• Sara Doan

Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library set to reopen branch locations

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark- This week marks one year since Coronavirus lookdowns took effect.

Closing businesses including the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library.

Now, a year later, the branches of the library are starting to re-open.

“We are tentatively going to be re-opening them in April. We do not have a specific re-opening date because tentative we; are working on getting safety measures in place in order to re-open,” says CCJPL public relations manager Brandi Hodges.

The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library has branch locations in Caraway, Brookland, Harrisburg, Lepanto, Lake City, Marked Tree, Weiner, and Monette.

While the anchor location in Jonesboro did re-open last year, its eight branches did not.

However, they are offering curbside pickup.

Once the branches re-open they will be by appointment only to help promote social distancing, they will also have safety measures put in place, including plexiglass barriers.

“Of course, we have [plexiglass barriers] in our building here. We have them around computers. We have them around our service points. And so those are the types of things we are looking to add at the branches, to have that separation, to have the six feet distance,” she says.

Hodges says they are awaiting Gov. Hutchinson’s announcement on March 31st before they decide if masks will be a requirement inside.

While library staff is still in the planning stages of re-opening the branch locations; Hodges says they’re excited to welcome the public back into their buildings.

“People in those communities are excited about it because we have been doing curb-side pick up at those locations this whole time,” says Hodges. “But there were other needs people have. Maybe they need to use a computer may be, they don’t know what they want…they want to come look at the books.”


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