Taber Library excited for re-opening

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By Kenyon Stronski Local Journalism Initiative Reporter With July 1st’s re-opening of Alberta coming fast, the staff of the Taber Library is excitedly looking forward. Cassidy Yaroslawsky, the Assistant Library Manager noted that the Taber Library was designed mostly for in-person purposes. With the patrons and staff enjoying the more personal parts of it. “Morale is higher when people can come in.” The closing forced the library into a more digital age, but that didn’t come without its problems. “We’ve always had e-books, but we’ve never had all that many.” Yaroslawsky said, “We needed more licenses so people didn’t have to wait to borrow a book, but publishers only offer limited-use licenses. So we only have the book for a year or a certain number of borrows.” With COVID the Taber Library had to nearly completely cut-back on anything in-person. But without indoor gathers there wasn’t a lot of programs that could be held that they normally offered, so that tightened the budget a bit. “Our programs and things going on do draw people in. We offer so much more than just books. A lot of people miss the ‘community hub’ aspect to everything.” Yaroslawsky mentioned. She also said that they were lucky and fortunate enough to not lose any staff. Yaroslawsky commented that it seems like there’s been an uptake in the amount of people reading over the quarantine. Citing that there has been quite a few new memberships being purchased, and is excited for when people can begin using the building again. “The most exciting thing about re-opening is that libraries are designed for people to come in and feel welcome. You don’t have to spend money, and so many age groups can use the place, and while we do want to go back to what we were doing previously, we also want to boost our online presence.”

Kenyon Stronski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times

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