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.

Protecting Yourself Against COVID-19

The world is currently experiencing a pandemic from the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Lethbridge Public Library is actively monitoring 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

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 recommends 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 15-20 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 6 feet away (length of a bicycle) 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. 


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

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?
No, the Book Drop Boxes at all branches of the Lethbridge Public Library are now CLOSED. Please DO NOT return your items. You will not be charged late fees. 

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?
You will not be able to place holds on physical materials or pick up those holds at the Branches at this time. However, you can still place holds on electronic materials.

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. 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


Kids Book Tournament

  

Vote Now!


Vote for your favourite!
The Lethbridge Public Library Kids Book Tournament has started!

Voting for Round One goes from April 6 to April 11.

                            Vote HERE

Round Two voting will begin April 13.

Want to read the books? Find a list of the titles HERE.
Thank you for participating.

 


Borrow Ebooks and Audiobooks from Home

Did you know that you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from home using your smartphone or tablet? 

The library has thousands of books and audiobooks to choose from, and the Libby app is free for download for both Android and iOS operating systems. Check out one of the guides or video tutorial below to get started today!

Video Tutorial: youtu.be/GMBGbnJxr_w


TumbleBook Children's Library

Did you know that with you Lethbridge Public Library card you can access hundreds of animated and interactive children's stories, games, and videos through TumbleBook Library.

Access TumbleBook Library Here.


Online Book Club - The Call of the Wild

We might not be able to watch the movie in theatres, but we can read the book as a community! Download The Call of the Wild today, and read along with our library staff!

In this quintessential adventure story, Jack London takes readers on an arduous journey through the forbidding Alaskan landscape during the gold rush of the 1890s. Buck, a rangy mixed breed used to a comfortable, sun-filled life as a family dog, is stolen by a greedy opportunist and sold to dog traffickers. In no time, Buck finds himself on a team of sled dogs run ragged in the harsh winter of the Klondike. In a climate where every day is a savage struggle for survival, the last traces of Buck's soft, pampered existence are erased as his dormant primordial urges -- deeply embedded for generations -- are brutally awakened.

The superb detail, taken from London's firsthand knowledge of Alaskan frontier life, makes this classic tale as gripping today as it was almost a hundred years ago. No other novel has so clearly shown the fragile separation between tame and wild, between man and beast.

Download the Book Now

Facebook Discussion Group

Movie Trailer



SOLARO

Did you know we can help with homework while kids are out of school!

SOLARO is a homework help tool, based on the Alberta education curriculum. It offers study help and exam preparation for students in grades three through twelve. Create an account, work through course lessons, reviews and quizzes, and improve your grades!

Get started now

or if you're having trouble signing in, take a look at the attached PDF. 


Lethbridge Public Library Online Writing Club

Did you know? The Lethbridge Public Library now has an online writing club! It's a place to work on craft and to connect with other writers!

This group is for everyone. For those who are picking up a pen for the first time or who want to write to de-stress. And for those who want to write professionally or who have a few books under their belt.

Join us on our Facebook Page. We'll be posting about writing, planning virtual write-ins, and issuing fun writing challenges. 


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 page for even more good stuff from your Lethbridge Public Library.


Online Streaming Calendar

Week of April 6 2020

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
All day
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8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
9:00 am
 
 
 
 
 
 
10:00 am
 
 
 
 
1:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
8:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
9:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calendar Legend

ItemKey
Bookmobile
 
Main Branch
 
The Crossings Branch