Esquimalt mayor riles library board with proposed cut (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Dec. 6, 2002)
A proposal by new Esquimalt Mayor Darwin Robinson to reduce the size of the planned new library facility by 40 per cent may put the entire project in jeopardy. Robinson would like to revise the previous deal between the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) Board and the municipality for a 8,600 sq. ft. facility by cutting out 3,720 sq. ft. to house municipal archives. But the GVPL Board says a 4,900 sq. ft. building (20 per cent smaller than the current library) simply will not work. GVPL Board chair Bruce Andrews says he will write to Robinson to discuss the matter, but adds that while the board accepts that councils have the right to make decisions about matters they are financially tied to, the library board is an independent agency with a responsibility to library users. "This reduced space clearly is not acceptable," he says.

Mayor scales back library cut (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Dec. 7, 2002)
Esquimalt Mayor Darwin Robinson says he now only wants to axe about 1000 sq. ft. from the library portion of the proposed new civic complex, leaving 7,400 sq. ft. - about 1,000 more than it has now. The library must vacate its current site by April 1, as the building has been sold to the McDonald's restaurant chain.

Library board wants mayor to retreat (Esquimalt News, Victoria, BC - Dec. 11, 2002)
Alison Acker, the community rep. for Esquimalt on the GVPL Board says an upcoming letter from board chair Bruce Andrews to Esquimalt Mayor Darwin Robinson will "remind" Robinson of the terms of an agreement between the board and the municipality, specifically the amount of space set aside (over 8,000 sq. ft., according to Acker) for the library in the new civic complex. She adds that shelving for the originally conceived space has already been ordered. Eight-six per cent of Esquimalt residents own a library card, the highest rate among GVPL regions.

Domino game shakes city core (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Nov. 30, 2002)
Article on various proposed changes to Victoria's downtown core, including the relocation of the GVPL Central Branch to the soon-to-be vacated Hudson's Bay Co. building, which could double the library's current 50,000 sq. ft. of space. The library board recently voted unanimously to consider the relocation idea. The article goes on to detail the various "dominoes" that would have to fall into place to make the move possible.

Cyber poll shows support for library move (Saanich News, Victoria, BC - Jan. 8, 2003)
It could be months before it's know whether the main branch of the GVPL will be moving into the soon-to-be-vacated Bay building, but a cyber poll on the GVPL web site already shows considerable support for the idea. As of Jan. 3, of the 1,473 votes entered, 73 per cent approve of the move. GVPL chair Bruce Andrews says the support is strong but he is also not surprised by the number opposed, since a fair mount of loyalty exists around the present site, especially among long-term users. But Andrews says the current location is reaching a crisis state over its lack of space and he hopes to begin informing the public next month about the need to find the downtown branch a larger home.

Library vote goes down in Area C (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Nov. 18, 2002)
Despite scoring a win in the city of Cranbrook, the community will not get a new library right now because voters in Area C (which abuts Cranbrook's corporate boundaries) narrowly nixed the plan. The referendum called for the voters of Cranbrook and Area C to both pass the plan by a 50 per cent margin. Cranbrook voters were in favour by 3,138 votes to 2, 890. Area C, whose residents were asked to cover 20 per cent of the operating and capital costs, tallied 609 in favour but 622 against. But library chair Derryll White and Cranbrook Mayor Ross Priest remain optimistic, saying they would like to hammer out the exact reasons for the loss with Area C director Mike Kartasheff. Priest added that he would like Area C naysayers to contact City Hall and let the reasons for their decision be known.

Cranbrook council still dealing with public library referendum (Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Kimberley, BC - Dec. 27, 2002)

Cranbrook city council is still being dogged by the fallout of the failed library referendum. A recent letter to council from an Area C voter (who wants a new library but voted against the proposal) had Mayor Ross Priest once again explaining the rationale for site selection and taxation. Specifically, the writer asked why a certain parcel of land was not considered for the new library, and why a parcel tax scheme was not proposed. Priest explained that the site in question was not available for sale, and that the tax issue rested with the Regional District of East Kootenay, not the city, which has no tax authority over Area C.

Library chair glum, mayor says future up to new council (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Nov. 18, 2002)
Sally Hobman, board chair for the Trail Public Library, expressed despair at the referendum defeat for a new library facility, which she described as "a backward step" for a community so in need of a new library. She also dismissed any renovation or expansion of the current space or moving into another downtown building as too costly, inadequate or impossible. Hobman also criticized local mining company Teck Cominco for "terrorizing" locals with its "No" campaign. But Teck Cominco general manager Doug Magoon said their campaign was simply a way to control costs in tough times. Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs says the issue of a new library is not going to disappear, and it will be up to the new council to decide where things go from here.

Clarifying library/museum project facts (The Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Nov. 28, 2002)
Library/Museum Capital Campaign Chairperson (and Whistler Public Library board chair) Anne Fenwick explains the history of the new library project, it's funding structure, proposed features and general timeline.

Cost of library concept shocks council (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Dec. 18, 2002)
A preliminary cost estimate of $15 to $43 million for a proposed new library facility in the City of North Vancouver has shocked some city councillors. The wide range of proposed costs is due to the nature of the project's scope, which could include, aside from the library, an affordable housing development, day-care facilities and a large parking area. The plan is intended to meet the needs of the community for the next 25 years. Council agreed to have workshops to gauge public opinion about the project before any more concrete plans were designed.

Library countdown underway (Cowichan News-Leader, Duncan, BC - Jan. 8, 2003)
If all goes according to plan, construction on the new Cowichan Library will begin in about two months, says Cowichan Community Centre boss Ron Austen, after the resolving of some "major hurdles", such as signing a rental agreement for the 12, 800 sq. ft. space, and staging pre-tender cost estimate and award processes. Those procedures are hoped to lead up to a March construction start date.


Library a relative bargain (The Penticton Herald, Penticton, BC - Nov. 29, 2002)
Penticton bookworms munch though pages cheaper than most people in the province. Article then quotes various per capita spending and circulation statistics.

How the local library stacks up (Penticton Western News, Penticton, BC - Dec. 12, 2002)
Funding for the Penticton library is one-third below the provincial average. Article then goes on to quote, almost verbatim, the same stats as the above article.

Tax increase approved despite planned five-year moratorium (The Daily News, Kamloops, BC - Nov. 15, 2002)
A small increase in taxes is required to cover the costs of increased library hours says Thompson-Nicola Regional District chair Al Kemp. This will add about $1 per $100,000 of assessment to tax bills despite a current five-year moratorium on tax increases. City of Kamloops taxpayers pay approx. $44 on every 100K for library services.

Money for cops, roads on wish list (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Nov. 27, 2002)
Library: Coquitlam Public Library would like to add $180,615 to its $3 million budget to improve materials, software and update its Poirier Street Branch. Director Karen Harrison says the increase is needed to meet the demands of a 14 per cent increase in circulation in 2002.

VIRL budget up (Courtenay Comox Valley Record, Courtenay, BC - Dec. 6, 2002)
The Vancouver Island Regional Library Board has approved an increase of 1.77 per cent in its 2003 budget over the previous year. This increase is in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Louis vows to keep library open all summer (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver, BC - Dec. 11, 2002)
New Vancouver city councillor Tim Louis says library patrons are fed-up with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) system's yearly one-week summer closures, and when he's appointed as council rep. to the library board next month he will work to ensure the library stays open all year round. "You just watch," says Louis, "When I put my mind to something, it gets done. There will be no more summer closures." System-wide week-long closures have been the norm since 1997, when the library's budget was cut by $500,000. Louis said he also wants to examine a VPL plan to do away with 13 union jobs and replace them with 10 non-union management positions, a move that CUPE Local 391 says will actually result in increased costs. The upcoming shake-up of the library board will see five of ten board members replaced, including the current chair. COPE councillor David Cadman, who made the campaign promise regarding the library's year-round operation, admits that the library board is a separate entity from city council, but the message from Louis will be, " are funded by the city and our expectation is you will work to keep the library open year around."

Budget cutback behind Christmas library closure (Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna, BC - Dec. 13, 2002)
While some patrons complain about the yearly Christmas closure (from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2) of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL), others have just gotten used to it. ORL executive director Lesley Dieno says they simply do not get enough complaints to warrant re-opening over this period, which saves the system $40,000 a year. "We were doing it basically because we were running out of money and something had to give," she said. "We all hope one day to open those days again but it would have to be a higher priority."

Library agreement (Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Dec. 28, 2002)
Directors have approved a cost-sharing agreement between the regional district and the municipality which establishes a basis for the two entities to contribute to the Powell River Public Library's annual budget.


Desserts will bring about growth Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Nov. 20, 2002)
The Powell District Public Library Board will be holding its Third Annual Dessert Theatre on Nov. 22. The evening will include live performances, book readings, music and desserts and other refreshments. Money raised will aid the Library Growth Fund.

Library receives $1000 Literacy B.C. grant (Bridge River-Lillooet News, Lillooet, BC - Nov. 20, 2002)
The Lillooet Public Library has received a $1K grant from Literacy BC to assist the library with two of its Family Literacy Programs: the Books for Babies Program provides a book for each baby born at the hospital, and one each year for the child's first five birthdays; the First Nations Literacy Outreach rotates shipments of reading and literacy materials to three on-reserve pre-schools and arranges regular visits to the library for First Nations-specific story-times.

Jewellery sale helps library (Peace Arch News, White Rock, BC - Nov. 23, 2002)
Local artist and Friends of the Library member Fiona David will be helping out the library on Nov. 24 when she donates 25 per cent of her hand-made jewellery sales for the day back to the library. The sale will take place at the White Rock Library and include the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind piece by David. Money raised will be used to upgrade the library's meeting room furniture and audio-visual equipment.

Library acquires Trail Daily Times on microfilm (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Nov. 25, 2002)
A $5,200 donation from Columbia Basin Trust has enabled the Trail and District Public Library to purchase 149 reels of microfilm containing every issue of the Trail Daily Times from 1940 to 1990. Trail librarian Joy Huebert had hopes to acquire every issue from 1895, but costs were simply too high. The period purchased seems to be of the most interest to the public, according to Huebert. Anyone wanting to research periods before 1940 can go to Selkirk College in Castlegar, which does hold the entire publication history. Library workers hope to have the reels catalogued and ready for viewing by late December.

Library hosts 'small picture' sale (Abbotsford News, Abbotsford, BC - Nov. 30, 2002)
The Mission Friends of the Library are holding a fundraiser featuring paintings measuring no larger than 16 inches square by local artists. Commissions from the sales will be used to purchase children's art instruction books for the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Diabetes books added to library (Abbotsford News, Abbotsford, BC - Nov. 30, 2002)
The Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association has donated $400 to the Clearbrook Library for the purchase of books and magazines about the disease.

An 'awesome' auction (Terrace Standard, Terrace, BC - Dec. 4, 2002)
Part of the funds raised at this year's Terrace Rotary auction were used to add a wheelchair ramp to the Terrace Public Library.

Bloomin' collection (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Dec. 7, 2002)
The BC Floral Art Society has donated $5,900 to the Coquitlam Public Library to buy new books and videos on flower arranging and design as part of the society's campaign to boost the availability of these materials in Lower Mainland libraries.

Easel Weasel's purchase art videos for library (Daily News, Prince Rupert, BC - Dec. 10, 2002)
The Prince Rupert Public Library now has seven new video titles on art instruction to loan thanks to a donation by the Easel Weasel's Artist Guild.

Around town (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Dec. 14, 2002)
With its Celebrate With Books program, the Richmond Public Library invites people to sponsor the purchase of a book for the library in honour of a family member, friend or special occasion. Donation forms are available at the library. The library will send a recognition card to the person being honoured.

Library Foundation welcomes donations (Coast Reporter, Sechelt, BC - Dec. 15, 2002)
The Gibsons and District Public Library Foundation has been granted charitable tax status, enabling the foundation to receive and raise money for capital and special projects for the public library. The foundation has been a long-term goal of many local library supporters. The foundation invites public participation as a donor, fundraiser or volunteer.

Photo without caption or title (Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Kimberley, BC - Dec. 16, 2002)
Members of the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation present Kimberley Public Library staff with a cheque for $500 to assist with the publishing of the library's 75th anniversary book.

Fund grows (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Dec. 19, 2002)
Photo with caption: Creston Public Library chief librarian Gina Rawson accepts a cheque for $1,870 from Beth Swalwell of the Creston Valley Quilt Festival and artist Ute Bachinski. The money was raised through the sale of Bachinski's paintings at the Sept. festival.

Taking on Coeur D'Alene once again (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Jan. 14, 2002)
The Cranbrook Library will be hosting its first READATHON on Feb. 1. Participants can sign up pledges for so many cents per minute or for a set amount. Pledge forms can be obtained from the library.. Money raised will be used to purchase new books, video and CDs. The annual Sister City Reading Challenge also gets started on Feb. 1, and any books read during the READATHON will count toward the challenge total.


Library goes to e-mails (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Nov. 20, 2002)
Starting the month, the North Vancouver District Public Library's computer system will be generating e-mail messages to notify patrons regarding holds they are waiting for and overdue notices. The system is said to be more efficient and more economical than the current TeleCirc phone message system and offers more information to the patron about the items in question. Patrons who do not have computer access will continue to receive the information by the previous methods.

E-mail can access library orders (Morning Star, Vernon, BC - Nov. 22, 2002)
ORL patrons can now request to receive pickup notices by e-mail. ORL executive director Lesley Dieno says this method is faster, gives more detailed information and saves money. But she notes that only people who check their e-mail regularly should opt for the service.

Free e-mail available at Whistler library (Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Nov. 28, 2002)
The Whistler Public Library is now offering free e-mail access to its patrons. Four computers will be available to book for 30 minute periods of e-mail/Internet browsing use. The "express" e-mail computer will still offer 15 minute first-come, first-served time slots.

City library stocks same-day's papers from around the world (Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC - Dec. 5, 2002)
A Richmond company called Newspapers Direct, which uses digital and electronic communications technology to print same-day versions of newspapers from around the world, has helped the VPL become the first library on the planet to offer the service to patrons. Seven branches of the VPL are now offering free tabloid sized versions of newspapers from 40 different countries. The advantage to the library is that providing these versions is cheaper than subscribing to the actual paper and having them delivered. The daily printouts are currently based on the cultural makeup of the particular branch they are being offered in, but the system also easily allows for selections to change. The library has launched a survey to help determine which publications patrons want to see.

Library closes for training (Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Dec. 12, 2002)
The Whistler Public Library will be closed Dec. 17 to 19 so that staff can be trained on the new Horizon Sunrise automated system, which will allow 24 hr-a-day access to the library's catalogue, patron's accounts and detailed information about items similar to what displays.

Library relaunches its popular web site (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Dec. 21, 2002)
The revamped version of the Richmond Public Library (RPL) web site has proved very popular since its Nov. 1 launch. The library has catalogued 75,000 distinct users per month, much more than the old site. Project manager Shirley Yew says the library has also been getting many calls and e-mails praising the new look and features, plus valuable input that has helped to work out some of the early glitches. RPL debuted its web presence in 1994 and has won an number of national awards for the site.

Library debuts online service (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Dec. 25, 2002)
Beginning Jan. 2, library patrons will be able to access the library's catalogue from any computer through the library's web site. Manager of systems and technology Michael de Koven thinks that the new feature will be very popular due to its simpler accessibility, better printing options and advanced search capabilities. The site also now has the capability in the future of offering non-library materials such as cover art, reviews and links to e-books and magazines.

Dude, Whistler has a library? Wicked! (The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC - Dec. 26, 2002)
Article detailing a potential make-over of the Whistler Public Library web site by the Hot Tomali design group.


Project GOAL starts in January (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Nov. 19, 2002)
The Cranbrook Public Library will launch Project GOAL - Grade One At the Library - in January. The program hopes to encourage kids to become library users at an early age, and give teaches a tool they can use to develop reading skills. Project GOAL will arrange for the children's librarian to make regular visits to grade one classrooms, or have the class visit the library. Incentives will be offered to help get kids reading.

Library on the lookout for next Shakespeare (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Nov. 20, 2002)
"Monologue and Dialogues" is a free workshop being held at the RPL that will offers teens from ages 12 to 16 the opportunity to explore the world of writing for the stage. The afternoon workshop to be held on Dec. 8 will be hosted by local writer Naomi Hamer. Registration can be done at any library branch, by phone or online.

Reading challenge has begun (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Nov. 20, 2002)
The Coquitlam Public Library and Port Coquitlam's Terry Fox Library have asked grade 4 and 5 students from seven local schools to participate in the first Reading Link Challenge. Over the Christmas holidays and into Jan., teams of six or seven students will be reading six books and will then compete in a Battle of the Books testing them on their knowledge of the stories. The teams will first compete within schools, then against the winners in their district, then the two finalists will go head-to-head for the regional title. The program was started in the US in 1993 as a way to encourage reading.

New policy promotes reading (Campbell River Mirror, Campbell River, BC - Dec. 6, 2002)
A new policy at the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIR)L will introduce a library card for daycare and preschool operators, allowing them to take out books for up to six weeks and pay late fees at the children's book rate. VIRL chair Donna Gault says the old rates were discouraging childcare workers from borrowing books.


Controversial book kept off library shelves in district until court rules on pending case (The Daily News, Kamloops, BC - Dec. 13, 2002)

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) board of directors has voted to keep the book Children of the Matrix: How an Interdimensional Race has Controlled the World for Thousands of Years - And Still Does, by David Icke, off library system shelves until a libel case in Ontario court is heard. In that case, Ontario lawyer Richard Warman claims he is libelled in the book, which alleges that a race of alien lizards control the Earth through a secret society of world leaders. The book, which the system has had several requests for, is filed by librarians under the category of conspiracy theories. Kevin Kiernas, the director of the library region, says that libraries in Vancouver and Toronto have taken the same stance, and that several legal opinions, including one sought by the TNRD, have concluded the book libels Warman under Canadian law.

Book removal 'side effect' of law (The Daily News, Kamloops, BC - Dec. 14, 2002)
Vincent Gogolek, policy director for the BC Civil Liberties Association, calls the removal the of the book Children of the Matrix from library shelves an "interesting and somewhat disturbing side effect" of Canadian libel laws. "There's a real issue of prior censorship - all you do is file a lawsuit to pull a book," he says. Gogolek said his association wants to work with BC libraries to reform laws so that libraries are protected from libel suits. The BC Library Association has begun a review to determine how laws might be changed to exempt public libraries from this kind of legal action.

Library friends explore history (Daily News, Prince Rupert, BC - Nov. 19, 2002)
The Friends of the Library in Prince Rupert has hit on the idea of hosting a series of heritage teas at local residences of historical interest. The gatherings are designed as a way to bring together the concepts of history and design, generated by the recent visit of architect John Rattenbury and his task of designing a new library, and to attract new members to the Friends of the Library.

Library fetes volunteers (Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Nov. 20, 2002)
The Powell River and District Public Library is marking 29 years of community service by holding a volunteer appreciation tea on Nov. 20. Library volunteers past and present and members of the public are invited to attend.

Outstanding achievement (Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC - Nov. 22, 2002)
Photo with caption: Courtenay Mayor Ron Webber presents a BCLA award to librarians Elizabeth Johnson and Martin Gavin in recognition of their "outstanding achievement" in building the new Courtenay Library.

Library holds safety seminar (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Nov. 28, 2002)
The Richmond Public Library and SUCCESS have teamed up to assist young women after a series of attacks on Lower Mainland immigrant women. A bilingual (English and Mandarin) seminar will be held at the library on Dec. 3 to "provide information and tips to new immigrants about how to avoid violence and what to do if attacked," said Wendy Jang of the library's multilingual services department.

Hedley hires new librarian (Golden Star, Golden, BC - Dec. 4, 2002)
The Hedley branch of the ORL welcomes new librarian Janis Winter. Winter has been an ORL employee for more than 21 years.

B.C. audiobook program unique - and in danger (Daily News, Prince Rupert, BC - Dec. 4, 2002)
In an attempt to salvage the province's operation of the audiobook program, Prince Rupert Public Library Board chair Myrna Hiebert has written a letter to the Premier and Minister George Abbott explaining why the program should be continued. Chief librarian Allan Wilson says the unique program is inexpensive to run and delivers a valuable service, particularly in the area of offering Canadian and local content. At this time, the Prince Rupert Public Library has about 350 audiobooks in the program.

Multi-purpose rooms open to all / Authors allowed to sell books (Campbell River Mirror, Campbell River, BC - Dec. 6, 2002)

Two new policies were adopted by the VIRL board at its Nov. 23 meeting: that multi-purpose rooms be opening up to groups promoting reading; and that books are now allowed to be sold by authors and Friends of the Library groups at author readings. The policies apply to all VIRL branches.

History book out at last (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Dec. 9, 2002)
A copy of the newly published local history book - "Cranbrook and District Key City Chronicles 1898" will soon be available at the Cranbrook Public Library. The leather-bound, nearly 800-page book was almost 20 years in the making. Project coordinator Skip Fennessy called the creation of the book both a labour of love and an ordeal.

Budget at top of librarian's list (The Gazette, Grand Forks, BC - Dec. 11, 2002)
Grand Forks and District Public Library's new director Marc Saunders has settled into his position (he arrived with his wife and two kids in mid-October) and will now be tackling the library's budget and finances. He also hopes to develop a collection of local authors' works and address the issue of congestion in the stacks. Saunders holds a Masters degree in Greek and Hebrew languages and is working on his doctorate in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Says Saunders, "I have a love of books and a love of information. I really love the instructional role the librarian can play in the community."

Library research made simple (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver, BC - Dec. 18, 2002)
A Guide to Research @ Your Library is a new booklet published by the VPL that will help patrons unlock the mysteries of catalogue systems and the Internet. It sells for $12 at Bookmark, the library store in the Central Branch.

Bizarre bookmarks (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Dec. 24, 2002)
Article on the various items found by RPL staff when checking in materials, from photographs to large denomination currency. The piece further discusses the numbers surrounding book returns (the Brighouse Branch checked in 11,000 books the day after Remembrance Day) and the work done by processing staff, about which chief librarian Greg Buss comments, "It's an incredibly important and underplayed part of the library."

Library branch seeks input (Shuswap Market News, Salmon Arm, BC - Dec. 27, 2002)
Surveys will be delivered to the Silver Creek area in the first week of January to collect feedback regarding the additional five hours that the Silver Creek branch of the ORL will be implementing in the new year. The branch is entitled to 15 hours a week according to ORL guidelines, but is currently only open 10.

Favourite novels sought (Langley Times, Langley, BC - Jan. 5, 2003)
The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) wants to know what the favourite reads are of its patrons. To find out, the FVRL is asking people to submit a list of their 10 favourite novels. The results will be tabulated and a list of the Top 100 will be released in April. Submissions must be in by the end of Feb. Ten contestants will be chosen to win prize packs of books and a book bag. Anyone aged 13 and over can enter their selections.

The Great Northern Reading Challenge has begun at the PG Public Library (Prince George This Week, Prince George, BC - Jan. 5, 2003)

A phone conversation between Mackenzie librarian Natilee Underwood and Prince George Public Library's children coordinator Marie Kelly has led to the launch of the Great Northern Reading Challenge. Late last year, Underwood issued a challenge to Kelly, suggesting that families in Mackenzie could read more books in a month than those in Prince George. Kelly has turned the idea into a fun family-oriented activity that will lead up to Family Literacy Day festivities on January 27. Families can pick up an official record sheet at either of the library's branches. Kelly says, "I like the fact that the whole family is involved; if parent reads to child, write it down, if Dad reads alone, write it down. There are absolutely no requirements - just read."

Speaking of books... (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Jan. 6, 2003)
Most book club members are familiar with the problems around getting enough copies of a selection for all participants at the same time. The GVPL is trying to help out by offering multiple copies of popular books and setting them aside specifically for book clubs. Clubs can borrow up to 10 copies of a title and have the loan period extended from the usual four weeks to six. The availability of these books was made possible through work done by the GVPL Friends of the Library, who contributed $5,000 to the service. The library hopes to add an additional 20 selections in 2003 to the current roster of 30 titles.

Glavin a Necessary Voice (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver, BC - Jan. 8, 2003)
West Coast journalist and essayist Terry Glavin will be speaking about his essay Below McIntyre Bluff: Notes from a Year at the VPL on Jan. 21. Glavin won the 2001 Hubert Evans Prize for his work, The Last Great Sea: A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean. The free reading is part of the library's Necessary Voices lecture series.

Pioneer librarian mourned (Abbotsford Times, Abbotsford, BC - Jan. 11, 2003)
Ronald Ley, the longest-serving director of the FVRL, died in Abbotsford on Dec. 9, just a few weeks short of his 90th birthday. Ley was appointed librarian and board secretary in 1948 of what was then called the Fraser Valley Union Library (the first unit of its kind in the world, incorporated in 1934). Ley served through to 1972 and oversaw vast changes in the system over the years. Ley was also president of the BC Library Association in 1953-54 and headed the Pacific Northwest Library Association during his tenure as director.

Library hosts tea (Goldstream News Gazette, Victoria, BC - Jan. 15, 2003)
The Juan de Fuca Branch of the GVPL will be joining all the library system's branches in celebrating more than 4 million items being borrowed in 2002 with an afternoon tea on Jan. 17. Library usage has increased 30 per cent since 1996, when the 3 million mark was reached. The Juan de Fuca Branch tallied over 38,000 visits last year, with some single days logging close to 2000 visitors.

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