The Rimbey Municipal Library has been preparing for a possible reopening during Phase 2 of the Alberta relaunch plan and will do so once supplies arrive.
After the province announced Phase 2 will move forward on June 12, Library Manager Jean Keetch said they are very close to moving forward.
“We are very close and we will as soon as everything arrives. I have ordered some masks and shields — we just have to wait for things to be installed,” she said.
In the mean time, the library continues to offer the trimmed-down services they have been offering.
“We still have curbside pick-up and are mailing books to people. We also have online programming, so we haven’t been leaving people in the dark,” she said.
Currently, and going forward, the library is handling books and items in a way to protect clients and staff.
“We are quarantining our books for a minimum of 72 hours when they come back and we won’t be handling them without washing our hands thoroughly. No one will be sick in the library — so anything you get from us will be safe,” she said.
Keetch said her and her staff still have to go over guidelines of summer camps, but they will begin with new programming as soon as they can.
“We are going to try to start first of all with adult book club because that is less than 15 people and we can sit six feet apart,” she said
Keetch said her staff is excited to get back closer to normal.
“We are quite excited. It is going to be different than it was before. there is always a little bit of trepidation with something new, but we are confident it will work well and go smoothly,” she said.
She added , “We are excited to see faces again.”