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LETTER: Pop-up book sale for the Canmore Public Library

Editor: The word of the day is – pivot. That’s what the Canmore Public Library has had to do by initiating curbside pickup and reimagining its bi-annual huge, eclectic book sales.

Editor: 

The word of the day is pivot. 

That’s what the Canmore Library has had to do by initiating curbside pickup and reimagining its bi-annual huge, eclectic book sales.

These are unusual times calling for unusual measures, which are both flexible and responsible to our community. We wanted to have a sale that was safe for all of us and get some books into the hands of Canmore’s addicted bibliophiles.

Our public health system has done an incredible job. Unfortunately, we don’t get to actually see the outcomes. But fortunately they have protected us and had our backs through this pandemic.

We now need to think about contact tracing and vectors, more new COVID-19 concepts, so the sales have to be smaller and more frequent, targeting a specific genre each time.

Our first trial run was held last Saturday in front of the Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, of adult fiction.

It was a great success book-wise, thanks to all the responsible readers who maintained social distancing and understood the necessity of “mystery bags.” 

Payment was collected following Canadian hygienic practices using a canoe paddle and a bucket. 

Most people followed the rules, understanding there is a collective good. There were a couple "rational egoists," only concerned with their own interests and viewpoint.

We all know that one person who, despite all the instructions from public health and government officials, simply refuses to take COVID-19 seriously.

We’re planning to have more pop-ups during the summer. Location and type of mystery bag will be announced. We will try to do even better to protect ourselves and the town next time. 

We must not allow our literary enthusiasm to undermine the vital work our health unit has put in place, systems which will keep us healthy, so let’s learn these new moves together.

A huge thank-you to Save-on-Foods, the Outlook and O’Canada Soap for stepping up to dance the pivot with us. 

Robin Slater,

Lac Des Arcs



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