Grande Prairie Public Library set to re-open on July 2 with GPPL Express – EverythingGP

Posted: June 25, 2020 at 3:42 am


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Deb Cryderman, the Director at the Grande Prairie Public Library, says its nice to finally re-open.

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We are extremely excited to have the public back in our space. Weve missed everyone so much, its been over 100 days since the publics been in the library. We worked really hard to make sure that when we did re-open, that we would do it in the safest way possible, both for our staff and the public. We are really looking forward to it.

While the library will be re-opened next Thursday, things will look different than normal.

The library is turning itself into what it calls the GPPL Express.

The GPPL Express will be housed in the Librarys Rotary Community Room and will provide a much smaller library experience.

We will have a curated collection of our materials in that room, explained Cryderman. It will have a small, browsing library that well just let a few people in at a time to visit and borrow from and well do it as safe as we can.

Cryderman says that if the book youre looking for isnt on the shelf, but is available online according to the librarys website, the staff could grab it for you.

Once reopened on July 2, no tables or computers will be available at the library for use and you are asked to grab your books and leave once you have rented them out. She adds that a maximum of seven people will be allowed inside the library at a time, this includes staff.

Books that are returned to the library will be placed under a three-day quarantine before being allowed back onto the shelves. Cryderman explained that based on research, this is the best method theyve come up with.

All of the studies that we have read have said that after three days theres no evidence of viruses on both paper and plastic covered books. We feel quite confident that after that time, people should be quite safe.

For those that are still hesitant going inside the library, the library says that it plans to keep programs like curbside pick up available for its members.

Cryderman tells EverythingGP that the library will gradually begin to expand and open its operations further.

As we determine how to do something safely, well open that up to the public. We are looking at access to computers and access to in-person reference services next, to allow people to have access to both of those and then well slowly re-open the main facility as well.

Cryderman says that no deadlines or timelines have been set for when the gradual reopening of the facility could continue.

The library will be open at reduced hours, Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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