It’s been several days since Cambria County has transitioned into the Yellow Phase of the State’s re-opening plan, but not every business or service is opening its doors. Libraries in Counties under the Yellow Phase have their own guidelines to follow to re-open. The Highland Community Library might still be physically closed, but the staff is making sure certain services are available online to the public in the meantime while they follow their re-opening plan issued by State Officials.
Under the Yellow Phase of the states re-opening plan, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries has a 3-step plan for libraries to open. Director of the Highland Community Library, Ashlee Kiel, says step one is to prepare staff and library materials. Step two Kiel says they’ll provide services like curbside pick-up, which her library is currently working on. In step three, libraries will offer limited in-person services.
For now, Kiel say e-books and audio books are available online along with book clubs and their new Community Connections Story Time on Facebook, where community members like Police Officers and Doctors read live. Books can only be dropped off right now, not checked out until the library is ready for curbside, which Kiel tells us they’re working hard on. If you want to access their online services but don’t have a library card, you can apply for one on their website.