It’s been a long three months, but the Ponoka Jubilee Library will soon reopen.
The facility will officially open to the public as of June 22, 10 days after the province gave libraries the go-ahead through Phase II of its relaunch plan.
“We will be limiting access initially from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to patrons that work in the medical fields and to those that are part of a vulnerable population,” said library manager Dan Galway.
“That will be followed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with general public access, though there will be a limit of 50 people at any one time.”
Patrons will be asked to maintain physical distancing measures along with using the hand sanitizing stations that will be located inside both entrance doors. In addition, directional and informational signs as well as barriers will be in place for everyone’s safety. All staff members will be wearing masks.
“All of the procedures people are used to when going to many businesses is what they will see here,” he said.
“There will be signs on the floor showing where to wait and which way to go in our aisles. Our hope is that people will be respectful of others and observe and follow these directions.”
The number of computers available for use have also been cut to eight from the usual 14 to comply with physical distancing, which means people are being requested to call ahead to reserve a time slot.
Galway added that the library will continue with some of its online programming and their curbside pick up between 3 and 6 p.m., that began on June 8.
“While the bulk of our programs don’t run over the summer, we will still have tons of kids’ programs online,” he said.
“Meanwhile, our summer reading program students are currently setting things up. We are also hoping to do some outdoor programming that may include some film screenings, but are still consulting with public health on how that may work.”
To check out the online offerings, head to www.ponokalibrary.prl.ab.ca or check out their Facebook (ponokajubileelibrary) and Twitter (PonokaJubilee) accounts.
For more information about their reopening, curbside pick up or to reserve time on a computer, call 403-783-3843.