The Broome County Library is continuing to offer programs and much-needed services through the COVID-19 pandemic and is highlighted on the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up.

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Head of Information Services at the Broome County Public Library, Sherry Kowalski says the library had to shut down in mid-March at the start of the pandemic emergency but has slowly reopened and added back services.

The library on Court Street in downtown Binghamton is now back open without appointment but hours have been cut back to allow for additional cleaning that is needed to maintain a safe environment.

Many of the programs that are offered are currently being held online including yoga classes, knitting and Sound Bath Immersions and the library has opportunities for people to access books and other services virtually.  For information go to www.bclibrary.info.

If there is anything good to come out of the pandemic and its challenges for education and the general quality of life, Kowalski says the importance of libraries has really come to light.

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Right now, the Broome County Public Library is participating in the Great Give Back, collection non-perishable food for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, notes, cards and pictures for the Willow Point Rehabilitation & Nursing Center and hats, scarves and mittens for elementary students at the Union Endicott Central School District until October 19.

You can hear more about the Broome County Library on Southern Tier Close Up Saturday at 12:04 p.m. and anytime on the WNBF podcast.