The Coffee County Manchester Library has adjusted its operations because of the pandemic. The library now offers curbside services.
Library employees work to ensure the safety of patrons, said Jessie Tipton, library staff member.
“Typically, we take the returned books from the drop box, and we quarantine the books – we place them on a table for about 72 hours –then, we put them back. And that usually takes us a while because the drop box can be very full. We pull all the holds from the curbside email, and call the patrons.”
The cleaning process is vigorous, and employees stay busy organizing items.
“We have been cleaning, doing inventory,” Tipton said. “We are trying to do everything we can to keep ourselves busy. We have already inventoried every single book and every single piece of microfilm.”
To place a request, visit the library’s Facebook page or email at email@example.com. When the items are ready, library staff will call patrons to pick the items up.
Curbside service is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons may also use Wi-Fi in the parking lot and check out a Chromebook to use in their car.
Staff member offers recommendations
Clarice Hehe, Coffee County Manchester Library tech senior, has offered some book recommendations.
Hehe enjoyed reading Along Came a Spider, by James Patterson.
Another of Hehe’s favorite books is That was Then, This is Now, by S. E. Hinton, “a coming of age story about two friends who became brothers out of tragedy and abuse.”
“Mark and Bryan find that they don’t really know all the dark secrets about each other,” she said.
When it comes to nonfiction, Hehe recommended The Pastor’s Wife, by Diane Fanning, “true crime about the relationship of Matthew and Mary Winkler,” said Hehe. The book tells the story about “the murder of Matthew Winkler and what led up to it,” she added.
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, is one of the most popular books at the library, according to Hehe.
The Guardian, by John Grisham, is another book loved by local readers.
Hehe encouraged locals to take advantage of the various free services at the library.
“We are not just books,” Hehe said. “We have audiobooks, magazines and Tennessee READS. Coffee County Manchester Library also has an interlibrary loan program, which I assist in, memorial book program, genealogy, classes, boaters exams, computer instruction, fax services and copier services.”