Kennebunk library to reopen book drop to help retrieve thousands of loaned items

The Kennebunk Free Library is taking steps toward opening back up, starting with the book drop.The library says more than 4,000 items are currently loaned to patrons. Due to the expected high volume of returns, the library has set up a schedule for returns.Patrons with last names that start with the letters A through M can drop off items on Tuesday, May 26 and June 2 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.Patrons with last names that start with the letters N through Z can drop off items on Thursday, May 28 and June 4 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.All patrons can drop off items on Saturday, May 30 and June 26 between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.The book drop will be locked during all times not listed above as well as short intervals for emptying it.The library also said the due dates for all items have been extended to July 10 to allow patrons to continue to enjoy materials without facing a late fee.The library stressed that it cannot accept donations at this time. Library staff called the reopening plans a learning process that they would be assessing. Based on the results and recommendations of the Maine State Library, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government entities, they will decide whether to continue this procedure starting the week of June 8 or begin to offer curbside services.

The Kennebunk Free Library is taking steps toward opening back up, starting with the book drop.

The library says more than 4,000 items are currently loaned to patrons. Due to the expected high volume of returns, the library has set up a schedule for returns.

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Patrons with last names that start with the letters A through M can drop off items on Tuesday, May 26 and June 2 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Patrons with last names that start with the letters N through Z can drop off items on Thursday, May 28 and June 4 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

All patrons can drop off items on Saturday, May 30 and June 26 between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The book drop will be locked during all times not listed above as well as short intervals for emptying it.

The library also said the due dates for all items have been extended to July 10 to allow patrons to continue to enjoy materials without facing a late fee.

The library stressed that it cannot accept donations at this time.

Library staff called the reopening plans a learning process that they would be assessing. Based on the results and recommendations of the Maine State Library, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government entities, they will decide whether to continue this procedure starting the week of June 8 or begin to offer curbside services.