COVID-19 and Pike Lake 
Perth & District Union Public Library
Your Library is Still There for You during COVID-19 Pandemic 

Hard copy library books may be out of the question right now, but the Perth Union Library and its staff are still here for you, even if it is from a socially appropriate distance! Here are some suggestions from the Library staff. 


1 – Check out our new website

If you haven’t explored our new website yet, now is the perfect time! Resources for kids, digital services, exploration & enrichment, as well as our catalogue for book searches are ready for your perusal


2 – Explore our online book collection

Dear patrons, we know that there is truly nothing like a “real” book, but have you checked out Libby yet? Libby is a free app with which you can download e-books and audiobooks using your library card. Online copies might not be “the same,” but these resources are a treasure all on their own. 


3 – Find your next book

Sometimes finding your next read is difficult. We’re here to help! Not only does our website have a staff picks page, but we also have a direct link to NoveList. NoveList is a great way to help match you with the titles you want; just search for a favourite book and click through for a list of similar titles or authors. You can also browse book titles by genre or by description. 


4 – Watch movies for free

Kanopy is a movie-streaming service that you can access for free using your library account. Search films by genre or topic, set parental controls, and even check your viewing history. The Kanopy library is an especially great way to explore some new ideas if you are needing a break from Hollywood media. Be aware though; you only get five free movies per month! What a great excuse to set up a virtual movie night, and enjoy a film together – apart.


5 – Visit the museum

Feeling a need to see something besides the usual surroundings? Visit the museum from your couch! Many cultural spaces around the world are opening up their displays to virtual tours for free. These can be found with a few easy clicks from the Perth Union Library’s homepage. First, select “Programs & Events” then “Adult Learning.” This will take you to a page rich in easy-click links to lead you on your next great online adventure. You can even visit the Metropolitan Opera! “Nightly Met Opera Streams” at 7:30 p.m.

6 – Build your digital skills

Libraries are a place of shared knowledge. Even in the midst of so much change, this continues to be true. Feeling stranded is the worst! To help you on your way, we have included a resource link on our Adult Learning page called “TechBoomers.” The TechBoomers site offers a wide range of tutorials from internet safety and shopping online, to how to use Facebook. If you are feeling that you have these things figured out pretty well, you can even find tutorials on how to learn computer programming, run a successful blog, or advice on how to get your business online. 


7 - Free Wifi

The library is a place of connection and we are all finding new ways to connect with our community these days. As always, allow us to get you connected digitally; if you bring your own device, you can connect freely to the library’s wifi network from anywhere around the library building. Now that the weather is getting warmer you can actually linger in the library garden, applying appropriate physical distancing, of course! 


8 - Explore the world

While we may not be able to pack our bags and hop on a plane right now, we can still explore the wonders that the world has to offer right in our own homes! Under the Digital Library tab of our website, you can find Global Road Warrior and AtoZ World Travel, both of which are fantastic resources packed with information about the many places and cultures of our wonderful world. 


9 - Connect the kids

We've got tons of fun stuff and educational resources for kids on our website! On the Kids’ Resources page, you’ll find links for at-home learning, exploration, and play with ideas for offline activities as well. For the younger set, click over to our Babies & Toddlers page where you’ll find tons of guides and storytimes to help you build your child’s early literacy skills. Parents, we haven’t forgotten you - you now have your very own Parents’ Corner filled with information and resources to support you and your growing readers! Kids can sign up for our new Pen Pal Program to connect with other kids in our community (and to get some reading & writing practice in!) 


10 - Connect with us

Connect with us on social media for all the latest updates - follow us on Facebook, Twitter, andInstagram! If you’re missing the friendly faces you usually see at the library, check-in with our staff on the library’s blog to see what we’re up to (find it under the “About” tab of the website, under “News”). 

Some great info from Friends of the Tay Watershed

Posted with permission from Friends of the Tay Watershed:


Local Fresh Food & Farm Gate Products 

With the uncertainty of when our farmers' markets will be able to open, our association is pleased to suggest:

  • Lanark Local Flavour - see the 2020 list of area producers, many of whom sell from farm gate, and some can even deliver, at

  • Perth Farmers' Market - will operate as an online marketplace. Customers will be able to order at the market website, online or by phone, and pick up the pre-packaged order when it is ready. Will be available when the season starts in May (date TBA), at

  • and, of course, your community grocers.

  • The Table, Perth, is continuing The Good Food Bank and Community Meals, welcomes fresh product donations, and are hopeful community gardens access restrictions will be lifted for planting at Last Duel Park and Rogers Road Community Allotment Centre.

Your Board of Directors
Friends of the Tay Watershed Association

Lanark County Total Open-Air Burn Ban in Effect April 2  


The Fire Departments of Lanark County will be implementing a TOTAL OPEN-AIR BURN BAN as of Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 until further notice.


The ban applies to all open-air fires including agricultural burns, brush piles, burn barrels, campfires, chimeneas, cooking fires, consumer fireworks, incinerators and other types of outdoor burning, but does not include cooking appliances with a mechanical shutoff, i.e. propane or natural gas cooking equipment.


Due to the concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the need for social distancing and to assist in the health, safety and well-being of our firefighters we placed an open-air burn ban as a precautionary measure to avoid any additional strain on our fire services at this time.


We are committed to providing and maintaining emergency response within our communities and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we cope with this uncertain and unprecedented situation. 


If you have any questions please contact your local fire department. 

Tay Valley Township Resident Services and COVID-19

Tay Valley Township has put together a page on their website with information regarding the Township's resident services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It covers: closures of township owned facilities; cancellations of programming; and modifications to council meetings, waste sites, building permits, property tax payments, etc. 


The Stanleyville Waste site remains unchanged, but at Glen Tay Waste Site only household garbage and recyclables will be accepted. 

As Waste Site amenities are not sanitized the public is asked to ensure they are adhering to:

  • strict social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart),

  • staying home if they are not feeling well,

  • washing their hands frequently,

  • avoiding touching their face and

  • no hugging or handshakes. (The website actually does say "hugging") 

The webpage can be found here.  

Property Assessment Update postponed during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The Ontario government has announced that the 2020 Assessment Update has been postponed. They have indicated that property assessments for the 2021 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. This means your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property.


In 2016, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) mailed a Property Assessment Notice to every property owner in the province – assessing more than five million properties in Ontario. Your 2016 Notice reflects the assessed value and classification of your property as of January 1, 2016 and this will be used as the basis for calculating your 2021 property taxes.

You can read more about it here.

2020 Canadian Loon Survey Cancelled


Birds Canada has let the Pike Lake Community Association know that the 2020 Canadian Loon Survey has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the safety of volunteers and staff doing data collection and reporting. It's unfortunate but Dr. Doug Tozer, the Birds Canada Director of Waterbirds and Welands, has advised that "one year of missing data in a long-term dataset does not have much of an impact on our ability to calculate trends over many years." You can read the letter to our PLCA President here.


Message to cottagers from Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit 


The Lake Networking Group has asked us to forward a message regarding COVID–19 from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit to members of our lake community. The message can be found here


It expresses the concern of local municipalities that an influx of seasonal cottagers will strain the local health care system and resources, and possibly bring new cases of COVID-19 to the area from communities that may have higher numbers of cases. It notes that many hospitals that serve cottage country are smaller and do not have the capacity to handle cases from outside their area, and have limited intensive care beds and ventilators.  


Any comments or concerns related to the linked attachment should be sent to   

Tay Valley Township Reeve's Message



We have been asked to pass along this plea from the Tay Valley Township Reeve. In a message to cottage associations he asked that we relay the following: 


Cottagers should resist the urge to head to the cottage at this very difficult and stressful time. While we would normally welcome cottagers to our communities, at this time our primary focus must be to ensure that our local heath care resources are not overloaded and, as well, that our local grocery store demands are not put under even more pressure. 


We want to ensure that we are doing our best to keep everyone safe and the more we do to follow the rules we WILL beat this. 


I would like to thank everyone for their co-operation.


Brian Campbell 

Tay Valley Township Reeve

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