Though COVID-19 concerns are still limiting the operations of the Kalona Public Library,  this week they are lifting some restrictions to allow more access to patrons.

Since early November, the library has been able to only offer curbside checkout of books and materials, but as of Monday, the library is now available for 30 minute in-person appointments during regular hours from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

Library Director Trevor Sherping says the in-person appointments are part of a gradual return to normal library practices, “We’re trying to provide a good mix over the next couple of months of virtual but also a slow return to in-person programming as long as we can be safe and we’re also trying to add new services to help out the community as much as we can. And, after talking with the (library) board, even after COVID and quarantine and all that comes with it is done, curbside is going to remain a permanent service because of the positive feedback we’ve had from the community.”

Sherping says new services at the library include notary service, making more programs available digitally and a redesigned website. He says there is a capacity limit of 10 patrons per 30 minute window of in-person library appointment and patrons can call, message through Facebook, or email the library to set up an appointment.