A return to regular library hours coming soon

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

As Prince Edward County is in a green (prevent) zone, the library is gradually returning to a more regular schedule of open hours.

The Consecon and Ameliasburgh Branches have already returned to their regular hours, with Consecon open one day in the morning and Ameliasburgh in the afternoon,and alternating each day Tuesday through Friday. Both branches are open Saturday. The next two branches to return to their normal hours are the Bloomfield and Milford Branches, which will have the same alternating morning and afternoon schedule. You can find the specific hours at peclibrary.org or by calling (613) 476-5962.

Picton and Wellington branches are open 10 – 1 for in branch service with curbside pickup available until 4 p.m. While we are excited to welcome you into the library to browse the shelves, curbside pickup remains available for your convenience. You can request specific titles, or phone us with a general description of what you like to read, and we will select for you. This can be a fun way to stumble on new authors you might not have yet read. One way to be sure you never miss an update from the library is to subscribe to the email New Books and Events List. You can register at peclibrary.org or by calling (613) 476-5962. You will receive a weekly email with the latest titles added to the library’s collection, any upcoming events, and other news including when open hours change.

The Archives will continue to offer service by appointment only. You can book your appointment by calling Krista at (613) 399-2023. This gives the Archives staff time to collect the resources that might be relevant to your request before your arrival, making the process easier for researchers. Library programs and groups will continue to meet online for the foreseeable future. One popular program is Functional Fitness, which is held twice a week through Zoom and Facebook Live. It is a long-running program led by instructor Jennifer Cobb which features chair based exercise. All are welcome to join, and if you miss the live class you can view it later on Youtube. Find it at peclibrary.org or call (613) 476-5962. If you are interested in participating in library programs and don’t have the technology to do so, please note that you can reserve a space in the library to use one of our computers. A small number of Chromebooks are available to borrow, as is the “Borrow the Internet” WIFI hotspot. Call your local branch for all the details and to request.

SPRING BREAK SNEAK PEEK: Join us for a sneak peek of the library’s Spring Break Programs, including a Minecraft St. Patrick’s Day Party, Junior Dungeons and Dragons, and an Animal Crossing spring party and a new format for Storytime. Find all the details at peclibrary.org/kids. HOME LEARNERS: Borrow a Nintendo Switch with educational activities based on the Ontario Curriculum! Find out more, or get on the waiting list, by contacting Julie by email jlane@peclibrary.org.

-Liz Zylstra