Holds pick-up (no contact holds pick-up) is here and we couldn’t be more excited! TBPL begins phase four of our re-opening plan on Monday July 20, meaning we will begin checking out library materials to everyone who has been patiently waiting for them. It also means that we will be expanding our current service hours – 10am to 4pm everyday (Monday to Friday) at the Waverley and Mary J. L. Black libraries for accepting returns and offering holds pick-up. Placing a hold can be done online (www.tbpl.ca) or by calling us at 684-6814. When you place a hold on an item you’re requesting to borrow that book, DVD, or other library material. If multiple people are waiting for the same thing you’ll be added to the waiting list. When holds are available for picking up, staff will call you to let you know and provide direction / answer any questions you might have.
In other exciting news, brand new books have been arriving and are ready for reading. Choosing what to read next is a little different these days but TBPL staff can help. Reader’s advisory is one of our all time favourite things to do and there are several ways to connect with library staff to get some fresh titles on your list. One of the easiest ways to take advantage of TBPL staff reading expertise is through the Book Butler service (www.tbpl.ca/bookbutler). A brief survey lets you share your preferences and the kinds of books you enjoy, then an experienced member of staff scours the collection for titles you’ll love. It’s the perfect way to try something different, discover new authors and genres, and fill your summer with adventures (what better time to escape into a good book than right now?!?) You’ll also find loads of great titles in our online catalog, the new books section of the library’s website, on social media (@TBayPL), and in the Off The Shelf blog.
We are all really excited about the next phase of our re-opening plan and cannot wait to send new items out into the community and into your homes! Rest assured that all items have been quarantined for the safety of staff and library members. Need a library card? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you set up.
www.tbpl.ca – Jesse Roberts, Community Hub Librarian