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Madison libraries begin curbside pickup, returns

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MADISON (WKOW) -- If you've been waiting for a chance to read something new, you can now check books out from the library in Madison again.

The libraries started curbside pickup on Monday, May 11.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway delivered the first pickup order at Pinney Library on Cottage Grove Road Monday morning.

It's a service many in Madison have been eagerly waiting for since the libraries closed in mid March.

"Our libraries are really important to our community and that access to materials is obviously a big part of how important our libraries are, so to not be able to get in here and get books, I just imagine parents at home, like, how many times can you read the kids books that you have?" the mayor said. "So, I'm really pleased that the library figured out a way to do this safely for everybody."

Library staff are sanitizing materials and safely delivering the books without contact.

If you want to check out a book, you need to do so online or by calling 608-315-5151. Hours for pickup are 11-7 Monday through Friday and 12-5 on Saturdays.

You need to schedule a pickup time with the library where the book is stored. Books will not be transferred between locations at this time.

The only library that will not be open for curbside pickup is Alicia Ashman on the far west side. It's being renovated right now.

The libraries began accepting return items on May 26. Anything checked out on or before March 17 is due August 1.

Fines will not be assessed until August 1.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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