The City and Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) have partnered to offer Cool Down locations fot residents during the summer heat.
“We are happy to be working with our partners at the City to provide our community with a place where they can escape the heat while safely maintaining physical distance,” said Chief Librarian Laura Carter in a release.
Library Cool Down Locations are located at Calvin Park Branch at 88 Wright Crescent (Mon. – Thurs. 11am to 6pm & Fri. 11am to 5pm), the Central Branch at 130 Johnson Street (Mon. – Thurs. 11am – 6pm & Fri. and Sat. 11am to 5pm), and at 362 Montreal Street (Mon. – Fri. 8:30am to 4:30pm).
Residents are encouraged to call ahead to ensure there is capacity at the location they wish to visit. The Calvin Park and Central branches can be reached at 613-549-8888 and the library at 362 Montreal Street is at 613-546-2695.
“Residents want access to books and other Library materials, and this has been our focus over the past few weeks,” said Carter. “To provide better access to our curbside pickup service we’ve extended our Saturday hours to include the Central Branch. We’re hoping these extended hours will also benefit people looking for refuge from the heat. Those visiting the Central Branch will also have access to public computers for up to 30 minutes and be able to use the restroom.”
Public Health advises residents to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. Residents are also required to wear a face covering while in a City or library facility to protect themselves and others, unless they meet one of the exemptions.
Not all KFPL locations are open to the public due to COVID-19 but, if needed, the City may add additional Cool Down locations and extend hours.
“When we see the temperatures climb to the point where they cause discomfort and, potentially, adverse health effects, we are advising residents to minimize the length of time they spend outdoors and to ensure they are properly hydrated. If you see someone in distress who requires immediate assistance, please call 9-1-1,” said Chief Shawn Armstrong with Kingston Fire & Rescue, who is co-leading the coordination of Cool Down locations for the City during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit KFL&A Public Health’s Extreme Heat resource page for more information on ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pets during extreme heat.