Inside Voices – Today we’re using our Inside Voices to welcome you back!

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Welcome back

Since our doors reopened on July 5, we have been so pleased to welcome you back inside the Library. To provide a safe environment for all, we are following standard COVID-19 protocols including requiring masks, promoting social distancing and reducing seating inside the library.

During our closure we did the best we could to keep you supplied with books, movies, video games, magazines and more! Thanks to everyone who took advantage of our curbside pickup service. We know it wasn’t quite the same, but we were glad to provide the service and see you in person.

Our biggest news? Well, we have a new CEO!

Please join us in welcoming Lisa Worobec, our new CEO. She is very excited to finally be able to see your bright, shining faces — or at least your eyes — as you start to enjoy the Library again. You can read more about her in this Petawawa Post article. We are looking forward to working with her.

Lots of new books available

Not surprisingly, we had far less traffic during the COVID-19 closure than we usually would. However, there is some really good news because there are still lots of fresh new books and DVDs sitting here on our shelves. Come in and sneak a peek at our “New Books” shelves and check our NextReads binders to see what we have added over the past few months.

Pro tip: To keep up to date with the latest releases, subscribe to our NextReads newsletters. You can also view past issues of NextReads on our website. The beauty of these online options, is that each title links directly to our catalogue so you can check availability and place holds.

Libby to the rescue of those stranded without books!

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Kudos to those who made the leap into reading online with the Libby app when access to the Library was reduced.  We hope you’ll continue to enjoy ebooks and audiobooks, even while returning to browsing our shelves in person.

Wait. You haven’t met Libby yet? Here’s how to fix that:

No more quarantine on check ins — Longer check outs continue

We no longer have to quarantine returned items for three days. What a relief. Now, when you check your account online, there should be no confusion about what we say you have and what you actually have.

In addition, the extended due dates we set up at the beginning of the Pandemic will continue for now. We will provide lots of notice when this changes. Until then, enjoy the extra time with your library materials.

Public Internet computers still available

Public Internet computers are available. Because equipment and workspaces need be sanitized between each use, please stop by the desk and request a clean keyboard (wrapped in cellophane) and a mouse.

How to search our catalogue while our search computers are off limits

Search computers in the library are currently not available. However, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help to find what you are looking for. Remember, you can always take advantage of our free wifi to search our Catalogue on your own phone or tablet. You can also plan for your visit by checking your computer at home before you come to the Library.

We encourage you to continue to place holds from home as well. Just remember to wait until you receive an email or phone call letting you know your items are ready to pick up.

Our Museum and Park partners now require you to pre-book your visit when you borrow a pass from the Library

COVID-19 has really done a number on how we live our lives and access services. Even our Museum and Provincial Park partners have made some changes to how the public will arrange visits to their facilities. This includes those of us borrowing passes from the Library. The biggest change is the requirement to contact the museum or park you wish to visit in advance to book a spot. Each organization has its own guidelines for this. We’re trying to provide up-to-date information on the Museum Pass and Park Pass pages of our website.

It is important to know that our policy for borrowing passes has not changed:

  • Passes go out for 1 week at a time and they cannot be placed on hold.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee you will be able to book a visit at your museum or park of choice during the week you have borrowed the pass. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Library Programming for all ages

Aside from the great selection of items we lend out, the Library is known for the high quality programming we provide to the community. We kept this up throughout the Pandemic by providing take-home activities for kids, teens and adults. While these proved to be very popular, we know how much you missed our in-person programs. The good news is we have started up once again and it will only get better!

Programs for Kids have begun!

Our summer students Celeste and Tia are running the TD Summer Reading Program this year. Laura is back to offer music classes and Liz is doing Storytime in the Park! These are all held outdoors and social distancing is observed. More information and registration links are available on our Children’s Calendar. Check our Facebook page for to up-to-date information about sessions and schedule changes.

Programs for Adults returning soon

Michelle, famous for her energetic and entertaining Library videos, also organizes our Adult programs. Watch Facebook and our Adult Programs page for announcements about Meditation classes and the Craft, Crochet & Knitting Circle later this summer. Take and Make kits will still be available. Drop in to see what’s on offer.

Looking ahead!

Unfortunately we’re not quite ready for Rotary Room rentals, exam bookings or welcoming volunteers back yet, but we are definitely looking forward to the time when current restrictions can be eased. Doing our parts to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by continuing to wear masks, maintaining social distance and keeping our vaccination appointments will mean this can happen sooner, rather than later. Stay safe and healthy!

And welcome back.