Mazo and Black Earth Libraries to offer curbside pickup next week

COVID-19 has limited or closed many public and private services in Wisconsin, and Public Libraries have not been immune. That has changed slightly with Gov. Tony Evers’ most recent Safer at Home Order.  

On April 16 Gov. Evers stated that at 8 a.m. on April 24, public libraries could begin offering curbside pick-up of books and other library materials. Black Earth Public Library and Mazomanie Free Library anticipate to soon begin offering this service starting on May 4th, which is limited to the items within the libraries’ collections. The Safer at Home Order does not allow for the movement of library materials from one library to another to fill holds.  

 “We are anxious to begin offering this limited library service,” said Audrey Johnson, library director of Mazomanie Free Library. “We know how much library resources, services and programs mean to residents, and we want to continue providing those resources in any manner we can.  

Curbside pickup is the first step in our journey back to normal.”  

The majority of libraries within the South Central Library System (Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood Counties) have either started offering curbside pickup or will do so within the next several weeks. If you regularly use a library in a different community, you can get more information by visiting www.scls.info/librariesbounceback. Each library has its own start date and specific guidelines for curbside pickup so it’s important that you visit those library websites for more information.  

All public library buildings remain closed to the public.   

For more information, contact Black Earth Public Library Director, Carolyn Shaffer at 608-7674905 or Mazomanie Free Library Director, Audrey Johnson at 608-795-2104.  

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