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NEW: ECRL Pandemic Response Plan

REVISED: Library Use Policy

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June 30, 2020 - Planning a Safe Return to Library Branches

Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) is in the process of making changes to our Library locations and procedures in order to provide the safest environment and services for both our members and our staff. The Library’s process of adapting service for the new normal is guided by the ECRL Pandemic Response Plan. The plan was carefully researched and approved by the ECRL Board. It is publicly available here in the Policies section of our website.

Our latest service addition is contactless Curbside Pickup, which is currently available in Mulgrave and St. Peter’s. This service will be starting at other library locations in early July and we encourage library members to visit our online catalogue to start placing requests for pickup. Local library staff will call to let patrons know when their materials are available and to arrange a pickup time.  

Beginning in early August, ECRL will offer Library by Appointment at as many library locations as feasible. As the largest geographic library Region in the Province with one of the lowest staff contingents, ECRL has many unique challenges dealing with the pandemic. All of our library locations have no manager onsite and only one library assistant working at a time. As our locations are in rural communities where many users have to drive to get to the library, we want to provide scheduled access to those who wish to visit a branch. Library by Appointment will allow staff to serve members and ensure that the capacity of the Library facility is kept to a safe level to maintain physical distancing. Where and when available, members of the public can call or email a branch to book an appointment. Please note that membership is now required to visit a library. Sign up for your free library card online by submitting this form online. New library users will be provided with an account number and PIN by email. Those without internet access can call their local library to register.

Another important change members should be aware of is that library schedules have been adjusted to reduce the impact of COVID-19 related cleaning and to better serve a wider range of community members’ schedules. You will find the hours at your nearest branch posted on our website. You can stay up to date on all our service offerings by visiting our website often, or following us on social media: facebook.com/ECRLibrary | twitter.com/ecrlibrary.

At branches where Library by Appointment is offered, we will ask that members maintain proper physical distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available, and we will ask all visitors to sanitize their hands before using computers or browsing the collection. Library locations will be limiting the number of patrons permitted inside. All library appointments will be 30 minutes. Please be aware: seating and computers within branches have been reduced to ensure physical distancing. Public computers may require booking and will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes. This will help ensure that as many people have access to this technology as possible, while also allowing staff time to properly sanitize computer stations between uses. Keyboards and mice will be disinfected between each use, as well as washed thoroughly at the end of each day. Additionally, ECRL’s Library Use policy has been updated to reflect that visitors are required to follow pandemic related procedures as a condition of using the Library and that protocols may change as the pandemic progresses. All ECRL public service policies can be found on our website here.

“The Library serves a lot of vulnerable people, seniors and those with chronic health conditions. Our goal is to offer safe services that fit our rural context and organizational capacity. With research and hard work, I believe our team has found a positive way forward,” said CEO Laura Emery. “I know our library staff are really looking forward to serving their communities again. I hope that library members who have good health and fewer concerns about COVID-19 will have patience with and support our inclusive approach. The Library should be safe and available for everyone.”

Download a printable version of this media release here.

June is National Indigenous History Month

In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. ECRL staff have selected a sample of titles that will help you learn about Indigenous communities and experiences, past and present. Click here to view the list.

National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating, and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada, and we hope this list will help you do that. 

Anti-Racist Reading

ECRL believes that all people are equally deserving of respect, peace, safety, and humanity. We recognize it is vital to understand how our current system devalues the lives of those without the privilege of whiteness. To help us all learn we have recently added more books about racism, anti-racism, and white fragility to our collection. Please join us in reading about this crucial issue. If there is something we are missing, please let us know.

Staff have selected a sample of titles to support learning. Click here to view our recommendations.

Pride Month Reading List

In honour of the first ever Strait Area Pride Rally, ECRL staff have selected a sample of titles to help you learn, explore, and celebrate for Pride Month. Enjoy these memoirs, stories, and learning resources from and about LGBTQ2+ individuals. Click here to view the list.

Recommended Reads: Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens, originally called war gardens or liberty gardens, gained popularity during World War II. Canadians, much like those in the USA and England, were encouraged to plant gardens as a way to provide themselves with nutritious food during uncertain times.

As we now face newfound uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage the public to revisit the idea of planting a Victory Garden. Not only will gardening help to provide us with nutritious food, taking up gardening can also provide a healthy and productive distraction and boost morale.

We encourage you to help yourself, help your neighbours, and help your community by taking up gardening. Enjoy therapeutic work and watching plants grow. Reap the rewards of eating local and feel good about sharing with family, friends, neighbours, or foodbanks. 

Library staff have put together lists of eBook recommendations of titles that will help you to make your way through your gardening journey. 

We Recommend:

Gardening for your space: Click here to find recommendations that ECRL staff think may help you determine how to best utilize your space and learn how to get started. While planting directly in the ground can be a great choice, there are many of alternatives to explore, like raised beds, containers, and more. Check out our recommended reads to learn more.

Previous recommendations:

Gardening for beginners: These books will help you learn about starting seeds, nursing your seedlings, teaching children about gardening, and much more. Click here to view our recommendations.

Featured Digital Content: Consumer Reports

The Consumer Reports database features ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of consumer products and services. Consumer Reports is the world's largest nonprofit product-testing organization and has been helping subscribers find better, safer products for 80+ years. Consumer Reports accepts no outside advertising and no free test samples, and employs shoppers and experts to buy and test the products reviewed. ECRL users can compare price, performance, and reliability all in one place with expert reviews. 

Accessing Consumer Reports

To use Consumer Reports, click here and enter your library card number to gain access.

To learn about other ways that ECRL members can use the library online, visit our Digital Content page.

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Click here to find out essential information about your ECRL membership. Maximize the power of your library card! 

Can't find it?

Are you looking for something that is not in our collection? Please submit one of the following requests:

For new and locally significant items: Suggestion for Purchase

Note: We are requesting that members of the public help us develop ECRL's Acadian Collection. Read more 

For items older than six months: Interlibrary Loan service temprorarily suspended

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