In a March 26 news release, Park Rapids Area Library branch manager Jodi Schultz states, "We wish we could continue serving you as usual, but these are not normal times, and we have to do our part in keeping as many people as possible safe and healthy. In compliance with the governor’s executive order, Park Rapids Area Library staff and librarians in all Kitchigami Regional Library branches will be working from home beginning Friday, March 27 at least until Friday, April 10, at which point we will re-evaluate according to the state of the state, and the Governor’s recommendation."

The library's book drops will be closed Thursday, March 26, until further notice.

Overdue fees will be waived during this time.

"Please do not leave library materials outside the book drop or in the elements. Charges will apply for damaged and missing items," Schultz said. "At whatever point we are able to reoccupy the building, we will plan to put the curbside pickup in place in some capacity. We hope to stay connected with our patrons through Facebook, Instagram, and eventually through our brand new Twitter account. We’ll miss seeing you in person, but hope you’ll check out our digital offerings, including e-books, e-audiobooks, and maybe even online story time."

Updates will be posted at www.krls.org or on the library’s Facebook page.

"Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing and serving you in more traditional ways as soon as we can," Schultz said.