can use their AmazonSmile link to purchase the same products you would find on the original Amazon website but after you purchase your products, 0.5% will be donated to the library! The Arcadia Public Library’s reopening to the public is an exceptional chance for the community. For more information about the library’s reopening, you can visit their website.


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