For those looking for a relaxing place to read, the Chinook Arch Regional Library System has set up a micro-library in Waterton Lakes National Park, located in the same building as the post office and visitor’s centre.

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Waterton appointee to the Chinook Arch Board, Lesley Little, explains how the idea came to be.

“I came across an article somewhere about what they called a book locker — we called this a micro-library — and there was a satellite component of a larger library in a suburb. In that case, it was in an old firehall.

“I thought this is the perfect opportunity for Waterton.”

Library members select their book from a computer and after scanning their card, the locker containing that book opens.

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Members can also order books from other branches to be delivered to the micro-library and drop off books borrowed from any other Chinook branch.

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New Waterton community member Nicole Jackson believes having the micro-library is very convenient.

“I think we will use it a lot, because I mean, half of the time I bring a whole bunch of books to read while we are on vacation here. And sometimes I forget to bring them, so it’s nice to just have that option.

“It sounds super convenient to me.”

The Waterton micro-library is now accessible around the clock, and it will be receiving weekly deliveries, so all items will be restocked regularly.


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