Library’s new catalogue available online

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

The County of Prince Edward Public Library & Archives are open regular hours at each of our six branches.

You can find the open hours at peclibrary.org/locations, or call any branch of the library. The Picton Branch Library phone number is (613) 476-5962. Masks are required for everyone two years and older, at all times, and two metre physical distancing is in place. If you cannot wear a mask, please call ahead and we’ll arrange to assist you through curbside service.

Proof of vaccination is not required to come into the library – you can come in to browse, select books, and use the public computers. By provincial regulation, capacity limits of 50 per cent are in place. For this reason, and to help ensure the safety of other library patrons and staff, we are asking that you please keep visits brief to ensure that others can visit as well.

One way you can keep your visit brief is by browsing the online catalogue in advance of your visit. Our brand-new catalogue, launched this month, is specifically designed to make browsing easy. If you need any assistance using the catalogue please call Aaron at (613) 476-4130. You can also receive your books by curbside pickup. If you’re not sure what to borrow, just give us a call – tell us the kinds of things you like to read – and we’ll select for you. It’s a great way to find new authors.

As we enter a new year with COVID-19 restrictions continuing to limit our interactions, you may be feeling a little isolated. If you are, the library can help. The Canadian Mental Health association says “The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many of us to change the way we go about our daily lives. With those changes, some of us are experiencing a wave of losses: economic, social, physical and emotional. For some, these losses may build up and lead to feelings of grief.” The Hospice Prince Edward Collection of books, which are held at the library, are available for anyone to borrow. Selected by professionals at Hospice, they were specifically chosen to be of use with people who are experiencing grief. Find the books online at peclibrary.org and search “hospice” or call any branch of the library. You can also visit https://ontario.cmha.ca/ for more resources.

If you have not already, this might be a good time to discover how you can connect with others online. The library can help! Join or start a book club, Dungeons and Dragons campaign, or other group. We welcome your suggestions. Participate in online intermediate conversational French, join Functional Fitness or other program. If you are interested in online video conversations with family or friends, the library’s tech help team can assist you – we even have a laptop that you can borrow with a camera and microphone.

Call (613) 476-5962 to book your appointment for any help you might need.

-Liz Zylstra