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The Big Picture

Canada - Library photocopiers no copyright violation (Alberni Valley Times, Port Alberni BC, 3/5/2004)
According to a 9-0 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada, libraries that allow patrons to photocopy their holdings are not automatically violating copyright law.  The Mar. 4 ruling rejected a claim that The Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body for Ontario lawyers, was breaking the law by providing photocopy services at its Toronto library.  Three companies who produce reports on court judgments and related material brought the suit, claiming the copying infringed on their copyrights.  The ruling clarifies some important points of law that will have effects beyond the immediate case, including public libraries who allow photocopying by patrons.  The court stipulated that the copies should only be made for legitimate research and that institutions should take reasonable steps to ensure the law is obeyed.

Literacy Events

Breakfast of Champions to promote family literacy (Prince George This Week, Prince George BC, 1/18/2004)
The Third Annual Breakfast of Reading Champions, and this year's theme - Be A Champion - Read, will coincide with National Literacy Day on Jan. 25.  Besides the all-important morning meal, the event will include addresses from Prince George's mayor and local MLA, the Honourable Shirley Bond.  And while the kids are off at any number of activities, adults can listen to Prince George Public Library's children's co-ordinator Marie Kelly speak about furthering family literacy.  The event has been a sell-out in the last two years, and Kelly expects the same this year.

Munching with Munsch (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 1/19/2004)
Celebrate Family Literacy Day at the Cranbrook Public Library on Jan. 27 with the staff from the library and the Family Literacy Committee, who will be performing stories by Robert Munsch.  Pre-registration required.

Library activities will encourage reading (100 Mile House Free Press, 100 Mile House BC, 1/21/2004)
Story readings, literacy displays and free bookmarks are all part of the Family Literacy Day celebrations at the 100 Mile House Branch of the Cariboo Regional District Library.  There will be five sets of readings of the works of Canadian children's author Robert Munsch, who is also honorary chairman of the 2004 nation-wide event.

Author reads for literacy week (The Powell River Peak, Powell River BC, 1/21/2004)
As part of its Family Literacy Week celebrations, the Powell River Municipal Library will be hosting a reading by award-winning author John Gould, whose book, Kilter: 55 short stories, was nominated for the Giller prize.  The reading is sponsored by the library and province of BC.

Beaver Valley Library living it up for Literacy Day (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 1/26/2004)
Tuesday's Family Literacy Day events at the Beaver Valley Public Library will include early evening activities such as a puppet show, face painting and a door prize.  This is a free event.

Literacy Day (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek BC, 1/28/2004)
Photo with caption:  A local grade 12 student celebrates Family Literacy Day by spending the afternoon reading at the library.

Library briefs:  Successful Family Literacy Day (Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd BC, 1/30/2004)
Despite -40 degree weather, many brave souls ventured out to the Chetwynd Public Library to mark Family Literacy Day.  Activities included a  workshop with author Susan Munzer.

Many ways to promote a love of books, reading (Royal City Record, New Westminster BC, 1/31/2004)
While Family Literacy Day is being marked at the end of January, the New Westminster Public Library considers every day an opportunity to promote literacy.  To that end, the library offers a myriad of programs that run all year round for everyone from babies to pre-schoolers.  The library also has a number of books designed to help parents get their kids interested in reading.

Literacy Week wraps up today with big read-in (The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver BC, 1/31/2004)
Family Literacy Week will come to a close with a wrap-up at the Vancouver Public Library that will give kids and their parents a chance to meet three popular children's authors, Sarah Ellis, Avis Harley and Dianna Bonder.  The event, combined with "Write on!  A Festival for Readers and Writers", is a celebration of reading and learning, according to  Literacy BC director Jean Rasmussen.  The events aim to involve children and their families in fighting illiteracy.  About 40 per cent of Canadian adults have some difficulty reading, writing and using numbers.

A thousand words paint literacy picture (Oliver Chronicle, Oliver BC, 2/4/2004)
The Oliver Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library was packed with over 300 people who came throughout the day to help celebrate Family Literacy Day.  Students were bussed in from local schools, and well-known adults such as Mayor Linda Larson and members of the Osoyoos Storm hockey team were on hand to read to the kids.  Prizes were also handed out for the Literacy Day competition, which asked kids to reflect on what inspired them to read.

Whistler Library celebrates Freedom to Read Week (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 2/26/2004)
Each year the Canada Book and Periodical Council sponsors Freedom To Read Week, this year taking place from Feb. 22 to 28.  The observance is designed to highlight issues of censorship and intellectual freedom pertaining to literature.  The list of books that have been banned or challenged is extensive, and even the Whistler Public Library has had some of its collection challenged by patrons (in each case the books were examined and ultimately kept on the shelves).  The library will mark Freedom To Read Week with a display of challenged books and information.

Literary liberty at library (The Gazette, Grand Forks BC, 2/18/2004)
The highlight of Grand Forks & District Public Library's Freedom to Read Week events will be an appearance from local author Ron Walker, who will read from his book I Declare, a hilarious and fascinating chronicle of his 28 years as a customs inspector.   Other readings will include passages from an assortment of books that have been banned at some point in history.

Wanted:  Overdue library books! (Creston Valley Advance, Creston BC, 2/26/2004)
As part of its Freedom to Read Week celebration, the Creston Public Library is holding Amnesty Days on Feb. 27 and 28.  Fines on overdue books (except those that have gone to accounts in collection) will be waived if books are brought in during the amnesty.

Author Readings

Patriarchs' Poetry (The Prince George Free Press, Prince George BC, 2/4/2004)
The Prince George Public Library is hosting a book launch on Feb. 10 for the new poetry anthology This Ain't Your Patriarchs' Poetry Book:  Connections, Candles, Comrades.  The eclectic mix of poetry, rants, prose and testimony has a decidedly northern slant, with 10 of the 12 contributors living in Northern BC.  A number of the authors will be on hand to read and sign copies of their book.

Library presents author Joe Roberts on youth drug and alcohol addiction (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 2/11/2004)
One-time street person and substance abuser Joe Roberts will be speaking at the Coquitlam Public Library about his amazing transformation into CEO and founder of the Courage to Change Foundation, and author of the book Fred the Cat - the Eyes and Soul of an Addict.  Roberts now dedicates his life to speaking to young people about drug and alcohol abuse through his program called "Don't Buy the Lie About Getting High."

From "Around Gibsons" column (Coast Reporter, Sechelt BC, 2/14/2004)
Colleen Fuller, health policy advisor and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives research associate and author of the book Caring for Profit, will be speaking at the Gibsons Public Library on Feb. 18 about the effects of Bill 92 (the Medicare Protection Amendment Act).

Author will talk about travels in Syria at Fox library event (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam BC, 3/10/2004)
On March 24, the Terry Fox Library (aka the Port Coquitlam branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library) will be presenting a slide show, discussion and book reading by Heather Burles.  Burles, the author of Smouldering Incense, Hammered Brass, will talk about her experiences travelling alone through Syria.

Author Chong speaking at library (Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo BC, 3/11/2004)
Author of The Concubine's Daughter, Denis Chong, will be speaking at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Mar. 17.  Her appearance will help launch the library's new program and meeting room.


Web resources abound (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam BC, 2/11/2004)
Feb. 19 marks the second annual Web Awareness Day, a day when public libraries and media organizations across Canada promote Internet literacy and safety.  The Coquitlam Public Library will have pamphlets at the library listing many web awareness resources.  The library's web site offers a list of resources all year round.

Raising awareness about the 'Net (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 2/19/2004)
Parents and those who work with children are turning more and more to the public library or help in navigating the new age of information and digital literacy.  Web Awareness Day is a day that highlights how libraries can assist, using the theme "Parenting the Net Generation" as a way to deliver the message that libraries are ready to support parents and communities.

Library involved in Web Awareness program (Nelson Daily News, Nelson BC, 2/26/2004)
The Nelson Municipal Library is proud to partner with the Canadian Library Association (CLA)  and the Media Awareness Network to mark Feb. 19 as the second annual Web Awareness Day.  CLA executive director Don Butcher has stated, "We are very proud of the leadership role that our public libraries are playing in promoting Internet literacy and we invite parents to come in and discover the practical resources that we are making available for them and children."

Workshop examines your online safety (The Abbotsford News, Abbotsford BC, 2/21/2004)
The Clearbrook branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library will be presenting a workshop called Youth, The Web and Sex on Feb. 26.  The free session,  hosted by Merlyn Horton, executive director of the Safe Online Search Society, is designed to inform, challenge and educate those concerned with the development of online youth culture.  The workshop is open to teens and parents.

Homework highway (Times-Colonist, Victoria BC, 1/26/2004)
Extensive article detailing the use of the Internet as a homework resource tool for kids.  The Greater Victoria Public Library website is listed as a recommended site for finding reputable homework resources.

Coquitlam Library turns one computer into six (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 2/14/2004)
Made-in-Canada technology has allowed the Coquitlam Public Library to replace all its public access computers with DiscoverStations, allowing six users to share a single computer box.  The cutting-edge technology, developed by Useful of Calgary, gives each user access to the Internet, a suite of software and a printer, but all the user sees is a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse.  Library director Karen Harrison says this was a great way to replace the library's aging computers, and that DiscoverStations addressed problems such as preventing network misuse, protecting children online, assuring patron privacy and controlling costs.  The integrated support of Chinese and other languages was also a feature that was of particular relevance to Coquitlam.

Budgets & Finances

Tough budget choices to be made (Daily News, Prince Rupert BC, 1/16/2004)
Details of City of Prince Rupert 2004 budget, including departmental and cultural and recreation services.  Under "Library" section:  The Prince Rupert Public Library received the 2004 budget requested by the library board, including a $31,800 increase over 2003, for a total funding amount of $599,800.  Despite a downturn in the economy, the library has continued to see increased use, and the library board feels that it is in these times of economic downturns that people need library services the most.

Library battle continues (Alberni Valley Times, Port Alberni BC, 2/12/2004)
A one-year lease has been offered to the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) for the operation of its Port Alberni branch.  The cost is about 2 per cent over the previous year, partly due to the short-term lease, a decision made by VIRL in light of actions taken by the Alberni Clayquot Regional District (ACRD), whose regional directors had complained of high assessments in their electoral areas, leading some to consider pulling out of the library system.  In particular, the director for Sproat Lake had argued in November that his residents currently pay $40 more per year than the annual $150 non-resident fee VIRL had set.  Since that time, a legal opinion had been sought on the issue, and it was determined that the Library Act would not allow a portion of a regional district to opt out of the program.  Despite this opinion, the VIRL hopes to make some changes to it fee structures that would discourage withdrawal, raising the non-resident fee to $200 annually and the non-resident fee for those living in an area that had withdrawn from the library service to $500.  VIRL will seek a legal opinion before adopting the new fees.

Loonie's rise good news for regional libraries (Okanagan Sunday, Kelowna BC, 2/15/2004)
A 20 per cent increase in the value of the Canadian dollar has meant that the Okanagan Regional Library's $1.7 million annual book budget has been able to purchase about 110,000 items instead of the usual 90,000.  It's really the first time our overall collection has grown significantly in several years," says executive director Lesley Dieno.  Each year acquisitions are offset by about 90,000 discarded materials.  The library has a current collection of about 650,000 items.

Library asks Taylor for funds (Alaska Highway News, Fort St. John BC, 2/18/2004)
Two members of the Fort St. John Public Library, including board chair Lance Ollenberger, presented the annual budget to the District of Taylor council, hoping for a repeat of the $20,000 in funding the library received last year.  Council also brought up the issue of establishing a branch of the Fort St. John Public Library rather than creating its own, something the board members said they would be willing to discuss and offer assistance with.

Area assessments drag CRD taxes down (100 Mile House Free Press, 100 Mile House BC, 2/25/2004)
Excerpt from larger article about the effect of lower assessment values:  While the Cariboo Regional District Library system will be showing a tax increase of $65,000 region-wide, 100 Mile will pay less for library service, from $107,184 in 2003 to $100,533 this year.

Property taxes set to rise 3.6 per cent (The Prince George Citizen, Prince George BC, 3/4/2004)
Part of an extra $75,467 approved by City of Prince George council for the 2004 budget included nearly $20,000 for the Prince George Public Library to bring its materials purchase budget up to 1999 levels, and reverse the shrinking of its collection.


Victoria library deal overdue (Victoria News, Victoria BC, 2/18/2004)
Yet another due date has passed in the Greater Victoria Public Library's (GVPL) bid to move its central branch to the vacated Bay building.  City officials were awaiting a response to their proposal sent to the current property owner, but  no word had been received by the Friday 13 deadline.  City staff still hoped a deal could be salvaged by the end of the week.  No GVPL representatives commented of the situation, as the current negotiations are in the city's hands.  If an agreement in principal is reached, the deal would require the consent of the four core municipalities that have a share in the central branch, then final approval would be up to the library board.

Book closes on bid to move library (Times-Colonist, Victoria BC, 2/25/2004)
After four months of negotiations with the developer that owns the vacated Bay building, it was announced by Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe and Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) board chair John Barton that a deal could not be reached to move the central branch into the facility.  After several proposals and counterproposals, the city and library could not accept the offer from the developer which was described by GVPL chief executive officer Sandra Anderson as not up to "an acceptable standard and an acceptable cost."  Barton added that another opportunity to move into the building could be in the offing, but it would have to be with a different developer. While other developers have expressed interest in the building, the current owner has not announced his future intentions.

Library planned at rec centre (Times-Colonist, Victoria BC, 3/6/2004)
A new $3 million branch [of the Greater Victoria Public Library] is being planned as part of the District of Saanich's 2006 centennial projects.  A three-way private-public combo will finance the project, with money coming from the district, the owner of the mall in the current complex and the feds (who will hopefully kick in the largest amount at $2 million in infrastructure grants).  A resident who has been pushing for a library in the location notes that the area has the lowest library usage by children in the entire region.

Expansion considered (The Summerland Review, Summerland BC, 1/29/2004)
Summerland council has given approval for staff to begin plans for the expansion of their branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.  The $2 million project would be paid for by a combination of fundraising, rent collected by the library over a 25 year period and approx. $1 million to be borrowed.  This last portion would need the consent of taxpayers.  Counc. Carla Wright noted that in order for the project to be part of Summerland's 2006 centennial celebrations, work on the library would have to begin this year.

ORL abandons Polson Park site (The Morning Star, Vernon BC, 2/15/2004)
One of the proposed sites of a relocated Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL), at Polson Park, has been rejected after talks made it clear the that city was not interested in pursuing that location.  There had been significant protests from residents that a facility there would have adverse effects on the park.  A decision on the new branch will now have to wait until May.  It is not known if this latest delay will effect the project timeline, which had the new library opening by late 2005, but ORL board chair Carol Williams said she is still confident the target can be achieved.

Library on move (The Morning Star, Vernon BC, 2/20/2004)
The Falkland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will be moved to a new location in Mar. after the original building was sold.  The new branch, located in the old Leaf's Hardware building, will provide double the space for the branch, but it is not known if the collection will be any bigger.

Residents respond to Trail survey (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 1/30/2004)
Detail from larger story regarding results of a survey about municipality of Greater Trail issues:  79 per cent of respondents preferred renovating rather than replacing the Trail & District Public Library.

NVC council plans to tower above all - Twin 21-story towers contravene OPC, but will pay for new library (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 2/1/2004)

Plans for a new North Vancouver City library that would more than double the current 13,700 sq. ft. facility could hinge on the building of twin condo towers that would net the city a potential $17 million, more than off-setting the estimated $12 to $14 million cost of the library project.  The site would also include a day-care and new underground parking.  However, the development of the needed 380,000 sq. ft. in residential space means that the twin towers would exceed the building height permitted in the city's Official Community Plan (OCP).  If council and the public agree that the project should go ahead, the OCP would need to be amended.  Two architectural firms have started working on the library complex design.  The city hopes to begin the project in 2005.

Green library wins innovation award (The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver BC, 2/7/2004)
The new Semiahmoo branch of the Surrey Public Library has won a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) rating under the U.S. Green Building Council's building rating system.  It is the first library in Canada to do so.  Designed, built and operated with environmental sustainability in mind, the library's features extend from it's proximity to public transit and number of parking spaces, to lighting and heating/cooling considerations, to the amount of water saved by its toilets and urinals (about a million gallons a year compared to a similar building).

Library-museum options (The Penticton Herald, Penticton BC, 2/11/2004)
While it will likely be years before an update to the current Penticton library becomes a reality, chief librarian Larry Little is pleased by a recent report commissioned to examine the library-museum issues, and is hoping to see the library  included in the city's 10-year capital plan.  Little says the current library has no room for growth and would like to see the library double in size to remain viable for the next 20 to 30 years.  Barry Reid, director of parks, recreation and culture, says the next step is to explore the recommendations of the report, which varied from an expansion of the current library-museum site to the building of entirely new and separate facilities.

Library set to write whole new story (Cowichan News-Leader, Duncan BC, 2/11/2004)
The new $2.9 million, 12,800 sq. ft. Cowichan branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library is scheduled for a soft opening on Mar. 22, with the official grand opening happening on Apr. 17.

Big plans in the Valley (The Outlook, North Vancouver BC, 2/26/2004)
North Vancouver District council wants to ensure that a planned 40,000 sq. ft. library can be integrated into an ambitious 10-year development plan for the Lynn Valley area, even if the developer does not have a hand in actually building the library.  Council has not ruled out the developer's participation, but the feeling is that the library project should move ahead now, and not when the developer might have time for it.  Council  wants to see that the library is a high-grade, high-class community and cultural centre, possibly including a seniors' facility.  Construction of the library is expected to start in nine months.

Library project back on track (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 3/4/2004)
In a 5 to 2 vote, the Resort Municipality of Whistler council gave its blessing to a $7.5 million, 14,500 sq. ft. new library facility.  Plans for a new library have been in the works for years, the most recent setback coming in 2002 and 2003 when a meagre response to fundraising efforts for a joint library-museum complex stalled the capital plan.  It was resolved at that time that the idea of a separate library be pursued.  While the councillors who voted for the plan felt it was high time to get on with the project, those who objected felt that aspects of the project, such as the site selection and the large operating cost with no funding to show for it but tax roles, needed to be better spelled out.  Construction could begin next year with a target opening in 2006.

Donations & Fundraising

Aquila all for reading (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 1/20/2004)
Photo with caption:  Corey Sinclair of Aquila presents a cheque to Joy Huebert of the Trail and District Public Library.  The money will be used to support a reading festival scheduled for April.

Books for babies (The Langley Advance, Langely BC, 1/23/2004)
Photo with caption:  At a special presentation on Jan. 22, the Soroptimist International of the Langleys donated $3,035 to the Langley City branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library.  The money will purchase 3,000 Babies Love Books booklets, part of a HANDS Together program that gets information about reading into the hands of new parents.

Untitled (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 1/29/2004)
Photo with caption:  BC Hydro's Community Relations manager Diane Tammen and library board member Derryll White display some of the books purchased with $2,500 the power company donated to the Cranbrook Public Library.

Thank you (The Northerner, Fort St. John BC, 2/4/2004)
The Friends of the Fort St. John Public Library would like to thank everyone who helped the group raise $1,400 at its recent book sale, money that will be used to buy shelving for the library's children's section.

Many thanks to Mister Fritz (The Gazette, Grand Forks, BC, 2/4/2004)
A new book-drop and new shelving have been purchased with a $2,500 donation bequeathed to the Grand Forks & District Public Library by the estate of North Fork resident Adolph Fritz, who passed away in the late 1990's.  Fritz donated the sale of his home to the Phoenix Foundation, and part of the proceeds were directed to the library.

Kumon Donation (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 2/7/2004)
Photo with caption:  Deborah Duncan, children's librarian for the Coquitlam Public Library, accepts a donation of 20 new children's books from representatives of Kumon Canada.

Discover the world in Salmo (Nelson Daily News, Nelson BC, 2/11/2004)
Photo with caption:  BC Hydro is donating $1,700 to the Salmo Public Library for the purchase of a new set of World Book encyclopaedias.  The acquisition is part of the library's plan to improve resources to its 1,500 registered patrons.

Library holds auction to raise funds (Bridge River-Lillooet News, Lillooet BC, 2/18/2004)
A grant of $1,000 from the Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union has allowed the Lillooet library to purchase a new set of Britannica encyclopaedia's.  The library's old set  will be auctioned off, with proceeds going back to the library.

This is what $1,000 in books looks like (The Northerner, Fort St. John BC, 2/18/2004)
Photo with caption:  A donation of $1,000 from the Cheechako Foresters Branch has helped the Fort St. John Public Library purchase a selection of new children's reading material.

Untitled (The Now, Surrey BC, 2/21/2004)
Photo with caption:  The Semiahmoo Rotarians' annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser scared up more cash to be directed to Surrey Public Library's new Semiahmoo branch.  The local Rotary Club has committed $75,000 over the three years of the project.

Lions love literacy (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 2/27/2004)
Photo with caption:  The Beaver Valley Lions Club turns a cheque for $800 over to the Beaver Valley Public Library.

Riding it out for the library (Nelson Daily News, Nelson BC, 3/4/2004)
The Nelson and District Riding Club continued a 20-year tradition by donating another set of equestrian related books to the Nelson Municipal Library.

Ester and Ben (Richmond News, Richmond BC, 3/6/2004)
Photo with caption:  Esther and Ben Dayson were recently honoured at the Richmond Public Library for the generous donation of their Judaic book collection and $50,000.

Farewell to good books, a grand home and great lady (Times-Colonist, Victoria BC, 3/12/2004)
While the closing of the long-established Victoria book store Poor Richard's Books is a sad occasion for some, the Greater Victoria Public Library will benefit when the remaining book store stock is donated to the library for use in its upcoming spring sale.

Children's Corner

Reading Raindrops resumes program (Daily News, Prince Rupert BC, 1/23/2004)
After a holiday season hiatus, the Prince Rupert Public Library's Raindrop Readers program gets under way again.  The program teams teen volunteers with younger kids who want to improve their reading skills.  The tutors go through a training session and must submit to a criminals records check.

Library shares stories (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge BC, 1/30/2004)
Feb. 9 will see the wrap-up of the successful 10-week Share the Stories program, a lively session of stories, songs and puppet performances to be shared by children and their caregivers.  Each child that participants receives a book, bookmark and certificate.  The final session will feature the Russian folktale The Snow Maiden.  Funding was provided by Coca Cola Canada and facilitated by ABC Canada Literacy foundation.

Susan Munzer:  making stories come alive (Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd BC, 1/30/2004)
Author Susan Munzer (Learn to Play - Play to Learn) recently gave a day-long workshop at the Chetwynd Public Library.  Munzer's take on child development is that if children are given more meaningful toys to play with (and watch less TV), they will better learn the qualities of mental quickness, self-esteem and self control - and this will aid them all through their lives.  Munzer has been giving similar workshops in the Lower Mainland for 15 years.

Book lovers (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 2/6/2004)
Two young patrons check out the children's section a the West Vancouver Memorial Library in anticipation of the library's Valentine's Day program called Heart to Heart, an hour of stories and crafts for kids from age six to nine.  Registration required.

Libraries looking for teen designs for bookmarks (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 2/7/2004)
The Public Library InterLINK family of libraries in the Lower Mainland is again launching its annual teen bookmark contest, this year called Make Your Mark.  Open to kids from age 13 to 18, the contest will award cash prizes to six regional winners, who will also have their designs distributed in public libraries throughout their respective areas.

'Seussentennial' celebrated at local libraries (Aldergrove Star, Aldergrove BC, 2/26/2004)
Next Tuesday marks the 100th birthday of the late Theodore Seuss Geisel, better to around the world as legendary children's book author Dr. Seuss.  To mark the occasion, the Fraser Valley Regional Library will be presenting children's entertainer Martin Kelly, who will be visiting 10 branches and offering programs of readings and Suess-related activates.  Geisel's first book, And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was published in 1937, his last, Oh, the Places You'll Go, came out in 1990, a year before his death.

Library briefs:  Hellooooo Babies - It's your party! (Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd BC, 3/5/2004)
Calling all babies born between Jan. 1, 2003, and Feb. 29, 2004.  On Mar. 10 the Chetwynd Public Library will be holding a special party for tots, their siblings and their caregivers as a way to introduce them to all the library has to offer and ensure they have a good start on the road to literacy.  Clowns, songs, cake, stories and even the mayor and some council members are scheduled to attend this event in honour of "Budding Baby Bookworms."

Cards for kids (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 3/6/2004)
Photo with caption:  Students from Glen elementary school, along with their principal and the Coquitlam Public Library children's librarian, pose with their new public library cards.  The school wants to ensure every kid has their own card.  So far 150 cards have been issued to Glen students.

Here there be dragons! (Esquimalt News, Victoria BC, 3/10/2004)
Both staff and patrons are happy with the new edition to the Children's' section of the Esquimalt branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, a serpentine dragon that peers into the area, painted by local artist Mario Labonte.  Head of the Esquimalt branch, Cheryl Osborn, says the artwork adds a touch of magic and mystery to the library, something that kids really respond to.  The library is even offering a Name the Dragon contest for kids 12 and under.  The winner will receive hockey tickets and signed print of the artwork.

Around the Province

Fernie library membership growing in leaps and bounds (The Free Press, Fernie BC, 1/14/2004)
A banner year saw 2003 membership figures go up by 830 at the Fernie Public Library.  Eighty per cent of those were city residents.  These number have also impacted circulation, which increased after two years of slow decline.  Board chair Darren Harrold credits the rise in activity to a funding increase from the city that allowed the library to stay open an addition day each week.

City gets high marks for customer service (Royal City Record, New Westminster BC, 1/17/2004)
An Ipsos Reid survey about life in New Westminster showed that 89 per cent of respondents considered library services important to very important, and the eleventh most important city service overall.  The top mark went to police services at 99 per cent, followed closely by fire and rescue services at 98 per cent.  Library services finished just behind communication with city residents at 90 per cent.

Derryll White resigns from library board (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 1/22/2004)
Library board chair and long-time supporter of the Cranbrook Municipal Library announced he would step down from the library board.  In an address to council White said, "It has been my pleasure to serve the City of Cranbrook and the board of the Cranbrook Municipal Library.  I have enjoyed my extended time on the board."  White was in place as chair when the library made the move from an association to municipal model, which White says has helped the relationship between the library board and the city.

February is Library Month, literally (The Now, Surrey BC, 1/28/2004)
Library board chair Alex Dantzer says that the Surrey Public Library's February celebration "I love My Library Month" is a great opportunity for library staff to say thank you to its patrons.  Activities will include children's storytimes, customer appreciation teas and prize draws.

New page for library (News Leader, Burnaby BC, 1/31/2004)
As someone who grew up believing that if you could read, you could do anything, Burnaby Public Library's (BPL) new chief librarian Edel Toner-Rogala is impressed with the depth and quality of the library collection she now overseas.  But she is even more impressed with the staff's commitment of serving the public, many of whom seem to share her view of the importance of the written word.  Now at her new post for four months (after the move from Prince George's chief librarian job), Toner-Rogala says she sees no need to put her own stamp on the BPL, but will simply oversee "tweaking" as needed to do the best job possible.  Part of that attitude will include a number of open houses that Toner-Rogala will host at the four BPL branches throughout Feb.  "It's important to hear from the public about how the library can serve people better," she says.

Library may lose discount (Peninsula News Review, Sidney BC, 2/4/2004)
Sharon Walker, head of the Sidney branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is impressed by the fact that over 1,300 patrons have signed a petition the VIRL is circulating among its branches to protest Canada Post's potential cancellation of (and modification to) what is known as the Library Book Rate (LBR).  The LBR is a special rate libraries get to send printed material between their branches.  The Sidney branch sends about 670 items per week to other VIRL outlets.  The petition seeks to make the government see the importance of the program, and hopes to expand the service to other library formats that were not even in existence when the LBR came into effect in 1939.  Throughout Canada, an estimated 1269 library systems ship almost 2,700,000 packages a year.  The Dept. of Canada Heritage and Canada Post will be negotiating the LBR between Apr. and Sept.

The issue / Where it's at [letter / response] (The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver BC, 2/5/2004)
Letter:  A patron of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL)  is "horrified" that the library's new reserved book pick-up system has the hold books on display and identifies the holder by name.  The writer is concerned that this is a cost-cutting measure that sacrifices personal privacy.  Response:  Terry Carr, public service manager, circulation, VPL, notes that VPL is one of the last libraries in the Lower Mainland to adopt the system, which streamlines the check-out process.  Carr also notes that only the spine of the book is exposed, with the title covered by the reserve notice.  But Carr acknowledges that there have been similar concerns raised by other patrons, and that the library is considering various options that address those concerns.

Help needed to shape library's future (Nelson Daily News, Nelson BC, 2/10/2004)
The Nelson Municipal Library is looking for a few good men and women to help shape the future of the library by joining the library board.  Board members are responsible for everything from creating the library's strategic plan to negotiating and approving union contracts for staff.  The board has chosen the theme "The Library of the Future" for 2004, with the goal of raising the library's profile in the community.  Another board project includes the continued investigation of creating a Kootenay Library Federation.

New librarian brimming with ideas (The Prince George Citizen, Prince George BC, 2/12/2004)
Allan Wilson, the new chief librarian at the Prince George Public Library, is a strong believer in the library acting as a central institution in the community.  And while Wilson (who came from the same post in Prince Rupert) calls his new library home "a good library with good staff and a fairly good collection", he admits that the library does not meet all the community's needs.  Wilson would like to see the audio book, DVD and CD collections improved, and will also work to reach out to rural areas where literacy is a problem.  To that end he would like to investigate a long-term book mobile program.  And to catch the attention of urban non-library users, Wilson is planning a library kiosk in a shopping mall that would allow patrons to return books, search on-line databases and provide community information.

Pemberton library's 25th birthday party planned (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 2/12/2004)
On Feb. 13 the Pemberton Public Library will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at an evening event attended by many past and present board members and staff, and Maureen Woods, Director of Public Library Services.  Pemberton's library story begins in the mid-1970s, when the population was about 350.  The official library opened in Feb. of 1979.  Librarian Janet Naylor, who has been with the library since its inception, says that library use increased in 2003 by 20 percent over the previous years, which shows just how vital the library remains.  The evening will also be used to thank those who have supported the library over the years, either financially or as volunteers, plus there will be a special grand opening of the new 600 sq. ft. addition to the facility.

More books, more hours wanted (The Hope Standard, Hope BC, 2/12/2004)
The results of a recent survey presented to council showed that Hope, Boston Bar and Yale [branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library] library patrons wanted to see Sunday openings, extended hours, newer materials and changes to borrowing times of in-demand releases.

Family top readers in library challenge (The Prince George Citizen, Prince George BC, 2/13/2004)
With an impressive tally of 357 books checked out in the month of January, a Prince George family has won the second annual Great Northern Reading Challenge.  Nahum and Shelly Ip, who checked out the majority of the books for two of their children, aged 3 and 5, said both their kids just love to read.  Fraser Lake won the top town honours, with 113 families signing out books from a population base of 1,267.  This proportionally weighted category would have meant that about 7,000 families in Prince George would have needed to participate, well below the actual number of 224.  Other communities competing were Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Quesnel, Vanderhoof and Burns Lake.

RDEK to hold series of public meetings (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 2/16/2004)
A series of town hall meetings held by the Regional District of East Kootenay will include a meeting in Area C (rural Cranbrook) where an update on the library situation will be provided, including the work being done by the Library Review Committee.

Three winners named for history award (The Prince George Citizen, Prince George BC, 2/17/2004)
The Prince George Public Library has handed out its 2004 Jeanne Clarke History Awards.  Jeanne Anderson and Claire Willis received the service award for their work documenting interviews for the Prince George Oral History Group.  Bernard McKay, author of Crooked River Rats and Wild Trails, Wild Tales, won the publication award.

Program preserves published work (The Powell River Peak, Powell River BC, 2/18/2004)
A new program at the Powell River Municipal Library hopes to preserve Powell River's culture.  The library is beginning a depository program much like the Legal Depository Program of the National Library of Canada.  But where that depository is a mandatory part of any publishing venture, the Powell River version will rely on the volunteer participation of local authors, musicians, filmmakers and artists, individuals the library hopes will donate a copy of their work to the collection to "create a comprehensive record of our artists and their accomplishments."

Popular books on the fast track (The Morning Star, Vernon BC, 2/22/2004)
The new QuickRead collection now available at 20 branches of the Okanagan Regional Library hopes to get popular best-sellers into the hands of eager readers faster.  The program involves purchasing extra copies of the books, which have a borrowing period of only one week and $1 a day fines for late returns.  But no holds can be placed and the books cannot be renewed.  Copies of new titles will continue to be purchased for the regular book collection, with all the standard loan policies.

Trail library polls users (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 2/27/2004)
Results of a recent poll of Trail library users will assist the Trail & District Public Library board during its upcoming strategic planning meeting in April.  The survey showed that while most still came to the library to borrow books, videos or CDs, high priorities also included information services, Internet access and Interlibrary Loan programs.  Librarian Joy Huebert says she is already acting on some of the suggestions that identify the community's needs, such as improving the health and travel sections, and buying more children's materials.

Dictionary - a tribute to past librarian (The Gazette, Grand Forks, BC, 3/3/2004)
Library staff were saddened to hear of the passing of Monica Simcox, who was the librarian at the Grand Forks & District Public Library from 1977 to 1988.  Monica will be remembered as a strong, vibrant supporter of the library.  The library is accepting donations that will be used to buy a new reference dictionary in Monica's memory.

Coeur d' Alene retakes library title (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 3/4/2004)
Cranbrook readers have been narrowly defeated by sister city Coeur d' Alene in the most recent Sister City Reading Challenge.  Cranbrook posted  21,508 items read, compared with Coeur d' Alene's 23,321.  Library assistant Michele Wilson called this year's race very exciting and credited local school participation as a big factor in the number posted.  The Cranbrook Public Library has held the event since 1997, with a one year hiatus in 1999.  Cranbrook has won the challenge four times, and Coeur d' Alene now has three victories.

Sex book angers mom (The Penticton Herald, Penticton BC, 3/11/2004)
A local mother has made the Penticton Public Library off-limits to her 10-year old daughter after the child brought home a sex education book called All The Way:  Sex for the First Time. The mother, who called the book "pornographic" because it included a page depicting jointed wooden dummies in sex positions, wonders how a child of that age could borrow this material.  But chief librarian Larry Little defends the book and the library's policy, saying that the author is a respected health educator, and that parents are ultimately responsible for what their kids borrow from the library.  Little adds that the mother in this case wants the library to censor what her child reads, and that is simply not going to happen.

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