While the COVID-19 pandemic has effected almost every part of life, from work to shopping to school, the Winters Public Library has adapted and is still contributing to the community.


Library director Susan Minzenmayer says that the library continues to take steps to ensure people can visit the library with confidence, "We’re still here. We’re still open. We clean returned books and quarantine them for 6 days. We also practice social distancing. Even with social distancing requirements, we still have 3 computers available for use. We have hand sanitizer at the entrance and the restrooms. We also sanitize surfaces and door knobs regularly."


Minzenmayer says that the library has had to stop some of their group programs, but they’re in the process of creating online programs to fill the gap, "We’re asking for volunteers to do demonstration videos, such as cooking, crafts, etc."


The library has always had a great look and feel to it, but even more-so since they received the $20,000 grant from the San Angelo Area Foundation. The library has a fresh coat of paint, refinished door, new air conditioning, LED lighting and more. The library is still accepting memorials and grants and has a new paved parking lot, courtesy of Runnels County.


The library continues to get in new books. Some of the new releases include: "Liar, Liar," by James Patterson; "Spy," by Danielle Steel; "The Tattooist of Auschwitz," by Heather Morris; "Endangered," by C.J. Morris; "Olive, Again," by Elizabeth Stout; "Devil in Spring," by Lisa Kleypas.


Minzenmayer says that the library can be a great reference source for students for anyone doing online learning or home school, "There are several books available for school-age children that can be a great resource for them."


If you have questions or would like to volunteer or make a donation, you can contact the library at (325) 754-4251 or go to the website: www.WintersPublicLibrary.org.