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It is a small sign of progress; Stanislaus County Library staffer Brent Lowe cleans up and prepares the ‘book return’ outside the Oakdale Library branch on South First Avenue recently, as it has now re-opened for use by patrons. The curbside book drop had been closed for several months due to COVID-19 but is now back in service for the return of checked out materials. Stanislaus County is seeing improvements in COVID numbers but remains in the state’s ‘Purple Tier’ status.

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