ELK POINT - The urge to read has not gone away during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, with more leisure time available, it may be stronger than ever, and Elk Point Municipal Library manager Daphne Schnurer assures patrons that although the library doors are closed to the public, “We’re still here.”
She and her staff are offering porch drop-offs or curbside pickups of reading material to seniors and vulnerable shut-ins in the community. If you fall in either of those categories, Schnurer invites you to “Please call the library and leave us a message, message us on Facebook or email us at email@example.com to tell us what you’d like to read and to make arrangements for pickup.”
Readers of all ages are invited to check out all the free e-resources at the bottom of the page on the library’s website at www.elkpointlibrary.ab.ca.
Some resources are free without a library card, such as Tumblebooks for kids. And for adults, now could be the time to learn a new language with Pronunciator or to update your resume with Cypress Resume. All are available on the library website.
Schnurer reminds those who haven’t already renewed their library card this year to call the library at 780-724-3737 to renew their card, or if you don’t have one, you can get a temporary library card at www.nlls.ab.ca/Temporary-Library-Card
Want something to read right now? Schnurer says to “Check out our pop-up library at Elk Point Cornerstone Co-op. We will be refilling the shelf and adding free activity handouts for families. Please help yourself.”
She adds, “Our books that we are taking to the pop-up library are from our storage shed and have been there for six months to a year,” so have not been exposed to the public.
Due to COVID-19, however, “We ask at this time that the general public refrain from dropping off materials” at the pop-up library.
The public can continue to access the library’s free Wi-Fi with their library card in the library’s parking lot, Schnurer says. She urges patrons to “Follow us on Facebook. We will be posting more great ideas to keep you busy at home,” adding a reminder that, “Our book return is open to drop off any materials. Please, everyone, stay safe, stay creative and stay at home.”