Starting on June 15 the Nelson Public Library will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photo: Submitted

Starting on June 15 the Nelson Public Library will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photo: Submitted

CHECK THIS OUT: Nelson library returns to regular hours

The library will still require masks and no seating for the time being

by Avi Silberstein

The lake is calling me. It always does at this time of year. It asks me to float my canoe on it, to take my kids to the beach, to lay at its shore with a towel and a book.

As far as months go, June might just rank at the top of the list. You want some hot summer days? You got it.

Spring flowers? June-bearing strawberries?

Yes and yes.

It’s the month when we celebrate the summer solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day. And this year, 15 months into That Which Shall Not Be Named, it marks the beginning of B.C.’s Restart Plan.

Here at the library, that means that we’re now able to expand our hours. Starting on June 15 we’ll be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We’re happy to be able to be open longer, and we hope that this change will make your library visits just a little bit easier for you. (Just a note: all our other pandemic rules remain in place for the time being, including the provincial mandatory mask mandate, no seating, and shortened visits).

But let’s get back to summer for a moment. A time for lakes and camping and outdoor fun — but also, yes, reading. I’m talking paperback beach reads, that stack of classics you never got around to, or just something that caught your eye on our new books shelf.

For children, we’ll once again be running our annual Summer Reading Club. This year it will look a bit different than usual: all in-person events will be held outdoors, and we’ll also have some online activities.

I’ll share more details in next week’s column. For now, you can join our Nelson Summer Reading Club Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NelsonBCSRC) to be the first to know what’s going on.

My ideal summer is one that’s filled with books and beaches. Because once I tuck a book under my arm and grab my beach towel, you can bet that phone’s going to be ringing. And you know who’s on the other end, because I already told you earlier. The lake. It’s calling me.

Avi Silberstein is the Children’s Librarian at the Nelson Public Library. Check This Out runs every other week. If you’re interested in learning more about library programs and services, sign up for our monthly newsletter on our website or by giving us a call.