This page will be updated as any service changes for The Blue Mountains Public Library occur. We wish to confirm that BMPL staff are working closely with our local, regional and provincial governments and partners as we plan how to best provide a safe patron service plan to our community.
If you have not yet subscribed to our E-newsletter, we encourage you to do so. Any major changes to BMPL will be noted in an e-blast, should they occur.
Together we can keep our community safe. Please read the Updates below on Service Limitations and how we are working together to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus during this pandemic.
BMPL's Georgian College Co-Op student is assisting us by doing updates to our e-newsletter software.
Over the month patrons and others who have registered for these e-subscriptions may receive an email thanking you for subscribing and asking you to verify the subscription by clicking on the link. This email, from Elisa Chandler, is from us, and not a phishing scam.
If you or someone you know requires a computer to apply for the many EI supports being offered by the government, we are here for you. Dr. Sabrina Saunders will be offering the LE Shore computers, by appointment to those who do not have access to computers by appointment. This is not an open invitation to computer access, nor is it for people who have alternate options such as a computer at home, a laptop/tablet that can use the Wi-Fi in the parking lot of LES or CHD safely.
The CEO will ask screening questions at the time of booking any appointments, and does reserve the right to refuse any application which does not appear to be for the purposes of this emergent service offer. For an appointment, please contact Dr. Sabrina Saunders at LibraryCEO@TheBlueMountains.ca
The BMPL library and museum services have moved to a virtual model. Staff are providing story time, tech help, webinars, book clubs online using Facebook. In April our museum will begin providing sessions on fossils and the many items held in the collection. Each of us is working to do our part to end the spread of this virus, and while we would prefer to meet face to face with our community to provide these services, we are excited to try this new service model. Don't miss any of our avents and programs. Please check out our Event Calendar for new programs.
We've mentioned this several times in previous posts, but our Virtual Library is open 24/7. Please use this as a main link to find so much more than just electronic books. If you haven't investigated this site in the past, please do. We also have another page we have loaded for you, Things To Do At Home. This page has links for homework assistance, crafts, thousands of pre-recorded story times, links to children's games, and more.
The Book return at LES is available and checked regularly, while CHD bookdrop is closed. We apologize for this inconvenience, but this limits the amount of traveling our staff need to do daily. All materials have been extended and late fees have been dropped at this time. Also, if your library card is scheduled to expire between now and May 31st, we have extended your card. For those who do not have a card, you can now apply online and we will provide you with a temporary card to get your access to our Virtual Branch during COVID-19. It is important to us that no one goes without the educational and recreational services.
With today's closing of the province's non-essential businesses effective Tuesday night, we will be following this direction and shutting down our holds system and keeping staff at home as of Tuesday. Any holds which were received will be available for pick up on Tuesday between 11am-4pm and then these will be held until the province allows businesses to reopen using the physical distancing protocols.
If you have materials that you wish to be returned, these can be dropped off tonight and on Tuesday until 4pm. After that the book drop will be locked until non-essential businesses who can provide a physical distance of 2m or more between staff are allowed to reopen.
The Town of the Blue Mountains Council met today in Committee of the Whole to, amoung other business, hear a report by TBM staff on COVID-19 and services/facilities.
At this meeting all buildings have been closed, while services will be continuing online and virtually. Please view the TBM COVID-19 Information for Town specific information. The Blue Mountains Public Library buildings were included in this closure through April 17th.
How Can You Access BMPL Materials During Our Shutdown?
The BMPL Staff are working today and Tuesday to set up a temporary service model.
The BMPL staff will be working shifts on site to complete the phone and internet questions, as well as to provide the new service model. The building is closed and we will not respond to any inquiries face to face.
Again, please continue to watch the Service Updates & COVID-19 webpage for ongoing updates.
In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to act responsibly and work within the social distancing protocols Health Canada has recommended. We understand that while the BMPL staff have been diligently cleaning and sanitizing surfaces hourly and have cancelled group activities and programs, the staff cannot guarantee a social distance of 5 feet at this time.
The Town of The Blue Mountains Council and the BMPL Board will each be meeting on this matter, and more information will be released when available. It is important to note that we have not set a lengthy date of closure. If decisions to open the facility during the week is made, we will work as a staff to reconfigure our service to best support social distancing in our public building. The closure on Sunday and Monday, will allow our staff to best react to this situation.
While it is a very difficult decision to balance public service needs against the public health needs; we believe this is the correct decision for our community at this time.
Our Virtual Branch is still open, as are book drops and wi-fi at both locations.
For Town information related to COVID-19, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm
In partnership with the Town of The Blue Mountains, all programs and events have been cancelled or postponed until at least Monday, March 23rd. TBM and the BMPL Board will be assessing the situation in the coming days. At this time, LE Shore remains open regular hours. The Craigleith Heritage Depot remains closed for renovations and remediation. Our Events Calendar is up to date.
Check out the TBM COVID-19 page for local information. If you are not already subscribing to the TBM e-blasts and the BMPL E-Newsletter, these are a major method for communication with our community. We encourage you to subscribe today!
The World Health Organization has now defined the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. As a result, Canada, Ontario, Grey County and The Town of the Blue Mountains are each moving forward with plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community and staff. The Blue Mountains Public Library (BMPL) is doing our part by evaluating our services and types of programs we will be offering in March Break and in the next weeks.
Health service agencies advise the best practice is the regular washing of hands, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth, congregating in large groups of people, and social distancing (5 feet between people). If you are sick we ask you not visit the library.
Importantly, we are working to balance public service with public safety. Each community will make plans that best meet the community and work to limit further spread. As such, we will continue to work with our government partners and amend our plans based on their advice. Updates will be posted to our website regularly.
While some activities and events have been cancelled or postponed, at present, there is no change to our hours or services, and most regular programs are continuing as planned. Our Event Calendar will be updated regularly and registrants will be notified by email of March Break changes. In order to keep our LE Shore (LES) open and mitigate spread of any virus, we have added some enhanced procedures:
How do I participate in BMPL Services without entering the building:
We will use the new Services Update and COVID-19 on our website to communicate service changes due to COVID-19 and our E-Newsletter to announce any major changes, should they occur. Again, if you are not subscribed, we encourage you to visit our webpage and subscribe to our e-newsletter.
Dr. Sabrina Saunders
Blue Mountains Public Library CEO
519-599-3681 ext 2
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
CDC Handwashing Videos