Closures & Book Return Procedures
As previously stated on our social media pages, the Hastings Highlands Public Library has opted to close down all operations for the next three weeks due to rising concerns with the COVID-19 virus. During this period, we will be waiving all fines that may accumulate on items borrowed from the library. While patrons are welcome to still return items through the dropbox as usual, it is not necessary to avoid overdue fines.
As of this morning, the Hastings Highlands Municipality has also decided to close off the building to all members of the public and will not re-open until Monday, April 6th (more on that here). All business will be conducted online where possible and documents can be left for the municipality via the library dropbox. All municipal facilities will also be closed, and any events or programs that were scheduled have been cancelled or postponed.
We understand the inconvenience that this may bring members of the community and apologize for that, however the decision was made in light of recommendations from the Government of Canada. Many who contract the virus will remain asymptomatic, or experience mild symptoms at most, but for the sake of protecting those who may have compromised immune systems, pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes, or are over the age of 60 (which approximately 40% of the population in Hastings Highlands are, according to the 2016 census) it is important as a community to follow the recommended preventative measures where possible.
Resources for COVID-19 Updates:
Local Cancellations (updated March 13th)
World Health Organization Advice for Public
Free Educational and/or Fun Resources for Kids at Home:
Scholastic Free Learn From Home Website
Resources will be updated, so check back for more!