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Most Madison Public Libraries Remain Open; Board to Meet Tuesday


Note: this story has been updated to reflect that four branches have closed.

Though scheduled programming has been suspended, most Madison Public Libraries remain open for the time being, according to an announcement from Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.

Alicia Ashman, Meadowridge, Monroe Street and Pinney branches have closed due to staffing shortages, but the rest remain open.

“We know that people depend on the services available in our public libraries, and so although we are, for the time-being, postponing structured activities there, most libraries are open today and we are working to keep them clean and promote social distancing,” the announcement reads. “The library board will be meeting on Tuesday to further discuss this situation. We hope patrons who use them to check out books, for early voting, for filling out the census and other purposes will follow best practices for protecting themselves and others from this virus as well.”

The announcement also says most City committee meetings will be cancelled and that the mayor is working with Common Council President Shiva Bidar to find ways to hold necessary public meetings by phone or through digital means.

The mayor also said the City is “working with partners” to find solutions to those needing childcare due to closure of all schools.