Books for kids (Victoria News, Victoria, BC - Jan. 23, 2002)
Honda and ABC Family Literacy is sponsoring a book drive to raise books for local schools and libraries. The goal is to fill a Honda mini-van with books by Feb. 9.

Crime prevention through literacy (News Leader, Burnaby, BC - Jan. 23, 2002)
According to literacy experts, the levels of literacy in children can be directly correlated to criminal activity later in life. Brain research has shown that if language development tools are not learned by the time a child is six, that child is in trouble, and as performance in reading and writing improves, so does social responsibility. As part of Family Literacy Week, the New Westminster Library will be holding a 'literacy fair" on Jan. 27.

Fort Nelson Library Invites you to celebrate Family Literacy Day (The Fort Nelson News, Fort Nelson, BC - Jan. 23, 2002)
Article discussing the importance of literacy and the various programs and services available in the province and nationally, including Family Literacy Day / Week.

Literacy promoted as a family affair (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Jan. 24, 2002)
Some of the events planned in Creston for the fourth annual Family Literacy Day include a prize draw and story readings by prominent community members at the Creston Public Library. Suggestions for Literacy Day activities to do at home are also provided.

Family literacy kits to be distributed (The Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Kimberley, BC - Jan. 25, 2002)
As part of this year's Family Literacy Day celebrations, Cranbrook Family Literacy has joined with a number of other community organizations, including the Cranbrook Public Library, to create and distribute Family Literacy Fun Kits to area parents and children. The kits include a bag or pack, a picture book, various supplies to enhance the reading experience (puppets, magnet characters) and suggestions on how to maximize a child's involvement in the activity. It's hoped that the kits will help families promote literacy and encourage family interaction.

Literacy is learning (Kamloops This Week, Kamloops, BC - Jan. 27, 2002)
Article on the importance of literacy and the various forms teaching literacy can take. Also provides some tips to encourage literacy at home through daily routines.

Library Briefs: Family Literacy Day Draw! (Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd, BC - Jan. 29, 2002)
Items donated by ABC Canada Literacy Foundation will be used as prizes to promote Family Literacy Day. Every book checked out will earn a chance to win.

Literacy: Libraries crucial - A legacy of learning (The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC - Jan. 29, 2002)
Profile of former Mayor Ray Woods, who speaks about the important role the public library played in his life as a child growing up during the depression, and how he still values the benefits of the institution every day. Woods helped to establish the Cariboo Library in Williams Lake.

Fund helps raise readers (The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
The Raise-a-Reader program, sponsored by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Vancouver Sun, has donated $2,000 to the Powell River and District Library. The funds will buy books for children and support programming as part of Family Literacy Week.

CIBC and the Vancouver Sun help raise readers in Fort Nelson (The Fort Nelson News, Fort Nelson, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
The Raise-a-Reader program, sponsored by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Vancouver Sun, has donated $2,000 to the Fort Nelson Public Library. The funds will buy books for children and support programming as part of Family Literacy Week. The Raise-a-Reader Program has raised over $400,000 in support for children's literacy in BC.

Literacy still has a huge problem in Canada (Oliver Chronicle, Oliver, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
"Mother Goose" visited the Oliver Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library as part of the library's Family Literacy Day activities. Statistics are provided showing that literacy levels still need improvement in Canada.

Literacy shouldn't end when week does (Sooke News Mirror, Sooke, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
Article on teaching literacy skills and the problem of parents whose reading skills are weak and the damaging effect it can have on their children. Library patrons are quoted on what an important resource public libraries are in teaching a love of reading.

Families celebrate Literacy Day (100 Mile House Free Press, 100 Mile House, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
The turn-out was better than expected for the area's first Family Literacy Day event, hosted by the local high school. Local authors where on hand to read from their books and staff from the 100 Mile House Public Library set up a table to make book-related crafts. Reading mascot Wormsworth was also present.

Literary affair (Terrace Standard, Terrace, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
Photo with text - Activities for Family Literacy Day at the Terrace Library include a puppet show and a scavenger hunt that requires kids look up books in the library's computer and then read them as a family.

Book launch (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Feb. 18, 2002)
As part of its Freedom to Read Week events, the Creston Public Library will host a book launch for Luanne Armstrong's new novel, Jeannie and Gentle Giants.

Freedom to Read website ignites debate (North Island Gazette, Port Hardy, BC - Feb. 20, 2002)
Port Hardy council did not endorse the Vancouver Island Regional Library's (VIRL) support of Freedom to Read Week, saying that some material on an independent web site ( promoting the literacy event was pornographic and racist. Coun. Harry Morse points to a "report card" that gives the Supreme court a "B" for changing child pornography laws, as just one of his concerns. But VIRL board chair Donna Gault says that Morse has misunderstood the recent ruling. She admits there may be references to material that not everyone will approve of on the site, but strongly supports the idea of having a vast range of reading material available to the public.

Don't read that book! (The Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Feb. 21, 2002)
The 18th annual Freedom to Read week will be celebrated cross Canada From Feb. 24 to Mar. 2. Whistler Public Library will mark the event by displaying a collection of books which have been challenged in BC libraries. The selection includes Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Catcher in the Rye, Satanic Verses and The Indian in the Cupboard.

Good books, bad books (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Feb. 25, 2002)
Extensive article on contemporary censorship marking the celebration of Freedom to Read Week. Public librarians, school educators, government officials and library advocates give their views on the topic.


No bitterness, just curiosity (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Feb. 3, 2002)
Richmond resident Tony Cowling spent four years as a Japanese prisoner-of-war, and he has recounted his harrowing experiences in the 1996 book, My Life with the Samurai. The book was recently re-released with some new chapters added, and Cowling will talk about his work at a reading/lecture at the Richmond Public Library on Feb. 12.

Author hosting workshop (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Feb. 11, 2002)
On March 8, the Trail Public Library will host author and head of the English Dept. at University of Manitoba, David Arnason. The writer of two collections of poetry, short stories and both fiction and non-fiction books, will read from his works about his Icelandic heritage in Manitoba. He will also host a two-day writers' workshop to be held on March 9 and 10. The program is sponsored by the Columbia Writers Studio.

Artscetera (Westender, Vancouver, BC - Feb. 21,2002)
A trio of local writers - George Elliot Clarke, Tammy Armstrong and Ryan Knighton - will read from their latest works at a free public reading a the Vancouver Public Library on Feb. 28.

Tumbler Ridge focus of book (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek, BC - Feb. 26, 2002)
Dr. Charles Helm, the writer of Tumbler Ridge: Enjoying Its History, Trails and Wilderness, will present a slide show and talk about his book at the Dawson Creek Library on Feb. 27.


Library looks for direction (Squamish Chief, Squamish, BC - Jan. 26, 2002)
The Squamish Public Library will be holding its AGM on Jan. 31, and board chair Sonja Lebans says that those who want to discuss the possibility of the library being open more hours should make sure they attend. The library had to close an extra day per week over the last year due to a funding shortfall. The AGM is not simply a chance to elect board members, but an opportunity for the public to give the board some direction regarding the library.

Library wants 21% more (Squamish Chief, Squamish, BC - Feb. 9, 2002)
The Squamish Public Library has submitted its funding request to the District of Squamish, and the bottom line is that the library needs a budget increase of 21% over last year. Library chair Sonja Lebans says this new funding would allow for six-day weeks of operation and an increase in new materials. District council library board representative Cheryle Bass notes that finding money for the increase will be a challenge, since many councillors are opposed to raising taxes. That's where the public comes in, says Bass, they should let it be known that they approve of a tax increase to support the library.

Pitt Meadows wants more control of library (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge, BC - Jan. 25, 2002)
Since local government currently pays nearly all library funding, Pitt Meadows councillor and Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) board member Randy Cooke wants local bodies to have more input in how the branch library is operated. And this is being accomplished by FVRL's new Operating and Service Agreements, which set out the responsibilities of the library and the district on paper. It also sets up a regular meeting schedule for council to discuss library matters. First on the agenda will be the library's space issues, including expansion or relocation requirements.

Region takes read on library service fees (The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
Rural Powell River residents will get to vote on a bylaw March 9 to determine if a tax increase to go towards library funding will be approved. If passed, the bylaw could see the taxes on a $100,000 parcel of land go from $17.60 to a maximum of $22.30 for library service. The current requisition limit does not allow for the 30 per cent increase the library is asking for in its request for 2002 funding. Powell River and District's director, Brian Pulham says the referendum in the culmination of five years of work by the library board. "A real critical issue for this library, "he says, "is the ability to secure ongoing, adequate funding."

Council approves $252,760 for local library (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek, BC - Feb. 5, 2002)
The Dawson Creek Municipal Library will receive a seven per cent increase in library funding from the city for 2002. Last year the library spent almost $5,000 less than budgeted, but a number of expenses for the current year may make it unlikely any money will be left over this time around. These expenses include computer purchase and maintenance costs, a wage increase for union employees, an increase in the cost of library books and supplies and professional development costs associated with training a staff person to eventually take over as librarian (current librarian Jenny Snyder will be ready to retire in about four years).

Library feels pinch of funding cuts (Bridge River-Lillooet News, Lillooet, BC - Feb. 20, 2002)
Article on how government cuts to the provincial Audiobook Program and various youth programs will effect the library's operations.

Library presents 'hold the line' budget to City Council (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Feb. 27, 2002)
Cranbrook's new library board has presented a balanced budget to city council. Library board chair Derryll White calls it a "hold the line" budget, but notes that the library has not seen a budget increase in more than 10 years. The board also provided four budgetary options that would allow the library to open on Sundays.


Helping Out (Campbell River Courier-Islander, Campbell River, BC - Jan. 23, 2002)
Photo with caption - Branch librarian Elaine Julian accepts a cheque in the amount of $500 from Marlene Jordon of the Eagles' Ladies Auxiliary. The money will be used to purchase large-print books.

Care givers (Shuswap Market News, Salmon Arm, BC - Jan. 25, 2002)
Photo with caption - Lorraine Prosser, president of the local chapter of the Registered Nurses of BC, looks over books recently donated by local nurses to the Salmon Arm Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

Photo with caption (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Jan. 31, 2002)
Blue Sky Realty has donated $1,000 to the Cranbrook Public Library to assist the library in planning for its new facility.

Paintings worth books for library (The Now, Surrey, BC - Feb. 2, 2002)
White Rock artist John Andrade has donated a number of his paintings to the library. The art will be sold at auction with the proceeds benefiting the White Rock Friends of the Library. Andrade said he selected the library as a recipient because he's always held a fascination for the "universe of literature."

Library gets by with help from Friends (Abbotsford Times, Abbotsford, BC - Feb. 2, 2002)
Profile of the Mission Friends of the Library, including some of the group's past and future fundraising activities.

Library Friends prepare giant book sale (Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC - Feb. 12, 2002)
Friends of the Library volunteers are preparing for the annual book sale, saying that this year's event should exceed past sales, thanks to the huge number of books donated so far.

Book sale on the horizon (The Calendar, Winfield, BC - Feb. 13, 2002)
The Lake County Friends of the Library are calling on people to donate books for the massive book sale scheduled for March 16. Money collected at the sale will be used to improve the library's shelving and furniture.

Recent recipients (The Gazette, Grand Forks, BC - Feb. 13, 2002)
The Grand Forks & District Public Library was one of the recipients of grants handed out by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59.

Library enriches collection with funding (Lakes District News, Burns Lake, BC - Feb. 13, 2002)
Two government grants have helped the Burns Lake Public Library purchase new materials and books. A grant for $2,300 from the Heath Advisory Board will be used to update health and self-help materials. The library also received a collection enrichment grant from the provincial government in the amount of $2,068.

Gift giving (The Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Feb. 14, 2002)
The Whistler Public Library was one of nine local groups to receive a donation from the Association of Whistler Realtors as part of the annual Festival of Lights celebration.


Esquimalt faces lawsuit - Group of residents opposes town hall-library complex (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Feb. 13, 2002)
Speaking for a group of Esquimalt citizens, lawyer John Jordon threatened Esquimalt council with a lawsuit in BC Supreme Court if they voted to go ahead with plans to build a new town hall-library complex on the site of the current town hall facility, and allow a McDonald's restaurant to move into the building presently housing the library. At a Feb. 11 council meeting, over 50 people, including Jordon, spoke against the re-zoning that would need to take place for the deal to go through. Opponents of the deal had complaints ranging from improper property appraisals, the historical value of the current town hall (built in 1929) and the location of the proposed McDonald's facility. Council was not swayed, though, with Mayor Ray Race calling the proposal "a good project".

Esquimalt votes in favour of new town hall complex (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Feb. 19, 2002)
With the BC Supreme court rejecting an injunction to stop their actions, Esquimalt Council has approved a project that would tear down the current city hall and make way for a new civic complex that could also house a new library facility. In a related controversy, a March public meeting will be held to discuss the re-zoning of the current library site allowing a McDonald's restaurant to move into the building, a proposal which has outraged a number of Esquimalt citizens. Money from the purchase of the site by the corporation, about $800,000, would be used to help build the new library.

Esquimalt needs bigger library (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Feb. 24, 2002)
Letter from Sandra Anderson, Chief Librarian of the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL): Anderson argues that the Esquimalt Branch of the GVPL is in desperate need of more space. At peak times patrons are forced to read while sitting on the floor, and recent funding assistance for computers has been limited by the lack of space to accommodate the equipment.

More than 'just' a library (Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC - Jan. 22, 2002)
The new Courtenay branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library celebrated the grand opening of its new facility with the news that book check-outs at the library had risen by 74 per cent in December when compared to the same period last year. The celebrations included a ribbon-cutting, bagpipes and speeches from local officials who praised the many volunteers, staff and benefactors who made the new library such a success story and a new social centre for the community.

Library referendum will be tied to municipal election (The Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Kimberely, BC - Feb. 5, 2002)
A referendum, scheduled to coincide with next falls municipal elections, will allow Cranbrook residents and those in surrounding areas to decide if they want to fund a new library facility. "When we're borrowing money longer than five years we must either do a counter-petition or a referendum," explained Cranbrook Mayor Ross Priest. A call for proposals from architectural firms has been whittled down to four contenders. A sub-committee will make a final recommendation to council.

Library expansion urged (The Summerland Review, Summerland, BC - Feb. 14, 2002)
The $15,000 remaining from a $20,000 allocation to study the feasibility of building a new cultural centre will instead go toward a plan for an expanded library - sort of. After a $5,000 report regarding the site survey for the cultural centre showed that the project was simply going to be too costly at this time, it was suggested that the cramped library could use a facelift. Some councillors were concerned that the original money earmarked for the cultural centre study could not be used for other purposes. They relented somewhat when a resolution was passed that the funds would be used to offer a proposal to architects for plans involving the expansion of the library plus the museum and cultural centre.

Murrayville branch library hits snag (Langley Times, Langley, BC - Feb. 17, 2002)
Murrayville will get a library, but possibly not one as high-tech as originally conceived. Due to a discrepancy (of around $200,000) between the budget approved by the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board and what Langley Township had calculated for the Murrayville Branch, it was suggested that the proposed library cut back on components such as a self-checkout unit. Staff from the Township and the library board will meet to discuss possible budget reductions. Council notes that no matter what happens with the budget, the library project will still go ahead.

Enderby books library space (The Morning Star, Vernon, BC - Feb. 20, 2002)
Enderby council has sent a request to the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) for a larger library space. The current branch is about 1,800 sq. ft., but for the population served (about 6000), a 3000 sq. ft. facility is what is needed. ORL executive director Lesley Dieno admits that it's one of the most cramped libraries in the region. A new space could be rented by the ORL, but furnishing it is the responsibility of the city, which might mean down-sizing some of the ORL's expensive guidelines.

New city library won't be a short story (The Morning Star, Vernon, BC - Feb. 22, 2002)
It will be a while before a new library is a reality for Vernon residents. A committee will be established to investigate various issues such as the size of the facility. Expanded branches in other communities could also play a role in determining how a new Vernon library would take shape. At this date, no timeline for a new library is in place.

Council approves $145,000 for library fundraising drive (The Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Feb. 21, 2002)
Municipal council has agreed to help finance a campaign to build a new Whistler Public Library/Museum to the tune of $145,000. Nearly $5 million will need to be raised by the current library and archives to pay for their portion of the project. The total cost of the capital campaign is expected to be about $285,000.

Library task force short lists downtown properties (Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, BC - Feb. 24, 2002)
A recent poll of residents made the job a lot easier for the task force charged with determining the site of the new library. Eighty-seven per cent of those polled wanted the library to be in the downtown core, which eliminated a number of prospective sites. Considerations about the size of the facility further narrowed the field. A recommendation will be made to the Cariboo Regional District some time in April.


Writing contest winners announced (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Jan. 20, 2002)
Out of over 250 entries turned into the library, four winners have been announced in the Richmond Public Library's 11th annual Young Adult Writing Contest. The winners received cash prizes and will have their submissions posted on the library's web site and published in a small book the library puts out each year. A presentation on Feb. 28 will honour the winners.

Storyteller plies his craft at local library branches (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Jan. 31, 2002)
Popular author and storyteller Richard Thompson will be visiting Victoria-are libraries, offering his unique brand of storytelling for the 6-8 year old crowd. Based in Prince George, Thompson's works include Frog's Riddle & Other Draw-and-Tell Stories.

Photo without title (The Now, Surrey, BC - Feb. 2, 2002)
The recent winner of the prestigious US Newberry Prize for her book Everything On A Waffle, BC author Polly Horvath spoke and read to children at the Guildford library on Tuesday. Horvath talked about her experiences writing her books and then getting them published.

Books and bites programs for kids (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Feb. 13, 2002)
Brief article profiling some of the children's programs at the Coquitlam Public Library (CPL), including after-school story-times and the first of CPL's Healthy Eating for Families series, Learning with Pizza.

Kids make bookmarks (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge, BC - Feb. 15, 2002)
As part of Youth Week celebrations (May 4 to 10), the InterLINK group of libraries has launched a Design-a-Bookmark contest for kids ages 13 to 18. Winners will have their design produced as bookmarks for the InterLINK system and get a cash prize, as well. A committee of youth librarians developed the idea.

Library teaches parent about raising readers (Oak Bay News, Victoria, BC - Feb. 20, 2002)
Two teachers from a local elementary school have been asked to host a workshop at the Oak Bay library called Raising Readers, in which they will help parents learn about the tools available to teach their children good reading habits. The session is being provided as a to parents asking questions about the best ways to get their kids to read.


Audiobook program silenced by cuts (News Leader, Burnaby, BC - Jan. 23, 2002)
The Liberal government's budget cuts have included the cancellation of the Audiobook Program, which has produced and distributed "talking books" for the visually impaired in the province and the rest of Canada since 1974. George Abbott, Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services gave as the reason for the phasing out the program (which costs $285,000 per year to operate) in 2003, "thousands of audiobooks are produced commercially and are readily available, ". Over 200 Burnaby residents and over 5,600 in the province use the program. Only the blind and those with an impairment that does not allow them to read conventional printed books can access the materials.

Cuts silence audiobooks (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Jan. 27, 2002)
Profile of avid audiobook user Elizabeth Nash. Nash describes the program as a "lifeline" for the visually impaired, and calls the alternate service provided by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind "not satisfactory". She also notes that the BC program features BC authors' works and unabridged versions of books. Nash remembers when the NDP tried to cut the program in 1998, then opposition leader Gordon Campbell said this would never happen under a Liberal government.

Audiobooks aid 'quality of life' (News Leader, Burnaby, BC - Jan. 27, 2002)
Article about Audiobook Program cuts. Burnaby Public Library chief librarian Paul Whitney notes that BC was the only province in Canada to produce English-language audiobooks. He also states that the library will have to come up with an additional $50,000 to keep the same level of service for its visually impaired patrons. Audiobook user Maralyn Rushton says the service provides "quality of life" for many who are dealing with loneliness due to their impairment.

Audiobooks feel the pain of cost-cutting axe (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Jan. 29, 2002)
Article about Audiobook Program cuts focussing on the availability of recorded books from other sources. While many titles are available from commercial vendors, they can be expensive, especially the longer, unabridged formats. But Dr. Bruce Andrews, the blind chair of the Greater Victoria Public Library board, says the move was inevitable given the expanded market for literature on audio tapes. "This same issue came up [in 1998] and there was a great furore, and a warranted one because we still didn't have access to many titles," says Andrews, "but now that audiobooks have been discovered by commuters, the number of titles are increasing by the double digits every year. That bodes well for everyone."

Few unabridged textbooks (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Feb. 16, 2002)
Response to the above article from Rosemary Kavanaugh, vice-president of the CNIB: Kavanaugh argues that there are, in fact, very few unabridged audiobooks available, and even the 21,000 taped booked for loan by Victoria libraries pales compared to the 750,000 available to sighted users. She calls the loss of the 200 titles produced a year by the BC Public Library Services "a great blow" to the print-disabled.

Campaign to save lifeline for blind (The Province, Vancouver, BC - Feb. 7, 2002)
A letter-writing campaign has been launched to save the Audiobook Program scheduled for termination under the Liberal's budget-cuts.

Audiobooks program gets a boost from library system (The Daily News, Kamloops, BC - Feb. 15, 2002)
The Thompson-Nicola Library System will pick up about half of the estimated $16,000 cost of purchasing 200 new audiobook titles a year, now that the provincial government has announced they will discontinue the service. The local Lions Club will pitch in $2,000, while directors voted to spend $8,000 next year, despite concerns that it sends a signal to the province that local municipalities are prepared to pick up any costs down-loaded to them.

Sale to bolster audiobook supply after provincial cuts nix library program (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Feb. 15, 2002)
Proceeds from the Friends of the Library's upcoming book sale will be used to purchase audiobooks for the Trail Library, now that the government has announced it will be discontinuing its Audiobook Program. The library currently has about 375 (compared to 25,000 regular print books) of its own tapes on hand, but would rely on a revolving selection of 40 or 50 titles from the province's service.

Libraries facing uncertain future (Salmon Arm Observer, Salmon Arm, BC - Jan. 23, 2002)
Article by Salmon Arm Mayor and Okanagan Regional Library Board member Colin Mayes in which he questions the role of libraries in the future given that a recent survey showed that 70 percent of patrons used the library for research, and so much research material is available over the Internet. He also asks whether a book will still be required to have a personal relationship with reading.

Group counters mayor's column (Salmon Arm Observer, Salmon Arm, BC - Feb. 6, 2002)
Friends of the Salmon Arm Library respond to Mayor Mayes' column by arguing that despite increased Internet use, book borrowing totals have also risen dramatically. The many other services provided by the library as a centre of community gathering and the fact that curling up with a nice CPU doesn't sound very cozy or practical also support the writer's feeling that neither libraries nor books are going away any time soon, if at all.

Many library users won't pay to park (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Jan. 23, 2002)
Letter to the editor from former Richmond Public Library chair Colleen Chambers in which she points out the possible negative ramifications of a new city council measure which will introduce pay parking around Richmond's main library branch.

Book wreckers (Oak Bay News, Victoria, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
Someone has been adding personal editorial comments to some of the books at the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL), but there is little library staff can do to stop these literary vandals. "With four million items borrowed every year, we don't examine every book on its return," says GVPL chief librarian Sandra Anderson. She adds that if the damage is minor and not obscene, the books remain in circulation, but a number of books (and even one entire series of WWII books) have been marked to such an extent that they had to be taken from circulation.

Public library on verge of major changes (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Jan. 30, 2002)
The Cranbrook Public Library has elected its first board since becoming a municipal library. Among the challenges that lay ahead for the board members are establishing a new budget and replacing the current library building. The latter objective will begin with a referendum scheduled for later in the year.

Who's that librarian? (The Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Jan. 31, 2002)
Profile of some of the Whistler Public Library staff: Suzanne Thomas, Library Technician; Beverly Newell, Library Clerk; Linda Neumann, Children's Librarian; Adrienne Leatherdale, Library Assistant, and student shelvers Jennifer Pringle and Kimberely Fenwick.

Love that library (The Now, Surrey, BC - Feb. 2, 2002)
Surrey mayor Doug McCallum has declared February Love My Library Month. Throughout the month, all eight Surrey library branches will be offering special activities for kids and adults, book displays and prize draws.

PMPL seeks input on web site (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Feb. 2, 2002)
The Port Moody Public Library will be redesigning its web site and it would like the input of patrons of different ages to help determine what the new site should include. The library would like to put together a focus group to that end. "Web sites are more than just information on a page," said chief librarian Diana Guinn. "We see our web site as a virtual branch."

Voices from the East (The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Feb. 6, 2002)
The public library will be organizing a special event to celebrate Chinese New Year. Guest speakers will discuss Chinese history, customs, art and music. Traditional Chinese food and tea will also be served.

Library featured in national magazine article on small town facilities (Bridge River-Lillooet News, Lillooet, BC - Feb. 13, 2002)
The Lillooet Public Library was recently featured in an article in the Canadian Library Association publication, Feliciter. The three-page piece spoke highly of the community and library, which was chosen for the article as a representative of small libraries in the province.

Loss felt (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Feb. 14, 2002)
Creston Library board chair Lawrence Lavender remembers library advocate Alan Wilson who died of cancer on Saturday at the age of 52.

New Coquitlam library director sees exciting challenges (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam, BC - Feb. 16, 2002)
Profile of new Coquitlam library director Karen Harrison. Harrison says she is impressed with the number of people who use the various library branches, and commends the library staff for their efforts. But she admits that budget problems are looming, as are space issues. Providing books in languages other than English, to meet the needs of the community's multicultural makeup, will also be a challenge. Harrison is the fourth director the library has had in the last two years, but she says she plans on staying.

Businesses recognized for cultural diversity (The Leader, Surrey, BC - Feb. 17, 2002)
The Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on Feb. 13. Among the winners was the Strawberry Hill Branch of the Surrey Public Library, which won the Not-for-Profit General award. The branch features a multi-lingual reading room, ESL materials and Punjabi-speaking staff members.

Library automation may prevent injuries (Okanagan Sunday, Kelowna, BC - Feb. 24, 2002)
Starting this fall, four branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will offer patrons the ability to sign out their own books when self-operated check-out machines (similar to ATMs) are installed. The goal is to cut down on check-out line-ups, but there may be another benefit - the units may cut down the number of employees with Repetitive Stress Injuries. The pilot project will be evaluated next year, with machines possibly added to other branches


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