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Kent District Library: Don't microwave your books before returning them

"The radio frequency tags in all KDL materials have metal in them. They will catch on fire in the microwave," the district library said on Facebook.

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — As libraries prepare to reopen across West Michigan, they are establishing strict safety measures to ensure books don't contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

But, the Kent District Library, which has 19 different branches, wants to reassure patrons that its staff are taking care of necessary sanitation. This comes after the Plainfield Township branch received a book that had been microwaved to help kill germs. 

KDL posted on their Facebook page that it will quarantine returned materials for 72 hours and that there is no need to take measures into your own hands, especially in the microwave. 

"The radio frequency tags in all KDL materials have metal in them. They will catch on fire in the microwave," the post says.

Book drops are open and KDL is offering curbside service for picking up items. The projected reopen date for limited service in the branches is Monday, July 6.  

Read more about the hours and the services available here 

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