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Curbside pickup available

Kendall Young Library follows example of area restaurants to serve patrons during closure

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Kendall Young Library patrons can download books to their smart phone or tablet with the help of an app. Patrons can also request materials to pick up at the library doors during the facility’s closure

Just as many area restaurants are transitioning to curbside pick-up and delivery from the usual dining room service, Kendall Young Library has also found a similar way to serve their patrons during the community precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Even though the library is closed to the general public, patrons can still keep up with their favorite offers by picking up those selections at the door of the library.

“People can go online, make their selections and then use their library card number and a pin,” said Greta Oberender, a librarian at the KYL. “Then we will pull those items and call the patron to arrange a pick up time.”

Those who don’t have computer access or would prefer to call in, can do that as well, according to Oberender. Call 832-9100 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to arrange for the materials. Then the, at the agreed upon time, a library employee will meet the patron at the door with the requested materials.

Children’s department materials can also be requested, Oberender said.

“We’ve had several people both Tuesday and Wednesday take advantage of the service,” she said.

Of course, those who enjoy e-books or audio books can go through the Libby by Overdrive app to checkout materials. Visit the library’s website, www.kylib.org. The app can be downloaded onto a smart phone, tablet, Kindle or Nook. Then patrons can use their library card number and their pin, a 4-digit number comprised of their birth month and date.

“And if they have any difficulty getting that set up on their phone or tablet, patrons can always call us for some help,” Oberender said. “And it’s pretty neat people can check out a book anytime.”

The library is closed until April 13 and all scheduled programs are canceled.

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