Four branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) are now open to visitors. The Central, Calvin Park, Isabel Turner and Sydenham locations are open and operational, with variable hours.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers back to our spaces,” said Nicole Charles, Branch Experience Manager. “We appreciate the patience of our communities as we work on plans to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors. Our gradual approach to reopening allows us to adjust our protocols as needed. ”
“The staff will greet each customer at the door to greet them again, make sure everyone is aware of the differences in how we will provide service, and help them find what they need. “
Charles and his team have repositioned library furniture to allow physical distancing, and some computers and other equipment will be out of service, KFPL said in a press release.
Asked about the return of in-branch programming to the library, Kimberly Sutherland-Mills, Manager, Programming and Outreach, shared these details:
“While we don’t have any in-branch programs for the rest of 2020, we have some big events planned:
- Families thirsty for hours of in-person storytelling can join us for Stories in the Square every Thursday morning in August. We will be in the amphitheater behind City Hall at 10:30 a.m. each week as part of the Love Kingston Marketplace programming.
- Our popular Live at the Library series of children’s artists went live this summer, sponsored once again by the Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. A warm and lively concert for young children by Kathy Reid-Naiman is available on our Youtube channel until August 11, and we have two drama workshops with Sandbox Theater and a magic workshop with WonderPhil later this month.
- Our Youtube channel flourished during the pandemic, moving from a rarely used platform to the hub of our virtual programs. The great thing about pre-recorded shows is that you can fit them into your schedule however you want – if you want structure, you can count on the same series that releases one episode every week; if you want flexibility, you can watch whenever you want.
“Since launching our online programs in April, we’ve had over 8,400 views,” continued Sutherland-Mills. “Most programming is publicly available, but our English Storytime Express and French Storytime are only available by email subscription due to copyright restrictions on recorded readings. “
“Looking ahead to the fall, we will continue to deliver our programming online through a combination of Youtube recordings and Zoom live events. The highlight of September will be our author virtual tour with Eternity Martis, award-winning journalist and author of They said it would be fun: running, campus life and growing up, which Indigo named one of its 50 Best Books of 2020. We are excited to co-host this event with the Kingston Black Luck Collective as part of our Constellations Lecture Series. Details of our children’s program will be released on August 18e and will include a mix of old favorites and new programs.
Some things to consider when visiting the open branches of KFPL:
- Maximum occupancy has been determined for each library branch, and patrons may be asked to wait if the library is at full capacity.
- Visitors are asked to limit their stay to less than an hour to allow access to others and to maintain physical distance.
- Wearing a mask is compulsory when visiting library branches.
- KFPL asks customers to touch as little material as possible.
- All items are quarantined for 72 hours after they are returned to the library, and items used in branches will also be quarantined.
When branches reopen, curbside pickup will end. To stay informed of open branches, visit the KFPL website: https://www.kfpl.ca/
KFPL expects all locations to be open by mid-September, with branches continuing to open over the next few weeks.