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. 


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


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. 


Looking for Teen Programs?

We've moved our teen programming online for the foreseeable future!

Follow our Instagram account - @LPLTeenZone - for all the newest updates and activities.  We'll be sharing ideas to help you keep busy, resources to help you learn, and ways you can get involved and help the community from home.

If you have any great ideas, you can share them with our teenbrarian by emailing paige.mcgeorge@lethlib.ca or getting in touch on Instagram.


Teen Programs Newsletter

Want to keep up with everything happening at the library for teens?  Subscribe to our newsletter!

Once a month, you'll get an email with program information, plus PDFs of all our program posters to share.

Just fill out this quick form to be added to our list.


Reading YA Online

Need to get a YA book fix?
Here are some great, free options for teen books!

For some of these, you'll need a library card number and PIN.  You can set one up online if you live in Lethbridge and you don't already have one!


First Nations Communities Read

 Have fun reading & enter to win some great prizes.

Includes three categories:  Children’s, Teen and Adult titles.  
 
Click HERE for a full list of titles
Entry Forms can be picked up at any location. Participants will have a chance to enter their name to win prizes.
Draw will take place on  National Aboriginal Day, June 21
 


Books with Buzz

Looking for the newest teen books? 
Want to know what the hottest reads are?

Check our Teen Picks list regularly to place your holds on the newest and coolest YA titles.


Online Teen Streaming Calendar

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