Summertime and the Library usage is easy

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

If the heat, construction or traffic is keeping you from visiting your library branch this summer, remember that it’s possible to visit the library virtually from home.

Using your library card number and pin you can browse our catalogue.

While searching the titles available you will see a number of them are available for download. If your book selection is currently checked out you can reserve it online. Stay inside, stay cool and visit the library remotely. There are a number of ways that we can help you to do this.

Do you get our New Books List? This is emailed out weekly and keeps you up to date with all of the library’s new acquisitions: books (adult, children’s, large print) DVD’s and audio books. When you see a new release by your favourite author you can right away place a hold on it and library staff will notify you by phone or email when it’s available.

Are you signed up for our home delivery program? Home delivery is available for anyone who has difficulty with mobility or is in poor health and can’t make it into a branch.

The library has partnered with the Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association to offer this program. Just call the library to arrange delivery and tell us your preference in reading materials. A Community Care volunteer will deliver to anywhere in the County within a couple of days.

Don’t forget all of the library branches are air conditioned. Chances are if you drop in to cool off there will be something going on that you will want to participate in: music, games, speakers, demonstrations or just a great place to relax with a magazine.

Did you know that our wifi is available at every branch 24 hours a day, seven days a week? If you lose your Internet connection in the middle of updating your GPS make sure it is up to date for your trip by going to the library to download the updates. If you find long road trips tedious and boring, borrow from the library’s wide array of audio book titles as there’s nothing like them to make even the longest drive pass in a flash.

Another popular summer item this year is our Adventure Kits. Your child can borrow a kit with a Conservation Authority parking pass and you will have all of the tools needed to become a rock hound, astrologer or bird watcher.

Summer always means an increase in visitors to the County Archives. Visitors to the area will often make the Archives (attached to the Wellington branch) a destination to research family history or the history of a property. There are also local history books on sale at the Archives, published by the Historical Society.

This summer visitors to the area will find library mugs or water bottles available for purchase in our branches. Consider one of these items as your souvenir from the County. Their sale is contributing to the “Time to Renew” capital campaign.

Coming up on Saturday, Aug  3rd, If you’re around for the long weekend, you can find us at the Ontario Fermentation Festival from 10-4 at the Crystal Palace, and if you’re in the West side of the County, head to the Consecon Day celebration to check out our Consecon Branch book sale, 8:30-2pm.

We hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful summer.