Elmwood Resource Centre now closed but services continue

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ELMWOOD – The West Grey Library Board passed a motion on Dec. 9, 2020 to close the Elmwood Resource Centre at the end of March.

A letter sent by the board to the Bruce County Public Library stated the West Grey Public Library will continue to provide programs and services for residents throughout West Grey.

Services like large print books; librarian assistance; children’s programs; homebound delivery; activities; monthly newsletters; digital magazines on Flipster; films, documentaries and courses on Kanopy; audio and Ebooks through Overdrive; local history and newspaper archives, to name just a few, will still be available.

Kim Storz, chief librarian, said services will be provided through branches in Durham, Ayton and Neustadt.

The homebound delivery system serves those in West Grey who can’t get to the library branches for medical reasons. This includes residents of Rockwood Terrace and Serenity (as well as Abbeyfield prior to COVID-19), Storz said. There are people in Elmwood who are already being served through this system, she added.

It typically involves books and books on CD, which are dropped off for four weeks and then picked up. Prior to COVID, the Friends of the Library looked after the drop-offs and pick-ups, but at present, staff are doing it.

Storz said she hopes to see Friends of the Library resuming their activities such as homebound delivery, as well as book sales, after COVID-19.

There was recent discussion of the closing of the Elmwood Resource Centre during a meeting Brockton council; the proposed bookmobile was mentioned.

Bruce County’s director of library services, Brooke McLean, said a capital fundraising campaign will begin this year to raise the remaining money required to move the bookmobile project forward, but nothing has been discussed yet about where the bookmobile would stop.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times