North Attleboro Library suspends story time for children and knitting group | Coronavirus

NORTH ATTLEBORO — Another local institution is suspending some of its operations due to the latest coronavirus spike.

Time For Tales story time for children ages 2 to 6 is suspended for the month of January, the Richards Memorial Library announced on its webpage. Manual activities and other children’s programs are also canceled.

The next story hour, which allowed families to share puzzles, books and stories, was scheduled for Thursday.

Frank Ward, library manager, says the library remains open full time Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We strongly recommend that all patrons wear masks in the building Masks are mandatory in the children’s room,” Ward wrote in an email.

“There may be changes depending on if/when Omicron surge peaks,” he added.

Also canceled for the month is the library knitters group. He will resume meetings on February 1.

Masks are compulsory in the library for everyone over 5 years old because young children are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The library can provide masks for those who don’t have one.

For more information, contact Children’s Services at 508-699-0122.

Last week, a jump in the number of coronavirus cases, fueled by the omicron variant, forced the city’s senior center to temporarily close.

All in-person programs and activities have been canceled for two weeks, beginning Monday.

Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered and Grab & Go lunches will still be available.

Senior Center staff will still be available during regular hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.