Hadley Town Hall, library, senior center gradually reopening to public

  • Marilyn Brown, a volunteer at the Hadley Public Library, works in in the children’s room late last month. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Monday, April 05, 2021

HADLEY — Limited reopenings of Town Hall, the new public library and the senior center are underway.

At Town Hall, which is now open to walk-ins on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon, a part-time receptionist has been hired to assist residents sign in and self-certify that they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

People will enter through the rear door closest to the parking lot and exit through the front door to limit interaction. The receptionist also will track how many people are in the building.

Town Administrator Carolyn Brennan said this is considered a hybrid approach to reopening, as residents can also make appointments with individual offices during all regular hours. All visitors must wear masks and face coverings when inside.

As part of the reopening plans, some changes were also made at Town Hall.

“Three offices were relocated to keep the main traffic flow on the first floor,” Brennan said.

Both Brennan’s office and another office for Jennifer Sanders James, the town’s licensing coordinator, have been moved to the second floor, while Building Commissioner Tom Quinlan will be on the main level. The Select Board is monitoring the plans and without any spread of infection will move toward full reopening in the near future, Brennan said.

At the new Hadley Public Library, where library staff have been working from the $8.2 million building since November, browsing by appointment begins April 1. All patrons entering the library must wear a mask and maintain social distance of at least six feet from others not from the same household.

Browsing hours initially, though subject to change, are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each appointment lasts 30 minutes and there are five available appointments per hour. Appointments can be made by calling 584-7451 or sending email to hpl@hadleyma.org.

Finally, the Hadley Senior Center is hosting small, in-person gatherings for people who have had both of their COVID-19 vaccine shots, if Moderna or Pfizer, or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and provide verification of this to staff for keeping on file. Both participants and instructors will also be required to wear masks and exercise social distancing in the building. All visitation requires calling ahead or calling to register to attend a program.

The Senior Center also is offering several services not in the building, including van rides on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and delivered meals on weekdays, as well as foot care clinics and medical equipment loans by appointment.

Scott Merzback can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.