Fairfield library reverses plan to reopen

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Public Library announced Wednesday it would soon begin taking appointments for patrons to browse its aisles and use its computers for the first time since the building had to close to foot traffic last spring.

However, the library announced the next day that it wouldn’t be able to reopen nearly as much as initially hoped due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County.

Library Director Rebecca Johnson said the library still is taking appointments for computer use and hybrid programs in the library’s meeting room. It is not, as initially reported, going to be able to offer “express browsing” in the building.

Johnson said the library will continue making curbside delivers to patrons who wish to check out materials. She said the library has been doing an average of 61 of those per day.

The library also offers books by mail, children’s activity kits, laptop computers to borrow, a free Wi-Fi service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., children’s story time programs via Zoom, reader magnifiers, and more.