How to keep busy at home in Edmonton during the COVID-19 pandemic

For those in self-isolation or those practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the day-to-day could become monotonous.

That’s why an Edmonton bookstore is hoping to provide some literary relief, by making home deliveries.

Glass Bookshop co-owner Matthew Stepanic, along with his dog, are driving around the Edmonton-area to make drop-offs.

“Usually, I’m talking through a screen door and placing books outside, but people have been really appreciative,” explained Stepanic.

“We basically moved the bookshop entirely online. People can pick out the books they want to read and we deliver it, free of charge.”

The bookstore itself, located in City Centre Mall, has been closed to encourage others to practice social distancing.

“We made that choice for the health of our community. It was a tough call, but we also cancelled all of our events we had planned with authors. This is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Stepanic said the shop has seen dozens of orders as of Tuesday, and expects more on the way.

“It’s really tough as an independent bookshop. Our mandate in the community is to be a gathering place,” said Stepanic. “We’re trying to do as much as we can to support the community and still connect with people in whatever ways are possible.”

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