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Leon County Libraries Handing Out Free Masks This Week

Leon County libraries are giving out free masks to people who need them.
Leon County libraries are giving out free masks to people who need them.

Leon County Public Libraries are giving away masks for free after the Leon County Commission passed an ordinance requiring people to wear masks inside public buildings.

Inside the LeRoy Collins Library, Stacy Shazel stands near the entrance picking out masks with her wife from a bin on the counter.

"I think it's an awesome thing. I think that's very great because there's a lot of people who can't afford to pay five or 10 dollars for a mask," Shazel says.

Her wife, Jeonna, says she couldn't breathe with the masks they had before.

"But these are the ones we just got we can breathe through them," Stacy says.

She's pointing to the white reusable masks they just got from the library. Director Debra Sears says the free masks are extremely popular:

"They are sort of lightweight. They are very comfortable. They are like a T-shirt fabric."

Two women stand close to one another. They are both wearing fabric face masks. Behind them is a parking lot with trees. Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM
Jeonna (left) and Stacy (right) Shazel wear the new fabric face masks they picked up from the LeRoy Collins Library.

The County has about 30,000 reusable fabric masks to give away now. Over the next several days, about 230,000 more are expected to come in. Sears says if people don't want to go inside the building to get a mask, they can use curbside pick-up:

"So if you want to, you're welcome to come and drive into the library. Stop at the curbside pick-up signs, call the phone number and staff will bring them out to you at your car."

Masks are available at all Leon County library locations. Each person can take one for themselves and one for each immediate member of their family.

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Jeonna (left) and Stacy (right) Shazel wear the new fabric face masks they picked up from the LeRoy Collins Library.
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Jeonna (left) and Stacy (right) Shazel wear the new fabric face masks they picked up from the LeRoy Collins Library.