Negaunee organizations take precautions amid rising COVID cases

MARQUETTE — The Negaunee Public Library made a choice on Monday to roll back library services to curbside services starting Tuesday morning.

The decision was made by Negaunee Public Library Director Jessica Holman and Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron due to the rising cases of COVID in the Negaunee area.

Negaunee Public Library’s curbside service entails book rentals for members, making books available outside for pickup. Wireless printer connections are accessible from outside of the building for people to continue to use printers.

“We can still make copies or send faxes as needed. Our online programming will also continue,” she said.

Library hours will remain the same through the rollback:

Mondays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon

Sundays: Closed

“We do want to thank our patrons for their kindness and understanding,” Holman said. “It was great to see them while we were open and we hope that they continue to support us while we make this difficult decision.”

Holman also reminds the public that the Negaunee Friends of the Library will still be having outdoor book sales and supporting the library and its readers.

Heffron and Holman will re-evaluate the situation at the beginning of October.

For more information, contact the Negaunee Public Library at 906-475-7700, ext. 18.

Negaunee Senior Center makes changes

The Negaunee Senior Center announced Monday morning that organizers plan to pause cribbage, aerobics and tai chi at the center.

“We have been pretty careful all along (the pandemic) just because of the demographic we are working with, but we have also been short-staffed for the better part of 18 months, so we also have to be careful for them,” said Kristy Malmsten, director of the Negaunee Senior Center. “I know the activities are important to the community, but the priority is the social work.”

The center is planning to prioritize its in-home services, which entail helping seniors remain in their own homes throughout the Negaunee area with assistance, such as grocery shopping, meal preparations and some cleaning.

“We want to make sure we can be there for the day-to-day stuff,” Malmsten said. “We are still doing our health clinics and those are still available by appointment with a mask protocol and we still have contactless meals.”

The center also offers blood pressure clinic and foot care clinics and encourages people to stay updated about restriction status through the Negaunee Senior Center newsletter.

For more information, call the center at 906-475-6266.


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