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St. Joseph library poised to welcome back patrons inside the building

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Jeff Yircott shelves new books returned recently at Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library in St. Joseph. The library has taken a number of precautions during the pandemic, including the quarantining of returned books.

ST. JOSEPH — Few things are more relaxing than browsing the shelves, then curling up in a cozy chair with some reading materials.

Library patrons have missed out on that during much of the past year. But at the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library in St. Joseph, that’s about to change.


Patrons can now download from an extensive list of materials through HOOPLA at the St. Joseph library.


The capital improvement project at the library features a new HVAC system, the sealing of windows and doors, lighting replacement and repair of the elevator.


Plastic partitions have been installed inside the library as it prepares to reopen to the public on Monday.

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