Our doors are open! We want to thank everyone for their patience, kind words, and support during these unprecedented times. Our community is truly one of a kind, which is why we took the time to create a re-opening strategy that recognizes this. All staff have completed training specific to sanitizing surfaces and loaned items, as well as the correct use of PPE, this will of course be reflected in the physical appearance of the library (plexiglass barriers, removal of furniture and toys), as well as the modification of services provided, but what will not change is our passion for our community. When you are planning a visit to your local branch be sure to bring a mask, keep your distance, sanitize and remember to return all material to the drop box. Also, be prepared to potentially wait, as there is a limit of ten people per branch at a time. We will continue to quarantine books for 7 days before placing them back into circulation. Computers will be available for 30 minute sessions, and limited computers will be available to allow for physical distancing. Curbside pickup and printing will continue. We also recommend you check out our website to keep up to date with any changes to our hours of operation: cmlibraries.ca.
Hey families! Looking for fun home based activities? This month we are offering take home cipher kits/ secret code kits for children in primary through to intermediate grades (some parental assistance will be required for primary students). Each kit comes with an instructional bookmark, a locked box, a book where the secret code is extracted from, and a prize. Request your kit through email@example.com. Supplies are limited. Looking to get outside? We will be offering ‘Learning Trails’, a walk through educational activity for children in kindergarten through to grade 8. We will offer companion activities, such as scavenger hunts, secret codes to break and write, poems to create, and riddles to solve. Where possible we will incorporate the Ontario curriculum. For specific dates and times please subscribe to our electronic newsletter, the link can be found on our webpage, or request a printed copy at your local branch.
All ages activities! Grab a zucchini and get ‘zany’! Decorate a zucchini and bring it down to the Millbrook Branch on Saturday, September 12th at 1pm. Enjoy a walk through ‘Learning Trail’ that touches on zucchini facts, and the history of the amazing (but this year postponed) Millbrook Zucchini Fest. We will also put all the zany zucchini’s on display and choose a winner by popular vote. As always stay safe and stay distanced. While we are on the topic of items fresh from the garden, be sure to save your seeds and drop them off to either branch for our seed library. We have envelopes available to ensure all necessary details are recorded, these can be requested for curbside pickup. Finally, we are reuniting our Community Threads in a physically distanced outdoor get together on Saturday, September 5th at 1pm at the Bruce Johnston Branch. If you would like to join us, request your sanitized knitting station by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we continue to diversify our e-resources, we are pleased to announce we have added Acorn TV (through RB Digital) to our line up. You will be able to use your library card to login and stream World-class TV from Britain and beyond. If you’re a fan of mysteries check out these popular series ‘Midsomer Murders’, and ‘Rebus’ (based on the series from Scottish author Ian Rankin. There is also plenty of witty British comedies, dramas, and more.
Please note that during this time events and programs may be cancelled without notice as we carefully follow the guidance of public health officials and the municipality. We will also cancel outdoor programs if there is inclement weather. For up to date details and information follow our Facebook page and check out our webpage.
By Melanie Crouch, Coordinator of Programming, Partnerships and Outreach, CM Libraries
Coordinator of Programming, Partnerships, and Outreach
Cavan Monaghan Libraries