MILLBURN, NJ — After the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Millburn was announced Friday afternoon, multiple steps have been undertaken to maintain public health and safety in the township.

The most recent of those steps involves the temporary closure of two little free library boxes maintained by the Friends of the Millburn Library.

In a Facebook post yesterday afternoon, the group explained the rationale behind the closure of the library boxes, citing health and sanitary concerns.

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"Since the principle of a Little Free Library is to encourage people to share books, and since we can not be certain that the books can be sanitized properly, nor can we control the number of visitors at any one point, we feel it is only responsible that we close our Little Free Libraries temporarily," the post read.

At this time, the friends are urging residents to not place books in the boxes, and to take advantage of the free online resources available from the Library.