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Grateful for our libraries

Letter to the Editor

To the Editors, 

I really appreciate the heads up that our local libraries may be opening up this week. I just got the Lakeland newspaper this weekend and felt a need to express that the libraries are our source of community wellbeing.  

Many of us rely on the Internet and word processors available on site. I also appreciated the editors having mentioned the continued option of safety with curbside pickups, hand sanitizing stations, and seven-day book return quarantines.  

I’m sure I speak for many here in Lac La Biche when I say that we miss events like Rhyme Time for our toddlers. I have been a part of the parent group at the friendship centre here in town and we have had a few zoom activities, but nothing compares to being in a diversified facility like the library and allowing our kiddos to interact with each other.  

I do hope that our libraries will be able to open up some community activities in the near future. I especially appreciated Vicki Brooker’s short article explaining that the Elk Point library doesn’t have the staff available to open up quite yet.  

The short notice has left libraries under staffed. I do sympathize and so I will continue making curbside pickup appointments to borrow some of my family’s favourite Cree books like Powwow Counting in Cree and Nimoshom and His Bus, which are both by author Penny M. Thomas.  

I will keep my eyes and ears open for the next phase. 

A grateful reader and pre-service teacher, 

Maxine Desjarlais, Lac La Biche