Some in-person service returns to Blackfalds Library

Childrens’ programming remains digital for the time-being

The Blackfalds Public Library have shifted their programming online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

The Blackfalds Library recently reopened some of their services and programming as part of the Alberta Relaunch Phase 2 plan.

Despite the opening of some services, some library programming is remaining online.

“For our Summer Reading Program this year, we have decided that online is probably the best way to go with all of restrictions. We do not feel that we can do the program in a safe and efficient manner,” Laura Mackenzie, youth services librarian.

Children taking part in this year’s program will record their minutes online and they will be eligible throughout the summer for prizes.

“We are going to do a online Read-Across-Canada readathon. We are going to tally everyone’s minutes and turn them into kilometres. One reading minute will equal a kilometre and we will try to hit every province in Canada and try to make our way back to Blackfalds,” she said.

For teens and adults, a continuation of the Goodreads Book Review will continue, along with online Dungeons and Dragons programming.

“We are doing our book club still with our adults and we are able to meet outside. We are also doing adult D&D,” Mackenzie said.

Currently, the library is unable to have childrens’ programming inside — but some services inside are available.

“We are allowing people to come in, get there books out and use the computers for under a half hour. We currently don’t have gaming. People can’t sit or stay at this time,” she said.

Despite the necessary changes, Mackenzie said staff are pleased to see familiar faces.

“We are so happy we are able to do even this little bit and we are looking forward to slowly opening up as we are able to under the guidance of Alberta Health,” she said.

She added, “We are happy to see the families we have been missing and we are looking forward to doing as much as we can within the community.”

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