Library plans move to temporary location

The Stettler Public Library is expected to close its current quarters for two months during the Stettler Recreation Centre renovations

The Stettler Public Library is expected to close its current quarters for two months during the Stettler Recreation Centre renovations this fall, but library service is scheduled to continue at a temporary location.

To help clear the shelves, the library hosts a book sale today and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday until 4 p.m.

“We’ve had a weeding project this summer where we are getting rid of a lot of books that haven’t been used that much or damaged,” librarian Mary Zazelenchuk said.

The library’s temporary headquarters are expected to offer basic services, she said.

“When we re-open in the new library, we will have a newer and bigger and better collection of books to better meet the needs of readers and users.”

Items at this week’s sale include books for adults and children, covering a variety of subjects and flavours.

Library board chair Jane Skocdopole has advised that though a move to a temporary home is imminent, there won’t be a disruption in library service.

“It will be business as usual in our home, the Stettler Rec Centre, for as long as is feasible,” Skocdopole said. “But once construction goes into full swing, we will be moving to a temporary location.

“In this yet-to-be-determined temporary location, we plan to offer a good cross-section of our collection, including DVDs, books, periodicals and e-books. We will also continue supplying our usual services, including inter-library loans and, of course, programming.”

At a meeting this Thursday, the library board plans to discuss a temporary location.

“Once that location is selected, we will publicize it on our website and in local media,” Skocdopole said.

“SPL staff and its board would like to thank our patrons for their overwhelming support in the past, and we ask for your patience and continued patronage while we’re in our temporary location. Once the renovations are finished, and the dust settles, and our collection is back in our new and improved space, we promise the town and county of Stettler the best possible library experience.”

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