It’s easy for those citizens who haven’t been affected by the Alberta Flood to identify with the worries and frustrations that are so real for anyone who’s out of their home and as we try to put ourselves in their place at this moment we know that some aspects of life are comforting like enjoying a good movie, reading a book or playing a video game just for the momentary escape it provides from life’s stress.
With this thought in mind and with the decision to provide temporary housing for High River residents at the University of Lethbridge, The Lethbridge Public Library has decided to offer free Library cards for these residents of High River. Library Board Chair, Vic Mensch said “Working with the University to offer support is a very good idea. If there is anything that we can do as a library to make things better for these folks, I think we need to do this and help in some small way to rebuild a broken community.”
The temporary resident Library cards will be issued with as much flexibility as possible and will allow adults, families and children to access the Library’s collection. For those families with children, it will also introduce them to all the summer programming available for children (from babes to teens) at the Library and the TD Summer Reading Club as well at both The Crossings Branch in West Lethbridge and the Main Branch downtown.
The Library’s CEO Tony Vanden Heuvel says “At times like this we really see the sense of community and the incredible display of goodwill from everyone. The Lethbridge Public Library is pleased to make available free temporary Library Cards to the displaced flood victims who have been relocated to the City of Lethbridge so they can continue to enjoy the access to Public Library resources. We have also worked hard to assemble information and materials on how to deal with flood issues and local organizations who are facilitating ways in which people can donate and contribute to those affected.” Check the Library’s website at http://www.lethlib.ca/promotion/alberta-flood-recovery for this information.
As libraries are known for the solace they provide we’re hoping to offer some comfy seating, some relaxation and support to High River residents as they spend some time in our City.