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Shasta Public Libraries closes all three branches amid coronavirus surge

As coronavirus cases continue to climb, all Shasta County libraries will be closed for the second time.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 6:34 PM

REDDING, Calif. – As coronavirus cases continue to climb, all Shasta County libraries will be closed for the second time.

Before the libraries closed their doors, people made sure to stock up on their favorite books.

“We really wanted to stock up before their closed for a bit,” said Marlene Loper, who frequents the library often.

On October 20, all three Shasta library branches in Anderson, Burney, and Redding will be closed because of the surge in cases. But all three branches will still be offering curbside services for people.

“All of the books you want to check out we will offer them and bring them to your car,” said Rochelle Carr, the Shasta Public Libraries director.

“We've shifted to more of an online holds and curbside pickup.”

While book lovers understand why it needs to happen, the news is still disappointing.

“I was really saddened and I understand that they have to be because of Covid,” said Loper.

“It's kind of distressing that the outbreak is up again that the library has to close.”

Even though people won't be able to visit their local library for a while, the Shasta Public Libraries will still be keeping a heavy virtual presence.

“Our staff is really busy creating online content, we have story time online, and we book harvesting coming up for kids,” said Carr.

It’s still unknown how long the Shasta Public Libraries will closed for. But the libraries will still be offering Wi-Fi within its parking lot area.

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