Area 3, Parkland Update May 1, 2020


Coronavirus – A Book For Children PDF

Parkland Update May 1, 2020

This update includes information on:

  1. PLSB Update
  2. Resources

2. PLSB Update

COVID-19 Alberta Relaunch Strategy

The government of Alberta has released its relaunch strategy for Albertans, to get the economy going again while still keeping the population as safe as possible during the pandemic. Stage 1 is to begin as early as May 14th, with Stages 2 & 3 to follow.

I want to stress that the fight against this virus is far from over. Alberta’s relaunch strategy is the next phase in our collective efforts to protect each other. We must continue to work together to manage risk, use common sense and remain vigilant to contain this virus. Each stage of our relaunch will be advanced after careful consideration.

Please continue to wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, maintain physical distance from others, stay socially connected, and look out for your friends, family and community as we progress through each stage. We will need each other through every stage of this relaunch and into the future.

We are all in this together.

-Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Stage 2 Plan states:

Timing of this stage will be determined by the success of Stage 1, considering the capacity of the health care system and continued limiting and/or reduction of the rate of infections, hospitalization, and ICU cases.

This stage will allow additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations with two metre physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place. This includes:

For the complete plan and all the details, please follow the hyperlink below to the full PDF document.

Parkland will be examining and compiling suggested “best practice” information for when libraries can open to the public. We will also be carefully following any health and safety standards that may be provided by the Government of Alberta that may impact library operations. As we learn more, we will pass any relevant information along.

PLSB Free Webinar

We are pleased to announce an upcoming webinar, Library Board Governance During the COVID-19 Pandemic, and we will expand on the information we have sent out over the past several weeks. Open to library board trustees and library managers, attend this session to learn more about:

There is no charge for this training session, and registration is not required. Each of the sessions covers the same material, so you only need to attend one. Please note that we are not able to record sessions at this time. Choose from the following dates and times:

2. Resources:

Tips from the Centre for Creative Leadership

When events are unpredictable, anxiety can increase. Here are some helpful tips from the Centre for Creative Leadership to aid you during those anxious moments.

Coronavirus – A Book for Children

With illustrations by Axel Scheffler, the artist behind Julia Donaldson’s beloved children’s book The Gruffalo, the attached book from publisher Nosy Crow in London, England answers questions in a way children will understand about the science of viruses and the rules of physical distancing.

Talking with children about Coronavirus

The CDC Website talks about children and COVID-19:

As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. See the entire page here.

As always, take care of each other, and stay well.

Kara Hamilton, APC
Office Administrator
Parkland Regional Library | 5404 56 Ave Lacombe AB T4L 1G1
403-782-3850  | 1-800-567-9024  |

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