Libraries begin to reopen in Osceola County

OSCEOLA COUNTY — For those missing the feel and smell of a physical book, the library is open … sort of.

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted the executive order banning places of public accommodation last week, many local libraries began announcing plans to reopen. Some involve curbside or lobby pickup services; others are planning full services with social distancing modifications. Details usually can be found on the library’s website or Facebook page.

• Reed City Area District Library began its four phase reopening plan with curbside service Monday. Books may be reserved by calling 231-832-2131 or through its online catalog. More information about the four phases to reopening may be found at or @reedcitylibrary on Facebook.

• Evart Public Library reopened Monday, however, Story Time will not be available through the summer and access to the museum is by appointment only. Call 231-734-5542 or visit for more information.

• M. Alice Chapin Memorial Library offers curbside services Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact 231-743-2421 or visit

• LeRoy Community Library asks for patience as it works though the criteria it needs to meet before safely reopening. For more information, call 231-768-4493 or visit or @leroylibrary on Facebook.