City, Kingston Frontenac Public Library partner to offer cool down locations

Kingston Frontenac Public Library Central Branch. Photo by Jessica Foley.

The City of Kingston and Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) are working in partnership to provide “Cool Down” locations for residents throughout the summer.

According to a press release from the City of Kingston, three locations will be open to the public to offer places for residents to cool down. This comes the day after Environment Canada and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health issued a heat warning for the area for the week beginning Monday, Jul. 6, 2020. The City indicated that additional Cool Down locations and extended hours may be added if there is a need, and noted that not all KFPL locations are currently open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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 Laura Carter, Chief Librarian with KFPL.

The following locations will be open as Cool Down sites:

  • The Calvin Park Branch of the KFPL, located at 88 Wright Crescent. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Central Branch of the KFPL, located at 130 Johnson Street. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To contact the libraries, call 613-549-8888

  • The City-owned building at 362 Montreal Street. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To contact staff at that location, call 613-546-2695

“Residents want access to books and other Library materials, and this has been our focus over the past few weeks. 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,” Carter said.

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 KFPL facility to protect themselves and others, unless they meet one of the exemptions. The City is encouraging residents to call ahead to ensure there is capacity at the locations they would like to visit.

“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 Kingston Fire and Rescue Chief Shawn Armstrong, who is co-leading the coordination of Cool Down locations for the City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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