The Cochrane Public Library will once again welcome the public back into its facility beginning June 29.
When the facility first opens, there will be capacity limits and limited hours to help library staff adhere to Alberta Health Services rules and recommendations.
The library will first operate from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. six days a week, from Monday-Saturday. The time between 9:30-10:30 a.m. each day before opening is designated as ‘vulnerable population hours’.
Significant health and safety precautions on the part of both staff and cardholder remain in place. For the most updated information, visit the library’s website at CochranePublicLibrary.ca.
Meanwhile, a popular summertime staple for youth programming at the Cochrane Public Library is back.
For several years, the TD Summer Reading Club has given younger Cochrane Public Library cardholders the opportunity to stay engaged in and excited about the world of literature during the months of the year spent far away from English classrooms.
“While the Club is still running this year, it’s going to look a lot different than in years previous,” said program librarian Andrea Johnston.
The change? Surprise, surprise: it involves a shift to a 100 per cent online presence.
Families can now log on to TDSummerReadingClub.ca to register for the club, create a virtual notebook, and start reading from a massive collection of titles.
There are books and stories grouped into a category for readers ages zero to five, one for readers ages six to eight, and one for ages nine to 12 years old in addition to an ‘all ages’ category.
“Kids can also get book recommendations, submit book reviews and jokes, get activity ideas, and access lots of fun and games on the TD Summer Reading Club website,” Johnston added.
“The Summer Reading Club is still going to be a lot of fun but just in a different format this year.”
A little extra incentive doesn’t hurt either.
“In years previous, participants were able to dig through a treasure chest for a prize after completing a page in the TD Summer Reading Club notebooks,” the librarian said.
“However, due to COVID-19, we don’t want everyone putting their hands into a treasure chest. Instead, we’ll have a list of prizes to choose from that the staff at the Library can then hand over. We still want to reward our amazing readers but we also want to be safe!”
Library staff are around on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Cochranites are welcome to give them a call at 403-932-4353 or visit the library website should they have any questions about the opening or signing up for a library card, currently available for free on a three-month trial.