Bicentennial Library


419 Willow Ave

Colstrip Mt 59323

Children's Programming Montana Library 2GO! New Items

PO Box 1947

(406)748-3040

Fax(406)748-2133

Mon 11:00am-7:00pm

Tues 11:00am- 7:00pm

Wed 11:00am-7:00pm

Thur 11:00am-7:00pm

Fri 12pm-5pm

Sat 10am-1pm

Story Time: Tuesday at 4:15pm

Thursday at 11:15am

Staged Opening for Bicentennial Library

Two-week increments

(Stage 1)

Week 1 and 2

Library will resume to regular hours minus Saturdays for the first two weeks.

Public computers will be available by appointment only, and only for essential use. Essential use is defined as legal, financial or critical communications with family or work relations. Public computers will not be available for recreation or leisure. All public computer use will be kept to 1 hour or less, unless approved by library staff. No person under the age of 18 may use a public computer without adult supervision during this stage. Patrons are asked to please sanitize their hands before and after using the public computer. Patrons are asked to please notify staff when they are done, so that staff may wipe down the computers.

Bicentennial Library will allow 10 patrons in the library at a time. Adults are asked to stay with their children. Please keep your visit to the library to 15 minutes or under, unless you have business that may take longer, such as a proctored test, or using the meeting area. Bicentennial Library is pretty open concept, so we ask that patrons practice social distancing from each other and staff when possible. One family or person at the front desk at a time please.

Bicentennial Library will continue curbside service from 11:00am-5:00pm during these first two weeks. Curbside service will end at 5:00pm.

All children’s programming will remain virtual. All toys, and puzzles, and games will be put away.

If there are no cases of COVID-19 within the two-week period Bicentennial Library will advance to stage 2.

(Stage 2)

Week 3 and 4

Bicentennial Library will resume all regular hours including Saturdays.

Public computers will be staged. Computer 1 and 3 will be available and computers 4 and 6 will be available. Computers 2 and 5 will remain off to promote social distancing. Appointments will not be necessary, however time limits will be strictly enforced, unless it is for essential use. Leisure usage will be allowed at this stage. However, we do request that patrons keep this to a minimum. Time limits are 1 hour. Unattended children will be welcomed at this stage as long as they are comfortable following the rules and practicing social distancing. Librarians may send children home at their own discretion if they believe a child is having difficulty with following the rules or social distancing. Patrons are asked to please sanitize their hands before and after using the public computer. Patrons are asked to please notify staff when they are done, so that staff may wipe down the computers.

Bicentennial Library will increase the number of patrons to 20 during this stage, but we request that patrons please continue to practice social distancing during this stage, when possible. We will not have a set time that we are saying that people may stay in the library during this time, however first person in the library, will be first to leave and so forth, unless other arrangements have been made, for critical use. For example: Meetings or test proctoring. We will continue to require that one family or person at the front counter at a time.

Curbside service will be available for library material only during this stage. Copies, faxes and scans will be available inside the library only. Curbside services will end at 5:00pm.

Children’s programming will remain virtual during this stage, and toys and games will still be unavailable.

If there is no cases of COVID-19 within a two- week period Bicentennial Library will advance to stage 3.

(Stage 3)

All public computer will become available for critical use only. Computers 1-3 will be available for leisure use, as long a patron does not need the public computer for critical use. Time limits will still be strictly enforced at this stage unless arrangements have been made with a librarian. Unattended children will be welcomed at this stage as long as they are comfortable following the rules and practicing social distancing. Librarians may send children home at their own discretion if they believe a child is having difficulty with following the rules or social distancing. Patrons are asked to please sanitize their hands before and after using the public computer. Patrons are asked to please notify staff when they are done, so that staff may wipe down the computers.

Bicentennial Library will no longer have a limit of patrons allowed in the library at this stage. Bicentennial Library’s Librarians will encourage patrons to please practice social distancing at this point, but it will not be required. Good manners as far as patrons at the front counter though will be greatly appreciated.

Curbside service will be over for all services at this stage, as librarians will be very busy inside the library.

Children’s programing will resume, but parents will be required to stay with their children and participate in the story times at this stage. No toys or games will be available yet at this stage.

If there is no cases of COVID-19 within a two- week period Bicentennial Library will advance to stage 4.

(Stage 4)

All services will resume exactly how they were before the COVID-19 pandemic minus toys and games.

Toys and games will be available at this stage; however, children will be required to wash their hands before and after playing with the toys.

Good hygiene is going to be encouraged for both children and adults, probably from now on.