Lethbridge Public Library is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Read more in our statement below.

COVID-19 Resources

The world is currently experiencing a pandemic from the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Lethbridge Public Library is actively monitoring the situation, and protecting the health and safety of our staff, customers, and the general public. Here is some information on what you should know about COVID-19.

Up-To-Date Information on COVID-19
Alberta Health Services
City of Lethbridge
Government of Alberta
Government of Canada
World Health Organization
Alberta Masks

Symptoms
COVID-19 symptoms are like seasonal and other respiratory illnesses. They can range from mild to severe and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Older adults and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are more likely to become seriously ill. 

If you are experiencing symptoms:

  • AND have travelled outside of Canada
  • OR have been in close contact with someone displaying symptoms who recently returned from outside Canada 
  • OR have been in close contact with a case of COVID-19

Alberta Health Services mandates by law that you self-isolate and limit contact with others for the next 14 days. If you are unsure whether you should self-isolate or have questions about how to self-isolate, contact Health Link by calling 811.

Steps to Staying Healthy
The best way to fight COVID-19 is to wash your hands.

Wash Your Hands

  • Use soap and water, lather your hands, and scrub for 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands for 10 seconds in running water.
  • Dry with a clean paper towel, turning off water taps using the paper towel.

After

  • Sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose.
  • Using the washroom.
  • Handling garbage.
  • Working outdoors.

Before and After

  • Preparing and eating food.
  • Touching a cut or open sore.
  • Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Prevent the Spread of Germs

  • Cough and sneeze into your arm/elbow.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth after shaking hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching hard surfaces like counters and door handles.
  • Stay home and away from others if you are feeling symptoms.

Sanitize

  • If you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with 60 percent alcohol or more.
  • Antibacterial soap does not work better than plain soap in preventing infection and can cause antibiotic resistance.

Social Distancing 

  • Adjust greetings to avoid physical contact, using a wave, nod or bow instead.
  • Keep at least 2 metres away from others when out for groceries, medical trips, or other essential needs.
  • Limit the number of times you leave your home for errands.
  • Try to shop at less busy times. 
  • Order online to have groceries or other items delievered if possible. 
  • Avoid crowded spaces like elevators or enclosed spaces. 
  • Follow Alberta's recommendations on mass gatherings. 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces. 
  • Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain social distancing of two metres at all times. Visit www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx for more information about non-medical masks and how to put one on. 

Albert's Relaunch Strategy

On April 30 the Province of Alberta announced a staged COVID-19 relaunch.

Early Actions:

  • Alberta Health Services will resume some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries as soon as May 4.
  • Dental and other regulated health-care workers such as physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, chiropractors, optometry and more will be allowed to resume services starting May 4.

Some businesses and facilities will start resuming operations as soon as May 14, 2020.

  • retail stores like clothing, furniture and bookstores
  • all farmers market vendors
  • barber shops and hair sylists
  • museums and art galleries
  • daycare and out-of-school care, with limits on occupancy
  • summer camps
  • cafes, restaurants, lounges, bars and pubs at 50 per cent capacity

Provincial Statement
Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy


Navigating Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit 

Who is Eligible to apply?

  • Those residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Those who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.
  • Workers who are earning up to $1,000 a month, such as contract or gig economy workers, or who have seasonal employment and can’t find a job due to COVID-19, as well as those who are running out of employment insurance, can now apply to collect the CERB for up to four months.

You should apply for Canada's Emergency Response Benefit if...

  • You have been laid off or your hours have been reduced to zero.
  • You are in quarantine or sick due to COVID-19.
  • You are away from work to take care of others because they are in quarantine, sick due to COVID-19; and/or
  • You are away from work to take care of children or other dependents whose care facility is closed due to COVID-19.
  • You can also apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits.

Who can I call for more information?

Anywhere in Canada – 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
Canada Revenue Agency:
1-800-959-8281 help with MyAccount
1-800-387-1193 help with benefits
 
Rachael Harder MP for Lethbridge - 403-320-0070 (Rachael.Harder@Parl.gc.ca)
 
Government of Alberta: 1-310-4455
 
Nathan Neudorf MLA for Lethbridge - East - 403.320.1011 (Lethbridge.East@assembly.ab.ca)
Shannon Phillips MLA for Lethbridge - West – 403.329.4644 (Lethbridge.West@assembly.ab.ca)

This document is meant as a basic guide and does not replace Governmental guidance. Care has been taken when creating this document, and we will update as required. 


Surprise Me - Grab Bags

Missing the ability to browse our shelves?
Having a hard time finding things to put on hold?
Well look no further - let library staff pick items for you!

Simply fill out the "Surprise Me" form and let staff do the picking for you. Choose your format and genre from the list, and we'll fill a bag with items we think you'll love.

Once items have been selected, you will get a holds notice letting you know when you can come pick up your grab bag.

Simple as that, and full of surprises!


Updates on our response to COVID-19 and changes to service

Please note: public libraries in Alberta a part of the Province's Phase 2 Relaunch Strategy. As you will appreciate, the planning around this will be complex, and we will be carefully evaluating our service levels. Our top priority will always be to protect the health and safety of our employees and customers. Please check back regularly for updates.

Lethbridge Public Library has been closely monitoring the developments related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This has been a constantly evolving situation, and we are working in collaboration with our City officials to ensure Lethbridge Public Library practices reflect new information as it is made available.

All branches of the Lethbridge Public Library – Main Branch, Crossings Branch, and Bookmobile – are closed until further notice.

Are the Book Drop Boxes open?

Yes, there is one Book Drop open at the Main Branch and Crossings Branch. If you have items to be returned to the:
Main Branch: drop in the book return located at the children’s department entrance
Crossings Branch: drop in the return slot located at the south entrance (Britannia Blvd. W.)

What do I do with materials I currently have on loan?

If you have materials currently on loan, loans will be extended until we reopen and late fees will be waived.

Can I still place holds?
Please visit our Curbside Pick Up How To Instructions on our main page for information on requesting books at this time.

Can I still request interlibrary loans?
Interlibrary loan requesting and lending has been suspended.

What do I do if my membership is about to expire
If your membership is about to expire, it will be extended.

What if I’ve forgotten my PIN?
Click on the “Forgot Your PIN” link on the login page to reset your PIN.

What if I am having trouble logging into PressReader, hoopla, or Libby?
If you’re having trouble logging into these electronic services, check out our tutorials below.

Can I talk to someone from the Library?
For the time being, customer support and information services will continue to be available from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Monday - Saturday) and 12 - 5 (Sunday). You can reach our staff through our website or by calling 403-380-7330 (Main Branch) or 403-320-4037 (Crossings Branch).

When will the Library reopen?
We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice of our local, provincial, and federal officials.

Please watch our website and social media for updates.

Our number one priority will always be to protect the health and safety of our employees and customers. We are in all instances committed to supporting a continuity of Library services for our community, and continuing to work towards alternative service delivery.

Video Tutorials

Written instructions to access Flipster, hoopla, PressReader, and RBdigital are also attached. 

Access the Tumblebook Library by clicking below.
www.lethlib.ca/promotion/tumblebook-childrens-library

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Curbside Pick Up - Effective May 21

Curbside Pick Up at Lethbridge Public Library
A How-To

We are happy to announce that we have reopened some of our book returns and are offering limited curbside pick up service!

At this time, only items located and checked in at Lethbridge Public Library branches are available to be requested for pickup.

How to request an item?
To search for items that are currently available to borrow at Lethbridge Public Library:

  • Visit Lethbridge Public Library’s website at www.lethlib.ca or go to the BiblioCommons search page here
  • Type your search query into the search bar and hit “enter”.
  • Make sure to clear the filters at the top of the results page or click on the “X” to clear the “access online” filter to ensure you see all available in branch items.
  • Click on available now in the left-hand list, and expand the list, scrolling down to select "Lethbridge – Main Library”, “Lethbridge – The Crossings Branch” or "Lethbridge - Bookmobile" from the list of libraries that appears.
  • Once you have located an item in the catalogue, click on view details and ensure it says available at your selected location.
  • Place the item on hold, at this time items cannot be transferred between locations, so if you want to pick up a title from the Main Branch ensure that title is available there.
  • Enter in you account information. At this time, only 10 requests per card holder can be made.
  • Wait for a confirmation email or phone call to come to the library to pick up your items.

***Please note: we will respond to all pick-up requests in the order that they are received. An item that appears as being "In" in the catalogue may not be available if another patron earlier in the queue has already requested it.  

If you need a library card, please complete our online Library Membership Registration Form.

If you do not wish to put individual items on hold, we are also offering a “Surprise Me” selection of items, the form for this service can be found on our main page on the website www.lethlib.ca.

Toys and Physical Literacy Kits will be made available at a later date.

Please note: as the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, we may need to cancel these services without notice.

The Public Services Library Branch has temporarily suspended the interlibrary loan system; therefore, it is not possible to place holds or bring items in from other libraries at this time.  Curbside pickup will only be available for items that are currently in our collection.

Curbside Pick Up Instructions

  • Main and Crossings Branches: 12 - 4 pm. Monday-Saturday.
  • Bookmobile: 12:45 - 4 pm. Tuesday (Nicholas Sheran Pool), Wednesday (Lakeview Park), Thursday (Park Meadows Mall).
  • After you have received your confirmation email or phone call you will be able to come to the library to pick up your items. You have 10 days to pick up your items once you have been notified.
  • When you arrive please park in the reserved parking spots:
  1. Main Branch: on the north end of the parking lot and call 403-380-7346
  2. Crossings Branch: in the north parking lot and call 403-320-4037
  3. Bookmobile: by the sign near the Bookmobile and call 403-330-4775
  • Please give staff your last name and library card number.
  • Staff will then check out your items on to your card. We ask that you please stay in your car at this time.
  • Staff will then place your items in a bag and place them on a table just outside the nearest doors (rear doors of the Bookmobile).
  • We ask that you retrieve the items and return to your vehicle.

 
Item Returns
If you have items to be returned to the:

  • Main Branch: drop in the book return located at the children’s department entrance
  • Crossings Branch: drop in the return slot located at the south entrance (Britannia Blvd. W.)
  • Bookmobile: drop in the book drop located on the exterior of the Bookmobile.

All items will be placed in quarantine for three days, and then checked in. You will not be assessed overdue fines at this time. The items will be checked in after the three-day quarantine period.

COVID-19
 Disclaimer

The COVID-19 virus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2–3 days on plastic and stainless steel. As books cannot be effectively cleaned and disinfected, it may be wise to store books for a minimum of 24 hours before handling them. Patrons who are immune compromised or otherwise susceptible to COVID-19 infection should not take out items from the library. Patrons should wash hands before and after handling books and other items, avoid touching their faces while reading and avoid sneezing or coughing onto the page while reading.


American Classic Movies: Round One

 What is your favourite American Classic movie?

Here are 16 titles fighting against each other to determine the ultimate American Classic. 
Over four round of voting during the month of June we will vote for our favourites.

Vote now HERE.

Every round of voting goes from Monday-Saturday. Vote every day to make sure that your favourite makes it to the next round.

To see a list of participating movies click here.


Live Streams

Our doors may be closed, but our programs are still running!
You can check out these live streaming programs and visit our YouTube and Facebook pages for even more good stuff from your Lethbridge Public Library.
www.youtube.com/lethlib/
www.facebook.com/LethlibKids/


Lethbridge Public Library Reads

Six books, six champions, one winner. LPL Reads is a "literary Survivor," with library staff championing books. The community will vote to eliminate books, until one title is chosen as the book everyone should read.

May 20-25: The six books and their champions are announced.

May 27- June 6: The champions defend the books they have chosen.

June 8 - June 13: Books are eliminated one-by-one until we have a winner!!

Read the Books:



Dealing With Dragons

Looking for a way to wind down in the evenings?

Join Paige the Teenbrarian for a bedtime story, every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8pm. 

You'll find the story livestreamed on our Instagram account: @lethlib.  If you don't catch it live, it will be up for 24 hours - but only 24 hours!

We're currently reading a chapter a night of Patricia C. Wrede's Dealing With Dragons.  Big thanks to HMH Books for letting libraries share stories during these strange times!



Lethbridge Public Library Grows: Seed Library

Lethbridge Public Library Grows Seed Library is a free community seed initiative that provides an opportunity for local residents to grow their own healthy, affordable food. People can borrow seeds at no charge. They plant, grow, and harvest plants while letting a few plants mature and return to seed. These new seeds are then returned to the library for the next growing season’s collection. By returning seeds from successful plants, local gardeners help sustain the library’s collection, as well as help cultivate seeds that are especially suited to Lethbridge’s growing conditions.

Patrons can select the seeds they would like below and the library will mail seeds to the address provided.

Choose Your Seeds Here


Online Streaming Calendar

Week of June 1 2020

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