Key Message Updates

A Key Messages Update is published monthly and includes items from the Board, Museum Advisory Council (MAC), and the administration. These topics include the highlights and successes of the month, as well as the Board’s perspective on matters of importance. Key Messages for the month are presented under each of the four Strategic Plan Goals. Subscribe to our Key Messages.

Key Messages of the Month-September 2020

Key Messages of the Month-September 2020

Posted by Sabrina on September 18, 2020

Vibrant Spaces & Capital Campaigns

  • Craigleith Heritage Depot Opens for Museums Services: CHD opened for Library Services at the end of August and is now in the final stages of preparing for museum tours again. Museum visitation is available during the new Fall Pandemic Hours of Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 12-4pm. Appointments will be taken to guarantee access and drop-ins are welcome. While the building will look the same, much has been done through the remediation process to make the building a healthy visitor centre and workplace.

Organizational Capacity, By-Laws & Governance

  • BMPL Budget: The draft budget for 2021 has been approved by the Board for release to Council via the TBM Budget document. The annual expenses for 2021 are decreased slightly from 2020 and include a capital investment in LES of $52,500 for furniture, ergonomics, and accessibility needs. This is a portion of the budget deferred from 2020, following COVID budget impacts. New this year is the Interfunctional Transfers which each TBM budget will have. This will include expenses by facilities maintenance, HR, and IT for BMPL facilities (as an example). While this appears as an increase in 2021, it will be offset by the decreases each of these departments will report and is seen by BMPL and Council as an accounting best practice. The CEO and Board developed a non-growth budget for 2021. Growth, as identified through assessment as well as a shift from seasonal to primary households, will be addressed in future budgets.

  • Meetings during COVID-19: During the pandemic, the Board continues to meet and conduct business as usual. All meetings have been virtual and the public is always welcome to attend meetings virtually to observe, to sign up for public input on the agenda, or to make deputations. As decided at the July Board Meeting, all virtual meetings beginning in September would be made available through streaming. At the September meeting the live-stream on Facebook failed due to excessive use of the live stream platform. To provide access to these meetings, a Zoom recording will be posted on the BMPL YouTube Channel within 24 hours of the meeting conclusion on a trial basis for 2020. Those wishing to speak at a meeting should contact the Board Secretary at LibraryCEO@TheBlueMountains.ca no later than 4:00pm the day prior to a meeting to receive credentials for logging in to the meeting.

  • Re-Opening BMPL Facilities and Face to Face Services: As the first month of face to face services wrap up for BMPL, we can report there have been only minor issues. Only 1 family refused to contact trace, and as result was not given entry into the building. Most people are encouraged by our protocols and have congratulated the staff on a safe environment. Some have made comments that they would like to see the stacks open for browsing, but realize the decision was made based on science and best practice. While it may be different than what some of our neighbouring libraries doing in Ontario, we will continue to maintain these safety restrictions as long as they seem prudent according to the science and supported by our Grey Bruce Health Unit approved plan.

Communication & Strategic Planning

  • Virtual Town Hall: The second Virtual Town Hall of 2020 is scheduled for Monday, September 28th at 7pm. This Town Hall will be available for live interaction on Facebook, and will be archived on the BMPL YouTube Channel for later viewing. Anyone with questions to be included in this Town Hall is asked to please submit to LibraryCEO@TheBlueMountains.ca by end of day on Monday, September 21st.

Service Excellence & Administration

  • Staffing and Service Hours: As a result of additional staffing needs to meet the new contact tracing station within the available staffing hours, the Fall 2020 open period has been cut back. In August the LES opened five days a week, but soon after reopening community feedback was used to adjust the times to better serve our communities current needs. Similarly, CHD, which typically is open six days a week, has been altered for Fall 2020 to be open three days a week.  In addition to budget needs, this allows the staff to continue to focus on the extensive virtual and alternate programs being offered. All programs are identified on our Event Calendar and are highly used both live and at later play back.

  • The Kids Clubhouse: Our new children’s program, The Clubhouse, is nearly full but is still accepting registration. Pick up a kit each week including books, movies, puzzles or games. A weekly online craft is led by our Programmer Jen, and a fantastic activity booklet is provided each week. We miss having our After School group here, but this is a great way to keep the fun and games going during the pandemic.

  • Our Military Heritage Launch: Join us for the launch of the Our Military Heritage digital collection. Many thanks to our partners, Clarksburg’s Royal Canadian Legion Br 281-Beaver Valley and our lead funder Veteran’s Affairs Canada for supporting this program. Seats are still available. Due to contact tracing and physical distancing, this is a registration only event. Ongoing work will occur as CHD continues to build this new collection.

  • Virtual Branch: The Virtual Branch use has been continuing to increase during the six months of pandemic. Online resources can be reached at the Virtual Branch. Our Gallery posts a Virtual Exhibit of each show including the 9th annual Municipal Art Program. Our Museum Virtual materials can be accessed through the Virtual Branch or directly through the Virtual Museum. And of course, the ongoing Virtual Programming can be found on our Event Calendar or archived through our YouTube Channel.

  • Window Shopping and Holds Pick-up: Staff are changing window displays weekly to offer a browsing experience to the community. Each of these books are available for immediate request or holds. This is in addition to the interior displays and online browsing of the 30,000 materials held onsite at LES and CHD. If you cannot find what they are looking for ask us to retrieve your item or complete a Materials Request Form and the staff will curate a reading, listening, or viewing list for pick up on the next holds day.

  • Facebook Live & Instagram Programs: Even though both our branches are now open to the public, our BMPL staff are busy working on remote programs. These programs are offered daily as live events through Facebook or Instagram, and are each archived on our BMPL YouTube Channel. Each of these programs are promoted on our Event Calendar and some require registration. The BMPL staff are taking suggestions for Fall and Winter Programming and expect to be offering these virtual programs for the foreseeable future.

  • Partnership with the Blue Mountains Creator Space: BMPL have extended our partnership with the BMCS thanks to a grant by the Canadian Arts Council. This will allow this partnership to continue through 2022 and offer more equipment circulations and workshops. Digital lab equipment is available at the LE Shore, including computer sessions on the editing suite. Check out our Event Calendar for Creator Space sessions occurring in 2020.

  • Decontamination of All Materials: You may have noticed when you return your items that they stay on your account for a number of days. In order to decontaminate all materials, returns are quarantined for no less than 72 hours prior to being checked-in, reshelved or processed for a hold. That protects our staff and you. We understand that book returns may not be a priority as families are still self-quarantining. So don’t worry if your items show a late fee, when we return items, we are waiving these fees during the pandemic.


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