One-on-one services are coming back to the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library.
 
After a long, COVID-19 induced hiatus, these services are once again available through the library and its partners. 
 
Beginning Tuesday (Sept.7), in partnership with Families First Society, a steadfast connector will be present at the library to help connect families with services in the broader community to assist in areas like mental health, finance and housing. This service will be available every Tuesday. 
 
Starting on Sept.9, the library will be offering settlement services to newcomers. The settlement services practitioner, Riza Tuiza, connects newcomers to available services and resources in the community. This service is in partnership with the Edmonton Immigrant Service Association and Tuiza will be available to book for consults via phone or email at 780-991-8223 or email RTuiza@eisa-edmonton.org
 
"As we come out of this pandemic, I just think that there's going to be residents [who] may need some assistance just getting back on their feet and getting back to what this new normal will be, and we just want to help," explained library director Michele Fedyk.  
 
People looking to brush up on their basic computer skills can get help through the library by booking a one-hour Tech Help session. These skills include using a smartphone, online banking, laptops or even sending a resume. 
 
Something new coming to the library this fall is "Roots to Research," a genealogy program that will start in October. People can book an individual, one-hour session with Robina Sobey, who will help dig into their family's ancestry. Included with all library cards is also the e-resource Ancestry Library Edition to help explore further. 
 
The library will continue with virtual programming into the fall; Fedyk explained they are waiting for COVID-19 case numbers to come back down and anticipate returning to in-person programming in the new year.