The Nelson Public Library has information about what you should have prepared in case of an evacuation. Photo: Pexels

The Nelson Public Library has information about what you should have prepared in case of an evacuation. Photo: Pexels

CHECK THIS OUT: Nelson Library guides will have you prepared for the worst

Avi Silberstein writes about various library resources

If you’ve been thinking that it’s time to finally pack that grab-and-go bag, you’re right. Trying to figure out what to put in it? Good news: we’ve got an Emergency Preparedness page on the Nelson Public Library website to help guide you through the process.

On that page, you’ll also find information about how to FireSmart your property, a link to the BC Air Quality Index webpage, and lots of other helpful information.

This is just one of the many information guides we’ve prepared for you, as part of our “Explore Your Topic” series. We’ve chosen topics based on the types of questions we get regularly, with a focus on areas where there is a lot of information to provide.

Some of our most popular guides include: Genealogy and Family History (you’ll be amazed at the wealth of resources in town), Indigenous Peoples (with links to our local nations’ sites and excellent educational sites, as well as award-winning films and podcasts), Wills and Estates and End-of-Life Planning.

Most of the guides begin with lists of recommended library books that are curated by our staff, and then go on to include other subscription-paid services like databases or learning platforms where you can get even more information (the library pays for the subscription, so they’re free for you!). Some examples of these are LinkedIn Learning and Gale Courses. Finally, we explore local Nelson and area resources and list these with short descriptions, so you know what they offer.

It’s often hard to know where to start so we’ve tried to make this easier for you! And rest assured, we’re constantly adding to these guides so that they are up-to-date and relevant. We are always on the lookout for good, reliable, credible and authoritative resources.

What we’re trying to do with these guides is help you avoid scrolling through the overwhelming and sometimes unrelated results list you get when you do a keyword search in your browser. We’ve done the research for you, determined the best possible resources, and laid them out nicely on our website for your convenience.

Prefer to do that research yourself? For more information on how to assess resources check out the Misinformation and Fake News guide.

To find these Explore Your Topic guides, look under the Research tab on the library website. And remember: we’re always here to help. See you soon!

Avi Silberstein is the children’s librarian at the Nelson Public Library. Check This Out runs every other week. For more information on all things Nelson library go to