Contact-free limited service to start Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Charles Town Library

Starting Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., the Charles Town Library will begin accepting holds on catalog items, including books, DVDs, and audiobooks.

Library hours during this period are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will remain closed Saturdays.


  1. Place hold on item using our online catalog ( or by phone (304-725-2208).
  2. You will be notified when the item(s) are available.
  3. Once you arrive at the library, call us at 304-725-2208. Your items will be checked out and placed on a table located on the library’s front porch. When the front door is shut behind the staff member, you may approach the porch and pick up your materials.

NOTE: If you place a hold before 9 a.m., the hold will be fulfilled the same day if the book is available.

When you are ready to return your books, please use the regular Book Drop located to the right of the front doors.

During this time, only library staff are permitted in the library. Staff will assist through phone calls, email (, and porch service. We will attempt to provide the best possible “no contact” service that we can at this time.

For our youngest readers, Story Time continues via our Facebook page on Mondays at 10:30 am, Tuesdays, 10:30 am, and Thursdays, 4:00 pm.  You can also participate in Second Saturday Story Time and Craft on Facebook Live.

During this phase of our reopening, we will continue to monitor the local and regional status of COVID-19, as well as directives from city, county and state officials.

We will announce when we start our next phase, when the library will be open by appointment only. In addition to porch services, you will be able to make an appointment to use the computer, fax, or copy, etc.

Time in the library will be limited to 30 minutes, unless previously arranged (e.g., job applications). Patrons may also make appointments to browse the collection. No seating will be available except for using the computer. Rest rooms will be closed.

During this phase we highly recommend that you wear a mask while you are in the library. Our patrons are diverse, many of them vulnerable. Please be respectful and wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Please email us at if you have any comments or questions regarding this time of transition.

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    A TRUE picture book story for bright children ages six through twelve.
    The reader/listener will gain an empathy and understanding of Alzheimers/dementia in elderly people. Maybe your child will have that AHA ! moment, as did little Mari age five when she realized that SOMEDAY life will come full circle.


  2. So good to hear that services are available. SO GOOD to hear that all library staff are well, Will return my books (all 6 of them ASAP–read them all again five times), Major allergy stuff going on around here. My eyes are streaming, but I’ll get your books back. Save some Agatha Christie’s for me. Thanks for all you do.


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