Tazewell County Public Library

Library Updates


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Tazewell County Public Library patrons and community,

Due to the acceleration of COVID-19 cases in Tazewell County and the Cumberland Plateau Health District, Tazewell County Public Library will begin offering curbside-only service on Monday, December 14, 2020.

While operating by curbside, staff will continue to work normal business hours to offer the following services during the Library’s regular operating hours:

  • Curbside checkout and delivery of library materials
  • Printing and copying
  • Faxing
  • Notary services
  • Virtual storytime and programming (via Facebook and Youtube)
  • Phone and/or email reference service
  • New library card creation
  • Bookdrops available 24/7
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks available via Libby 24/7
  • 24/7 Wi-Fi access outside all locations

For more information, or to arrange for service, please call one of our locations. (Bluefield: 276-326-1577, Richlands: 276-964-5282, Tazewell: 276-988-2541)

In accordance with Governor Northam’s mask mandate, we request that patrons wear masks during these interactions and social distance as much as possible.

Our primary concern is always the health and wellbeing of our community and our employees. We appreciate your understanding as we deal with these ever-evolving challenges.


Erica Hall

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A Visit from Flat Santa

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Experience a visit with Flat Santa at Tazewell County Public Library. Since we cannot visit him in-person this year, kids and families can pose for a photograph with a life-size 2-dimensional photo of Santa provided by Santa’s elves from the North Pole. Santa will visit:

Image of Santa for the Flat Santa program

Pocahontas Branch Library: Tuesday, November 30 – Saturday, December 4
Bluefield Branch Library: Monday, December 6 – Saturday, December 11
Richlands Branch Library: Monday, December 13 – Saturday, December 18
Tazewell Main Library: Monday, December 20 – Wednesday, December 22

(Hours vary, call your local library to be sure it’s open!)

Also, write a letter to Santa and he will reply via US mail!  Pick out a free book to keep!

Thank you to Clinch Valley Printing, the White Family, Friends of Tazewell County Public Library, and Labor of Love Mission for making this program possible!

Let the library help you remember this holiday season with joy!

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Current Library Hours

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Bluefield Richlands Pocahontas Tazewell
Sunday Closed Closed Closed Closed
Monday 9am – 5:30pm 11am – 8pm Closed 9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 11am – 8pm 9am – 5:30pm 12pm – 5pm 9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 9am – 5:30pm 9am – 5:30pm 12pm – 5pm 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday 9am – 5:30pm 9am – 5:30pm 12pm – 5pm 9am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 5:30pm 9am – 5:30pm 12pm – 5pm 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm 9am – 1pm 10pm – 2pm 9am – 1pm

Holiday & Closings

TCPL observes most federal and state holidays.

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Easter Weekend
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Juneteenth (observed June 12th)
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas (Days & Hours vary)
  • New Years Day
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Fall 2020 Activities for Kids

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Fall 2020 Bingo

Autumn is Here and it is time for Fall BINGO! Make family fun reading activities a highlight of this fall season. Win a Magic Scratch when you get BINGO! Cards are available in print at your local library, or use our digital version. All ages welcome to participate. Now through the end of fall.  PDF | JPG

Grab & Go Bags

Grab and Go Bags at your Library! Stop by any Tazewell County Public Library and pick up Grab and Go Craft Bags for your kids to enjoy at home. Fun, hands-on and creative! Look for the bags at the entry or ask for them at the front desk. Bags include a Fall BINGO card full of family friendly reading activities. Win a Magic Scratch when you get BINGO!

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2020 Summer Reading

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Join your local librarians for a virtual lunch and enjoy a session of Laugh & Learn on Wednesdays at noon. We will demonstrate crafts, STEM experiments, food demos, tricks and stunts. Upcoming demos include “3 Ways to Make Lemonade” and “The Amazingly Precarious Fork Trick for Beginning Stuntologists.” Prepare to be amused and informed. Check our Facebook page to stay posted.

Also, be sure to catch Miss Lisa for a Virtual Story Time on Tuesdays at 11am on our Facebook page for a live event.

Stop by the library porch during open hours and pick up a “Grab & Go” bag of crafts & activities, including a Bingo sheet. Complete 20 or more of the READO/BINGO activities and show your card to a librarian to earn your prize bag. Check the library Facebook page or call your local library to find out when prize bags are available. Print off a Summer Reading Bingo: PDF

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Library Reopening

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Tazewell County Public Libraries are open to the public.  Our capacity is limited to 10 patrons in the building. We are asking patrons to limit their time to 1 hour blocks of time. We will continue curbside service. All libraries will return to regular business hours. Please see our Location and Hours page for regular hours.

Our staff has been diligently working during the library closure to enhance our online and curbside services. Those will continue for the foreseeable future. Additionally, we have modified our buildings to protect the staff and the public. You may notice some of the following changes when you visit us:

  • Some furniture removed
  • Remaining furniture spread further apart
  • Sneeze guards installed at circulation desks
  • All toys and manipulatives removed from children’s areas
  • 6 ft floor markers at circulation desks
  • Returned materials are sanitized and quarantined for 1 week.
  • All staff wearing masks

We strongly encourage all members of the public to wear masks when entering our buildings. This is for the protection of our staff and other vulnerable members of the public. We also have hand sanitizing stations available throughout the buildings, and encourage frequent hand washing and social distancing.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate these new challenges.

Erica Hall

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Library Closed due to COVID-19

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All TCPL locations will be closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19.  This was a very difficult decision to make, but the health and safety of our community, our patrons, and our staff is our priority.

The American Library Association released a statement today urging libraries to close, so we feel this is the right decision however upsetting it may be.

Please do not worry about returning what you have checked out right now, as due dates are automatically being extended. Late fines will not be accruing during this time.

In the meantime, we will still be offering limited services! These include:

  • Virtual book clubs on Facebook
  • E-book, e-audiobook, and e-magazine checkout via Libby and RBDigital
  • Staff-curated reading lists
  • Reference assistance
    • Mondays – Fridays from 10am – 4pm
  • Curbside service
    • Call or email staff to request items to pick up from Mondays – Fridays from 10am – 4pm
    • Arrange a time during these windows to pick up your items:
  • Public Wi-Fi use still available outside library buildings

-Erica Hall, Director

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