Lawrence’s library canceling all public events beginning Friday; facility plans to stay open otherwise

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Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., is pictured Aug. 20, 2015.

The Lawrence Public Library is canceling all events through the end of the month as a result of the spreading coronavirus, but it otherwise plans to stay open to the public, the library’s leader said Thursday.

Beginning Friday, all events at the library will be canceled. The earliest any events would resume would be April 1, the library said in a social media post.

Library director Brad Allen told the Journal-World that the library will continue to remain open to the general public, though he said his staff continues to monitor the changing situation with the coronavirus.

“We decided we would start with public gathering because people in close quarters increases the chance of it spreading,” Allen said.

Allen said the library also is creating new messaging campaigns for inside the library to let patrons know of risk factors related to the spread of the virus. For instance, Allen said it is important for the public to know that the library’s books do not go through any disinfection process. While library leaders are researching such options, Allen said it is not clear that such an option will be feasible.

“It is not in our bandwidth right now,” Allen said of sanitizing books that have been circulating in the community.

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