Closure Notice for March 17th, 2020

Updated 2020/03/17

Effective 4 pm, Monday, March 16, 2020

The Cranbrook Public Library will be closed temporarily for an indefinite period of time in support of City-wide efforts to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The health and safety of our staff and patrons is of utmost importance.

All Library programs are CANCELLED.

No fines or fees will be incurred during this time. The external return bins at the Kootenay Street entrance will remain open so you can return items if you wish.

You can call the Library between 9 am and 5 pm at 250 426 4063 if you have any questions.

We appreciate the community’s understanding and patience during this difficult time as we work together to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

My book is due, but I can’t come into a Library. What do I do?

As part of the Library’s response to COVID-19, no fines or fees will be incurred during this time. Please check your account for revised due dates or contact us online or by phone for more details. The external return bins at the Kootenay Street entrance will remain open so you can return items if you wish.

 

I have a hold ready; can I pick it up?

No, the Library remains closed. Please stay tuned for updates on return to normal service levels.

 

How will Interlibrary Loans be impacted?

There will be no Interlibrary Loans during the closure period.

 

I am feeling anxious about everything. How can I remain calm?

The Yale School of Medicine recommends the following:

  1. Information is useful—but too much information can be unhelpful. Limit news intake to what is actually providing new information, and stick to reliable news sources. There’s no benefit to watching the same news over and over.
  2. Take the necessary and recommended precautions, but don’t try to “innovate” new ones. As with all dangers, the trick is to be ‘careful enough.’ When we try to ensure 100% safety, we get caught up in unhelpful behaviors.
  3. Keep up daily routines, and make changes only when necessary. Maintaining regular schedules and routines is a good way to keep anxiety at bay and feel normal. Even if some changes need to be made, maintaining the overall routine is helpful.
  4. Don’t completely isolate yourself from other people. Fear of contagion can cause some people to withdraw socially, but maintaining relationships and social support are good ways to combat anxiety. Even if you are in self-quarantine or mandatory quarantine, keep up social interaction using FaceTime/Skype, phone calls, or text messages.
  5. Stay physically active—be outdoors if you can. Maintaining physical activity and spending time in fresh air can help to keep anxiety down.
  6. Limit screen time. Too much time on the phone or computer, on social media or websites, can lead to less activity and more anxiety.

It’s normal to feel concern. Talk with friends, be physically active, breathe and relax, and focus on the things you need to get done, Yale experts say. If the anxiety is really getting in your way, consider talking with a professional.    (***adapted from https://www.yalemedicine.org/stories/covid-19-anxiety/)