Invermere library reopens for summer

Summer Reading Club and Pop-up Story Time return

Submitted by Blair McFarlane

The Invermere Library is reopening!

In line with BC’s phase 3 plan, the library will be open to patrons as of June 22. Things won’t be quite back to normal, so please read on so you know what to expect. Only six patrons are allowed in the library at a time, and we are only open to browse shelves and checkout items. There will be no seating and no public computer access available. Contactless printing service is currently available. Please email the documents you want printed to publiclibrary@invermere.net and we will print them for you (in-library or curbside pickup). If you are not feeling well, do not come to the library, and try to limit visits to one family member when possible. Our washrooms will not be open to the public. We are continuing curbside pickup for the foreseeable future, as well as in-library checkouts.

We are open for our regular hours again, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

When you do come in, be sure to check out our new soundproof tech booth (pictured), which is not quite available for use, but is very cool!

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club will still go ahead but now has a FREE take-home kit with online content too. The theme this summer is “Explore our Universe” and as an avid space lover, I’m out of this world excited! To sign-up for the weekly take home kit, register on our website (you can sign-up for the whole summer or just a week or two). Kits will be available for pick up outside the library each Thursday morning beginning July 9.

There will be two ways to track your reading this summer. Head to the bcsrc.ca website, make an account and track your reading online each day to earn badges. Or come pick up a paper reading log like usual. You must complete a paper log to win a Lego minifigure (while supplies last)!

If you would like the reading log without participating in the weekly take-home kits, they will be available for pickup from July 2 on. Programming is designed for kids finished kindergarten to grade 7. All Summer Reading Club details can be found on our website: invermere.bc.libraries.coop.

Pop-Up Story Time

We are also extremely excited to say Pop-up Story Time will go ahead this year every Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. in July and August!

In light of social distancing, we will be taking a few precautions. There will be two sessions a week with the same books. Please only come to one session per week and bring your own blanket to sit on so that we can space out. If you or your child(ren) are not feeling well, do not attend Pop-up Story Time that week. Instead of craft time together, we will be sending everyone home with a little craft kit!

Pop-up Story Time is geared towards ages five and under but all are welcome! Events are weather permitting.

Our first Pop-up Story Time will be July 2 and 3 at Pothole Park at 11 a.m.. Check our website, Facebook or Instagram for dates and locations throughout the summer.

We are very excited to see our wonderful patrons again and we appreciate your patience and understanding with all the new protocols.

See you soon!

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