Appalachian Regional Library, with public libraries in Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties, is returning to curbside and virtual services only and closing all facilities to the public as of Wednesday, Jan. 13.

A library press release said this action was taken due to a recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases across the state, as well as because of Gov. Roy Cooper’s ongoing stay at home order.

Curbside library services will be available during all open hours. Call one of the libraries to request particular items, put items on hold through the online catalog or call the library to request that a staff person choose books for a patron.

Take & Make kits will be available through curbside pickup as long as they last. Check with a library to discover for details.

Local library websites or Facebook pages will have days and times of curbside services, as well as virtual materials and programs.

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