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Forsyth County Public Library System increases its Saturday operating hours and capacity

The Forsyth County Public Library system’s 10 libraries will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on Saturday, April 10, and there will be increased capacity at all locations.

The change comes in response to customer requests, vaccine distribution and Gov. Roy Cooper’s easing of pandemic restrictions,

“There’s always much to be optimistic about with the arrival of spring, and this year there are even more reasons,” said Library Director Brian Hart. “We’ve heard from a number of people in our customer surveys that they’d like us to be open longer on Saturdays, so we’re happy to oblige.”

All 10 libraries will continue to operate their To-Go Libraries, Hart said. Increased operating capacity means that more people will be able to be inside libraries, but the library is asking people to still plan to limit their visits so that everyone can have a chance to browse. In addition, customers are asked to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. Masks are required for all customers, beginning at 5 years old.

The library hasn’t determined a date to fully reopen, Hart said. Meeting rooms remain closed to the public and in-person programming will be limited to outdoor programs which follow social distancing guidelines. Library management will work with Forsyth County to evaluate further phases of reopening.