With Airdrie Public Library (APL) programmers taking a two-week break to prepare for the second part of fall, now would be a good time to come into the library to check out the latest additions to our collection.
Every week, APL staff are adding hundreds of new titles from children’s board books to graphic novels to the latest potboilers.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, “going out” has become something we all carefully consider. It's coming to ask if an outing is safe for you or your family. These are legitimate concerns we all must consider, and coming to a very public place like the library is no different.
Since APL reopened in June, we have implemented strict Alberta Health Services safety protocols and suggestions. We require that masks be worn by anyone older than 6, and everyone must sanitize their hands when entering and practise physical distancing.
We also have a limit of 70 people in the building at one time, but patrons are welcome to come and browse, use a computer, the photocopier or sit by the fireplace and read at their leisure.
We have dedicated study spaces throughout the library, the exam room is available, the walls are graced with the art and prose of the 2020 Voice and Vision Project 2020 and in November, the Makerspace will be open to cohorts of four.
The children’s area, which is a smaller space, has a limit of eight people at a time. However, it’s easy to pop by for a Grab and Go bag, browse the many new titles or to say hello to Gilbert the Reading Fish, who still enjoys children reading to him.
Other than that, surfaces like keyboards, desks and high-touch areas are routinely cleaned after use.
Yes, coming to the library facility is not the same as before, but what hasn’t changed is our goal: to inspire lifelong learning, imagination and creativity through our inclusive programs, services and collections.
For more information visit us at www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca.