Author at city library (Langley Times, Langley, BC - Mar. 5, 2003)
The Langley City Library will be hosting a book reading by BC writer and book designer Barbara Hodgson on Mar. 18.  Hodgson is the author of three novels, the co-author of a fictional guide book and has also written a number of non-fiction works, including her latest, No Place for a Lady, an overview of women's travel at the turn of the 20th century.

Author reading (Terrace Standard, Terrace, BC - Mar. 5, 2003)
On Mar. 8, the Terrace Public Library will be presenting an appearance by acclaimed crime writer John Brady.  Brady, who was raised in Ireland but came to Canada in 1980, has penned seven police procedurals set in Dublin and featuring the character Inspector Matt Monogue.  His latest is called Wonderland.

Wildfire author comes to Sechelt (Coast Reporter, Sechelt, BC - Mar. 9, 2003)
BC author Keith Keller will be reading from his new book, Wildfire Wars; Frontline Stories of B.C.'s Worst Forest Fires, at the Sechelt Public Library on Mar. 12.  The book tells the stories of 10 of the province's most memorable forest fires, including accounts from the firefighters who fought the blazes.  This is a free event sponsored by the Public Library Services.

Author readings ongoing at library (Parksville/Qualicum Beach News, Parksville, BC - Mar. 18, 2003)
Mystery author James Hawkins and romance novelist Gail Crease (aka Gail Whitiker) are two of the authors being presented as part of the Parksville Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library's spring-time author reading series.  Supplies of the writers' works will be on hand for purchase at the readings.

Novelist Gail Anderson-Dargatz to speak at library (Peninsula News Review, Sidney, BC - Mar. 19, 2003)
Best-selling BC author Gail Anderson-Dargatz will be speaking about her new novel, A Rhinestone Button, and the writing process in general at the Sidney/North Saanich Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Mar. 20.  The free program is sponsored by Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services' Writers in Libraries Program.

Kluckner brings personal history to Terry Fox library (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Mar. 26, 2003)
Writer-artist-historian Michael Kluckner will present a slide show, titled Vanishing British Columbia: Old Buildings and Historical Places, at the Terry Fox Branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library on Apr. 9.  The award-winning author's books include Canada:  A Journey of Discovery.

Children's author at library today (Campbell River Mirror, Campbell River, BC - Mar. 26, 2003)
On Mar. 26, the Campbell River Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library will host a reading by local children's author Dayle Campbell Gaetz.  Gaetz' 1996 book, The Golden Rose, was nominated for several literary prizes.

Author returns to Ladner for launch of his latest book (Delta Optimist, Delta, BC - Mar. 29, 2003)
Ladner-born author Tim Bowling will be reading from his latest collection of poems, titled The Witness Ghost, at the Ladner Library on Apr. 3.

Three local authors read at library (Interior News, Smithers, BC - Apr. 2, 2003)
The Smithers Public Library will be offering a mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction when three local authors - Tom Buri, Susan Juby and Walter Hromatka -  read from their works on Apr. 4.

"Nose" author in PM (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Apr. 2, 2003)
Mr. Christie Book Award-winner Richard Scrimger will be appearing at the Inlet Theatre tonight, a visit sponsored by the Port Moody Public Library.  Scrimger's humorous children's books include The Nose from Jupiter and Noses are Red.

Eminent writer reads (The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Apr. 9, 2003)
Internationally known and celebrated novelist, poet, essayist and teacher Robert Kroetsch will be visiting town for a reading at the Powell River District Public Library on Apr. 17.  The author's latest work is The Hornbooks of Rita K.

Children's author coming to library (Penticton Herald, Penticton, BC - Apr. 15, 2003)
The Penticton Public Library is hosting a visit from popular children's author Linda Bailey on Apr. 22.  Bailey's Adventures in the Middle Ages has been nominated for this year's Red Cedar Book Award in the non-fiction category.

The long lost fruits of labour (Nelson Daily News, Nelson, BC - Apr. 16, 2003)
A booklaunch for a new book by first-time author Joan Lang will be held at the Nelson Municipal Library on Apr. 22.  Lang's Lost Orchards: Vanishing Fruit Farms of the West Kootenay is the story of the rise and demise of the fruit industry in the region.  The event will include a discussion by Lang, a book-signing, door-prizes and refreshments.  The evening is sponsored by the Nelson & District Museum, Archives, Art Gallery and Historical Society and the library.  Admission is $3.00.

Nearly 250 attend library's Des Kennedy presentation (Peace River Block News, Dawson Creek, BC - Apr. 16, 2003)
As part of the Dawson Creek Public Library's on-going "Books in Bloom" event, nearly 250 people packed the library to hear well-known gardening guru Des Kennedy talk about his books, experiences and offer gardening tips.  The evening was a joint effort between the library, the horticultural society and the city.

Visiting author:  Munro on Munro (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Apr. 17, 2003)
On April 29 author Sheila Munro will be at the Beaver Valley Library to talk about her new book, Lives of Mothers & Daughters:  Growing up with Alice Munroe.  Another reading is scheduled for May 22 with David Perrin, author of Don't Turn You Back In the Barn.


GVPL starts new cyber book club (Saanich News, Victoria, BC - Feb. 26, 2003)
The Greater Victoria Public Library's (GVPL) new online book club is using the computer to lure readers out of cyberspace.  When patrons sign up for the e-mail service, they are sent one chapter of a book each day for a week.  The catch is that if they want to find out how the book turns out, they have to borrow it from the library.  GVPL's Susan Henderson hopes that by getting busy computer users hooked on the story, they will make time to actually seek out the book.  Subscribers can choose from 10 categories of reads and there is a separate section for teens.  The program is a US-based service that costs the library $800 (US) a year and is offered free to patrons.  In the last two years over 4000 libraries in North America have chosen to offer the service.

Upgrade your technical skills on the 'Net (Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Mar. 13, 2003)
The Whistler Public Library has partnered with Serebra Learning Corp. to offer access to courses in Information Technology, PC End User, Professional Development and Certification packages.  All courseware has met stringent "Best of Class" approval standards and are available in online versions (costing from $20 to $60) or CD-ROM format (averaging around $100).  The library will receive a percentage of all sales.  Visit the library website and click on Online Learning Centre for free samples.

Library provides online access to hundreds of extras (Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC - Apr. 2, 2003)
Article describing the EBSCO online service provided by the Salt Spring Island Public Library, which allows library patrons to access thousands of full-text magazine articles at the library's terminals or from their homes.  The piece also includes step-by-step instructions on using the service.

Local libraries to celebrate Web week (Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC - Apr. 16, 2003)
The more than 30 branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library will be declaring Apr. 28 to May 4 More Than Just the Internet Week.  The week-long event is designed to introduce patrons to the variety of electronic resources offered throughout the library system.  All branches will offer guides and introductory brochures with information about online databases, subscription services and more.  One-on-one training will also be available.


Photo with no caption (Interior News, Smithers, BC - Feb. 19, 2003)
A Smithers Rotary Club representative presents a cheque for $500 to the Smithers Friends of the Library chairperson.  The funds will be used for book purchases and information system upgrades.

'Imagination' gala to benefit library, museum (Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Mar. 13, 2003)
Imagination 2003! is a gala fundraiser benefiting the Whistler Library and Museum capital campaign.  Each $125 ticket includes reception, four-course dinner, specialty wines, silent auction and more, all at the Westin Resort and Spa.  Auction items include a set of gilt-edged Harry Potter books signed by the author and tickets to the Vicki Gabereau show and lunch with the host.

Bargains for bookworms... (The Record, Burnaby, BC - Mar. 16, 2003)
The recent New Westminster Public Library book sale raised a record $8,900 - $2,000 more than any previous sale.

Library receives donation (Lakes District News, Burns Lake, BC - Mar. 19, 2003)
Two donations to the Burns Lake Public Library, one from the Burns Lake Rotary Club for $942 and another from the Off Highway Truckers Fund for $500, will be used to purchase a transaction tracker for the library.

$11,000 raised at book sale (Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC - Mar. 25, 2003)
The line-up began before the annual Friends of the Library (for the Comox Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library) book sale started at 9:30 on Friday morning.  By the time the sale closed up shop on Sunday, more than $11,000 of books, magazines, records and audio and video tapes had been scooped up by people of all ages.  Sale coordinator Leslie Brundage expressed her gratitude to the public and the managers and merchants of the Comox Centre Mall who provided the venue for the sale.  The funds raised will be used to improve library resources used by the public.

Big book bonanza (Oliver Chronicle, Oliver, BC - Mar. 26, 2003)
Photo with caption: The "big books" purchased by the Oliver Lions Club for use at the Oliver Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library make storytimes much more enjoyable as kids are better able to see the bold print and large characters.

Library gala features 007 (Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC - Apr. 2, 2003)
The theme for the Prince George Public Library's sixth annual gala fundraiser is "For Your Eyes Only:  Bond at the Library".  "This is one of the major events the public library holds each year to raise money for books and materials," said Lu Lazzarotto, special event committee chair.  On the evening of Apr. 5, the library will be decked out in a backdrop representing 40 years of Bondian history created by 30 local volunteers.  The event will include music, food and a silent auction.  Tickets are $60 each.

Library holds clearance sale (100 Mile House Free Press, 100 Mile House, BC - Apr. 2, 2003)
To make room for an upcoming shipment of books, the 100 Mile Public Library will be weeding close to 2000 books and putting them up for sale.  Proceeds will be used to purchase more books.

Friends of the Library always open to help town (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Apr. 3, 2003)
Profile and update on the activities of the Creston Public Library's Friends of the Library group.  Upcoming events include the Second Annual Garden Party, sponsorship of the Summer Reading Club and on-going weekly Scrabble nights at the library.

Photo without caption (Peace Arch News, White Rock, BC - Apr. 5, 2003)
The Once in a Blue Moon fundraiser, held at the Morgan Creek Golf Course on Apr. 3, raised $11,000 for books to help stock the new branch of Surrey Public Library due to open this fall.

IODE honoured for library support (Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC - Apr. 8, 2003)
The Vancouver Island Regional Library's Courtenay Branch honoured the IODE with a plaque acknowledging the work the group has done donating funds to help purchase large-print books.  The IODE also took the opportunity to donate an additional $500.

New library gets cash support (Peace Arch News, White Rock, BC - Apr. 16, 2003)
Members of the Semiahoo Rotary Club have made the new Surrey library (currently under constructio) their Centennial Project, meaning that they will donate $25,000 a year for the next three years to the facility.  The money will be earmarked for career resources.  The library is slated to open in Sept.  The Surrey Public Library also announced that it's grant from the province had gone up 8.5 per cent from the previous year, to $716,101.


Town asked to pay more for libraries (Saanich News, Victoria, BC - Mar. 12, 2003)
Even though Saanich taxpayers are already paying the largest share of any member municipality in the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) system, the library is asking for $70,000 more than the municipality anticipated - a total of $3.5 million of GVPL's $10.1 million annual budget.  GVPL board chair John Barton told Saanich council that part of the problem lies in underfunding by the provincial government, saying that BC provides less funding for its libraries that any other Western province, only $550,000 of GVPL's budget, or $1.80 per person.  Another contributing factor is talk of the library wanting to start thinking about plans for a new branch in the Tillicum-Gorge area.

Langford rejects library budget (Goldstream News Gazette, Victoria, BC - Mar. 26, 2003)
Langford municipal council has taken the unusual move of rejecting the proposed Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) budget based on figures that they requested and now have in hand.  Langford's dispute with GVPL concerns the use of the Juan de Fuca branch of GVPL by residents of View Royal, who recently joined the Central Branch of GVPL.  Lillian Spzak, Langford's rep. on the GVPL council, says that the figures show 56 per cent of View Royal library users making use of the Juan de Fuca Branch, therefore costing Langford approximately $130,000 annually under the current revenue-sharing program GVPL has with its member municipalities.  She adds that under the terms of the current Library Operating Agreement, no other area can share ownership of the Central Library.  GVPL board chair John Barton said he was disappointed that Langford council did not take the opportunity to have GVPL come to council and answer budget questions, but he also defended the manner in which View Royal joined the GVPL system.  Spzak said she would also be sending a letter to the mayor of View Royal.  Barton said he was open to helping facilitate any new way to work this out that View Royal and Langford could come up with.

Council grudgingly endorses library budget (Oak Bay News, Victoria, BC - Apr. 2, 2003)
Oak Bay council has endorsed its share of the GVPL budget, but it is not happy about it.  Oak Bay mayor Christopher Causton made it clear earlier this month that he felt GVPL's provisional budget of $10,112 398 (5.3 per cent more than last year) was hard to take given the amount of the increase was greater even than the current rate of inflation.  GVPL board chair John Barton, at a Mar. 24 meeting, outlined some of the reasons for the increase, including a 4.5 per cent increase in wages and benefits to some of its employees.  Causton and council approved the budget after Barton promised to once again make the GVPL aware of their concerns.

ORL reports surplus (Similkameen Spotlight, Princeton, BC - Feb. 26, 2003)
At its Feb. 19 meeting the Okanagan Regional Library Board:  ratified a new contract with the Professional Employees Association, calling for a seven per cent increase over three years retroactive to 2002; received the auditor's report for 2002, which showed a surplus of $37,000 for the year; received a report from the Executive Director regarding the number of items stolen each year from ORL branches and a further recommendation that theft rates are so low, the purchase of anti-theft equipment could not be justified.

Funding idea quashed by local directors (Valley Echo, Invermere, BC - Feb. 26, 2003)
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has voted down a proposal that would see the Invermere and Radium Hot Springs libraries significantly increase their funding.  Under the current funding system, over $17,000 collected in the Upper Columbia Valley flows out of the area and into the Cranbrook and Kimberley libraries.  As a remedy, a letter of request was sent to RDEK, requesting that a sub-regional funding formula be adopted, thereby ensuring that tax dollars collected in a region stay in that region.  The RDEK board voted to stay with the status quo for another year, its main argument against the proposal being that library issues between Cranbrook and Area C get sorted out first (a referendum to build a shared new library facility narrowly failed in 2002, but it was agreed that discussions between the two groups would continue for another year).  Board members also noted that the sub-regional formula could mean that areas would begin to pick and choose which services they do and don't want to fund.

White Rock Library costs jump (Peace Arch News, White Rock, BC - Mar. 1, 2003)
Declining use by Surrey residents of the White Rock library will mean library costs will go up for White Rock taxpayers.  The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL), of which White Rock is a member, pays White Rock each time a Surrey resident uses the library.  When those numbers go down, so does the payment, this year to the tune of $29,000.  And the situation could get even worse once Surrey opens a new branch in the fall just blocks from the White Rock Library.  Says FVRL rep. Rob O'Brennan, "If everyone in Surrey goes to the new branch, White Rock's costs will almost double."  Talk of closing the library or quitting the FVRL and joining Surrey has been tossed around, but White Rock council will wait and see how things play out when the new Surrey library opens.

Library board adopts budget and moves forward on contract talks (Delta Optimist, Delta, BC - Mar. 12, 2003)
The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) board has adopted a budget that will not see any staff layoffs.  The board began with five budget options, then pared it down to two for the budget meeting.  CUPE local 1698 president Marina Kristjanson said she was pleased with the decision, but still is unsure exactly what the $13.2 million budget will mean.  Talks continued between the union and FVRL, who have been in a stalemate for months over the issue of Sunday work hours.  In other board business, the board voted to rescind the motion regarding paying a $100 stipend to board members for attending meetings because the payment would contravene the Library Act.  The board will instead send a letter to the provincial government stating its reasons for wanting the stipend, including a guaranteed quorum, compensation for time taken from other jobs and recognition of the value of being on the board.

Council has a difficult choice with funding supports (Elk Valley Miner, Fernie, BC - Mar. 20, 2003)
Council has given a total of $114,000 to the Sparwood Public Library for basic funding.  The amount, a 2.5 per cent increase from last year, includes money to fix the building's roof and purchase a photocopier, cover wage increases, continue the popular Storytime program and cover costs associated with the bankruptcy of the library's magazine supplier.

$700-million city budget to cost tax hike (Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC - Apr. 9, 2003)
Included in Vancouver's approved $700 million budget was the standard increase for inflation plus an additional $152,000 to allow the library system to stay open for the week in August it has been closed for the past several years.

Library funding maintained (Daily News, Prince Rupert, BC - Apr. 11, 2003)
Prince Rupert Public Library chief librarian Allan Wilson gives the provincial government credit for holding firm on per capita operating grants amounts despite population declines.  "We depend on this grant, said Wilson of the $45,893 funding.  The library has asked for a status-quo budget of $575,000 from the city, but has not yet heard back.

Library budget gets surprise 20 cent increase (Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna, BC - Apr. 11, 2003)
The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL)y got a pleasant surprise on Apr. 10 when it was announced that rural communities within the ORL would be receiving a 20 cent per capita increase to their annual operating grant.  This results in ORL's overall grant growing to $821,691 over last year's $801,042.  The increase is designed to assist rural areas of the province that have seen population drops over the past few years.  ORL executive director Lesely Dieno says the library board will decide in May if there is anything special they wish to do with the extra funding.

More money for libraries (Kamloops This Week, Kamloops, BC - Apr. 13, 2003)
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System has received a boost of $11,000 in its provincial grant.  Director of libraries Kevin Kierans says the money will probably be held as a surplus and carried over to next year.

Library receives provincial funding (Alaska Highway News, Fort St. John, BC - Apr. 14, 2003)
North Peace libraries have received their annual operating grant funding from the provincial government.  Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge libraries all saw their grant increase from the previous year, while Hudson's Hope's funding remained unchanged.

Library gets boost from province (Penticton Western News, Pentiction, BC - Apr. 15, 2003)
The Penticton Public Library's financial situation improved by $5,700 when the provincial government announced an addition 20 cents be added to the per capita rate paid to libraries serving rural areas.  Penticton's library grant for 2003/04 now totals $83,756.

New money will buy audio books (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge, BC - Apr. 18, 2003)
The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) will be using an unexpected extra $24,000 from the provincial government's annual operating grant to purchase new audio books.  FVRL executive director Jean Dirksen said is wasn't a huge increase, but they weren't expecting it when they drew up budget figures.  And at $150 per audio book title, the money will go a long way to providing literature to those who need it.


Grant for library (Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Mar. 5, 2003)
Letter from Linda Florence, former board chair of the Powell River District Public Library:  Florence points to two recent articles in the Powell River Peak which bring into question the fate of a new library facility.  The first observation concerns an article about the budget planning of the Powell River Regional Development Society, which makes no direct mention of the library.  Florence wonders if the $60,000 mentioned for a community cultural centre includes the library.  Her second comment is in regards to an article about fixing the Powell River Recreation complex.  It is suggested that the municipality might apply for a Canada-BC Infrastructure Program grant to pay for the repairs.  But Florence points out that two years ago the municipality was supposed to make an application on behalf of the library, but the paperwork was never finished.  Florence suggests that it is the library that should be now applying for this grant since it has been stated that repairs to the rec. centre could be carried out over time as needed.

Library planning (Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Apr. 2, 2003)
Powell River councillors have directed staff, in consultation with Powell River Regional District and Sliammon First Nation, to develop a strategy plan for establishing a new library.

Muni to repair library roof (Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Mar. 6, 2003)
Whistler Council has authorized the repair of the roof of the current library facility after a leak on Feb. 15 threatened to damage part of the collection.  Repairs to the current facility were put off because of the plans for a new library, but with the capital campaign falling short of expected funding targets, the schedule for the new library has been stalled.  The repairs to the roof are slated for spring.

Survey to focus on library/museum options (Whistler Question - Whistler, BC - Mar. 20, 2003)
A phone survey will be conducted in Apr. by library and museum officials in hopes of gaining input from Whistler residents about the state of the plans for a new library, currently on hold after critical fundraising proved less successful than hoped.  The questions will include topics such as the phasing of the project and the possible combination of the library/museum with other capital projects.  To make the survey more cost-effective, questions about other capital projects and transportation objectives might also form part of the questionnaire.

Oliver Library door opens up cost sharing controversy (Oliver Chronicle, Oliver, BC - Feb. 26, 2003)
Library staff and patrons who have difficulty with doors are pleased to know that an electronic door will be installed at the Oliver Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL).  But the funding of the project has stirred up a cost-sharing controversy between the town and Area "C".  Oliver has asked Area "C" to pick up $1,200 of the $3,500 total cost of the sliding door, but the a rep. for Area "C" has balked at the idea, saying that funding for the library is already provided through property taxes and handing over any more money is basically double taxation.  The rep. also added that the ORL's five-year plan already called for new doors at all the system's branches.  But an Oliver councillor counters that no firm date for the installation exists and the need was great enough to warrant the expense now.  Ultimately, Oliver council voted to cover the cost itself.

Library site (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Mar. 10, 2003)
The Creston Public Library may have a new home in the soon-to-be-relocated Creston Health Unit.  A news release issued by chief librarian Gina Rawson states that the library board has toured the site and finds it suitable in terms of space, location and required renovations.  Talks between the library, town council, Regional District of Central Kootenay and MLA Blair Sufferdine will continue.  The Health Unit, owned by the B.C. Building Corp, will be moving to the Creston Valley Hospital in 2004.

Library move endorsed (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Mar. 13, 2003)
Creston town council has unanimously endorsed a bid by the Creston Public Library Association to move into the Creston Health Unit after its relocation in 2004.

Committee struck to examine library parking situation (Peace River Block Daily, Dawson Creek, BC - Mar. 11, 2003)
A committee of three council members has been struck to examine the issue of parking at the Dawson Creek Municipal Library, following the rejection of a report submitted that would add nine new spaces at the expense of part of a local walkway and at least one tree.  Currently, the library does not provide enough parking to accommodate the traffic created by some of its programs.  The library has not added any new spaces since its doors opened 30 years ago.

New library put to tender (Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC - Mar. 23, 2003)
Cowichan Community Centre commission chair George Seymour told North Cowichan council on Wednesday that the tender call for the new Cowichan branch of the Vancouver island Regional Library will open on Mar. 25.  Contractors will have three weeks to submit a bid.  Seymour said "we'll have to keep our fingers crossed" that a bid comes in to match the commission-approved $2.7 million 12,800 sq. ft. design.  The new facility could be built by next spring.

Town looks at improving library (Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC - Mar. 25, 2003)
A $220,000 renovation to the current Comox library is part of the town's proposed 2004 capital budget.  The figure would include $20,000 for a planning and engineering study.  If approved the project plan would be forwarded to the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) and make up part of the board's long-term facility plan.  $90,000 had been set aside by VIRL for new fixtures and shelving at a new library, but executive director Penny Grant would not confirm that the amount was still available.  But the money did not have to be spent this year, as previously suggested.

Library location debate heats up annual meeting (Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC - Mar. 26, 2003)
With the presentation of an initial report from the library board's long-term planning committee, attendees of the Salt Spring Island Public Library's AGM got an idea what the debate might shape up to look like regarding the location of the library.  Planning committee chair Lyda Smith reported that the library association had three options to consider:  expansion and renovation of the current library;  purchasing and building on another site;  or, building on Parks and Rec land.  All three options present challenges, says Smith, which a cost that ranges from $2.2 to $2.7 million.  Smith adds that funding for the project has yet to be determined, although a fundraising foundation has been established.  A referendum to borrow the funds is not being considered at this time.

Doors close on old library branch (Esquimalt News, Victoria, BC - Apr. 9, 2003)
The Esquimalt Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library closed its doors on Apr. 5 in preparation for its move to a new facility located in the new town hall complex up the road.  On Apr. 24, library staff hope to join 400 volunteers to stage an event in which a human chain helps to move some books from the old location to the new one.  The new facility, in a larger space with more programs and features, is set to be completed in May.

East Richmond library one step closer (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Apr. 10, 2003)
East Richmond residents are one step closer to having their own library after the city's general purposes committee backed a staff recommendation to give the go-ahead to a project that would see $1.1 million being directed toward the improvements to the Brighouse branch and the construction of a new branch at the corner of Cambie and No. 5 Road.  If the project goes through, annual funding of $221,500 would also be provided.  The East Richmond Community Association has already committed $50,000 to a new library and the Friends of the Library have raised an additional $20,000.  Many residents of East Richmond do not have access to transportation to get to the other Richmond Library branches.

North Van City council says no to library move (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Apr. 11, 2003)
North Vancouver City council has stopped a proposal to move the current library before it really got started.  The proposal was to look at the possibility of selling the current library site and moving into a recreation complex where shared facilities might have had a cost-saving benefit.  But some on council felt the new location was too far from the current site and would force the necessity of an additional  satellite branch being built.  The tentative plan has a new building being constructed at the current library location.  Mayor Barbara Sharp added that if a new site could be found that worked as well as the current one at a lower cost, it would be worth looking into.

Pitt Meadows library outgrowing its space (Maple Ridge News, Maple Ridge, BC - Apr. 16, 2003)
City council has voted to spend $14,500 on a needs assessment to investigate the options for expanding the current 7,500 sq. ft. library.  The building, constructed in 1988, was built before computers became a necessity and for a population of a maximum of 15,000.  The municipality is expected to top 20,000 residents.  The study will be conducted by a consultant who will look into option such expansion, revamping existing space or moving to a new facility.  After the consultant meets with municipal and library staff, the public will be allowed input into the process.


Kitty Cat Kids (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek, BC - Feb. 28, 2003)
Photo with caption:  Youngsters in the library's pre-school story time celebrate cat month by making cat puppets.  The library has also added a display about cats and is collecting cat food for the SPCA.

Beach Day at library (Prince George Free Press, Prince George, BC - Mar. 2, 2003)
The Prince George Public Library is holding its Sixth Annual Beach Day on Mar. 7.  Activities include Beach Day stories and a scavenger hunt.  Beachwear is optional.

Art contest has prizes for kids (Maple Ridge News, Maple Ridge, BC - Mar. 5, 2003)
For the second year in a row, the Public Library InterLINK family of libraries is launching its bookmark design contest, this year called Mark Your Mark.  Young library patrons between the ages of 13 and 18 can pick up entry forms and submit their designs up to Mar. 31.  Three winners from six regions will be announced on May 4, the start of Youth Week.  Prizes include cash and gift certificates, plus the six top designs will be printed and distributed through the libraries.

Pulitzer winners of the future (Lakes District News, Burns Lake, BC - Mar. 5, 2003)
Photo with caption:  Burns Lake Public Library Writing Contest winners were awarded their prizes on Feb. 26.  Participants could win in poetry, short story or graphic design categories.

Mentors sought for youth (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Mar. 20, 2003)
The Richmond Public Library is teaming with Caring About Kids to offer a United Way funded mentoring program for at-risk youth.  Thirty children have been referred by Richmond schools to benefit from being teamed with an adult mentor.  Adults interesting can contact Caring About Kids, and will be provided with a professional training course held at the library.

Library briefs:  "Down By the Docks" has docked (Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd, BC - Apr. 1, 2003)
The children's entertainment group "Down By the Dock's will be performing at the Chetwynd Public Library on the afternoon of Apr. 1.  The presentation is free but seating is limited.  The show is co-sponsored by the library and the Chetwynd Community Arts Council.

Cpt. Underpants is here (Langley Times, Langley, BC - Apr. 6, 2003)
The Walnut Grove Branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library is presenting another Captain Underpants party, an hour-long program of contests, games and crafts based on the popular series of children's books.


800m Ahead - Small Public Libraries in Canada - Greenwood Public Library (Feliciter - Issue #2, 2003)
This feature article from the CLA publication opens with a history of the city of Greenwood (which claims to be the country's smallest community with that designation), with the formation of the library stemming from a population influx created by the unfortunate internment polices aimed at Japanese-Canadians during WWII (interestingly, in 1998 Greenwood played host to Hollywood's filming of the novel Snow Falling on Cedars, about Japanese-American internment in Washington State).  The library officially opened in 1943 and moved to its present location in 1958.  Today the library holds about 10,000 items, offers computers with Internet access (although technology has not hit every aspect of the library's service - it still uses a card catalogue system) and employees two part-time staff including librarian Judy Foucher.  Foucher says that providing library service to such a small community is always a challenge, but she and her staff (plus many volunteers) are proud of the library and the services and programs it provides the close-knit community.

Reader-friendly - Friends of the Library helps to integrate literacy and love of the written word into the community (Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo, BC - Feb. 24, 2003)

Profile of the newly formed Friends of the Harbourfront Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.  Before the Friends came along, most of the library's programs catered to children, but new events like book launches and a speakers series have given the library a higher profile within the community.  Future endeavours include helping people organize reading groups and co-coordinating with social agencies.

Library lands prestigious award (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Feb. 27, 2003)
The Gale Group Award, which recognizes excellence in reference and adult library service, has been awarded to the Richmond Public Library.  The North America-wide competition comes with a $3,000 US prize which will be presented at the joint CLA-ALA conference in Toronto in June.

Magazine theft at library (Interior News, Smithers, BC - Mar. 5, 2003)
A thief or thieves have left the magazine rack at the Smithers Public Library bare after making off with all current and back issues of the publications on display.  "I'm quite disappointed this happened.  It's so blatant", says chief librarian Kathy Anderson.  Limited library funds prevent the library from simply replacing the magazines.  The staff have no suspects (the magazine rack is out of eye-shot of on-duty staff) and are asking the public to come forward with any information, or the actual culprits to return the items in the book drop.

An International Women's Day event on the North Shore will be dedicated to the memory of Patricia Charter on Saturday (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Mar. 5, 2003)

Patricia Charter, the board chair of the North Vancouver City Library who died suddenly on Jan. 20, will be remembered at a Mar. 8 event called Telling Our Stories.  Co-sponsored by the library and the North Shore Women's Centre, the event will bring together writers to tell stories and discuss their craft.  Charter was a passionate advocate for women's rights and was fighting hard to keep the centre open in the face of drastic funding cuts.

Library programs report (Houston Today, Houston, BC - Mar. 5, 2003)
The Houston Public Library held its AGM on Feb. 24.  Elections were held to fill five vacant spots on the library board.  The chief librarian reported that circulation figures for 2002 remained steady, but attendance in programs and public computer access numbers showed increases (almost 7000 people used the Internet access computers in 2002).  The library collection now consists or more than 24,000 items.

Bad news for the books (Nelson Daily News, Nelson, BC - Mar. 6, 2003)
It was confirmed in Jan. that the Nelson Municipal Library would be out $2,400.  That was the cost of the renewal for the library's magazine subscriptions with a company that now has declared bankruptcy and left the library with 45 subscriptions paid for but never delivered.  And it doesn't look good in terms recouping the loss.  "It's not looking terribly promising, especially for the smallest of us, to get anything back," commented chief librarian Deb Thomas.  Thomas is hoping the public can hep out by bringing in any recent magazines they are done with.  A list of the publications stocked is available at the library.  Thomas is also concerned because some of the money lost was contributed by donors through the library's adopt-a-magazine program.  She wants to assure every donor that they money was not simply squandered and has sent a letter to each contributor explaining the situation.  The program may be re-instated to help re-stock the shelves.

Reading challenge trophy coming back to Cranbrook (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Mar. 10, 2003)
The Sister City Reading Challenge trophy is returning to Cranbrook.  The final tallies of books read were Cranbrook: 29,271 and Couer d'Alene 19,897.  The library would like to thank everyone who helped with this year's challenge.

Books break barriers (Langely Advance News, Langley, BC - Mar. 11, 2003)
The Murrayville Branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library was the recipient of as many as 350 books and videos in Chinese and Korean languages as part of the "Books for the Multi-Cultural Community Project."  A Mar. 4 ceremony marked the third year that the project has aimed to expand local access of non-English materials in libraries.  Previously the donations went to the Langley City Branch.  Some of the items donated were brand new from Chinese publishers.  The materials include children's, fiction and non-fiction books.  An additional 50 books will be donated in the near future.

Libraries prosper in Internet age (Victoria News, Victoria, BC - Mar. 12, 2003)
Rather than putting a damper on public library use at the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL), the Internet age is partially responsible for an even more prosperous library, thanks in part to a 50 per cent jump in the number of patrons coming to the library to make use of public access computers.  Circulation in 2002 passed four million for the first time, and chief librarian Sandra Anderson says the Central Branch alone will likely beat the one million mark this year, helped in part by a change in the library's Sunday opening policy in October.  But even with these changes, GVPL lags behind the national average for hours open per capita, but with a borrowing per capita rate that puts the library in the top five in the country.  This increased use will call for an overall increase in municipal funding to the library of about 5.3 per cent.

Paintings stolen from library (The Leader, Surrey, BC - Mar. 16, 2003)
Two watercolour paintings by local artist Eileen Fong were stolen from the Cloverdale library sometime between Jan. 22 and Feb. 8.  Library staff were unaware of the thefts until the artist came in to retrieve one of the works she had on display.  The library has had local art on display since it opened, and this is the first time anything has been stolen.

Local library use up by more than 1000 (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek, BC - Mar. 17, 2003)
In a presentation to city council, Dawson Creek Municipal Public Library librarian Jenny Snyder reported that 2002 was a banner year for the library, with increased numbers showing up in everything from computer use to items on the shelves.  Internet use jumped 20 per cent over 2001, the number of library patrons jumped by over 1000 and items in the library grew by over 5,000.  Registered patrons now exceed the number of people in Dawson Creek, with many library card holders now coming from surrounding areas.  The library even showed a budget surplus of $14,000 for 2002.  Snyder was praised by council for her good management and new staffing approaches in leading the library to a surplus.

Stevens fights for Talking Books Program (Mission Times, Abbotsford, BC - Mar. 18, 2003)
While the provincial government revised its original idea to totally dismantle the Talking Books Program, District of Mission Coun. Jenny Stevens, who has been blind since the age of 10, is still not sure the program is safe.  As a sitting member of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) board, Stevens has been an outspoken advocate for the program.  "Talking Books is one of the real staple things," she says.  "I personally think that it is the right of every citizen in a civilized country to have access to literature."  Rob O'Brennan of the FVRL said,  "The service still exists, but has been downsized.  InterLINK public libraries are going to take up some of the slack."

Library seeks sponsors for newspaper microfilming (Squamish Chief, Squamish, BC - Mar. 21, 2003)
The Squamish Public Library is appealing to the public to help preserve the area's history by becoming a sponsor in a microfilming project.  Currently the library has copies of Squamish newspapers from the 1940s to 1995 on microfilm, but would like get the years 1996 to 2002 microfilmed, as well, at a cost of $400 per year.  Sponsors will get their name on the microfilm box as well as in the paper and library's newsletter.

The changing face of library service (Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC - Mar. 25, 2003)
Article detailing the services other than loaning books that the Prince George Public Library provides to the community.  The piece discusses those who access the library from their home computer, literacy programs, computing initiatives and Internet education, the library as a recreational centre and its use by tourists and seasonal workers.  In a typical week more than 7,500 people come through the doors of the library's two branches, making it one of the 10 busiest libraries of its size in Canada.

Library rapped for rental stance (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Mar. 28, 2003)
A provincial ombudsman report handed down by Howard Kushner has called the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) board's refusal to clarify its meeting room rental policy unfair to the public.  Kushner says he hopes his decision will "encourage the board to reconsider its response."  The report is the culmination of an investigation stemming from a complaint by the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island that the GVPL was renting room space to members of the Canadian Free Speech League, who promoted hatred of Jews.  The GVPL board claims it is not equipped to make such judgments and expects any group of person who uses the rooms to comply with any relevant legislation.  Kushner's stance is that because this policy does not appear in writing, "Members of the public cannot be expected to comply with polices unless they know what those policies are."  The board's rebuttal to that statement was, "Libraries cherish freedom of expression." And that any references to something like the Human Rights Code "would create an expectation on the part of some that the library will ban groups that are perceived as holding unpopular beliefs."  Kushner stressed that he was not telling the library board what its policy should be, but that whatever it is it should be clearly spelled out for the public.

Burnaby's librarian turns another page (News Leader, Burnaby, BC - Mar. 29, 2003)
After 29 years in Burnaby, Paul Whitney, the chief librarian of the Burnaby Public Library will be leaving his post and stepping into the director chair at the Vancouver Public Library.  It was all about challenges, says the 54 year old Whitney.  "Did I want to ease into retirement?  Or did I want to be fully engaged?"  Whitney leaves behind one of the most successful library systems in the country, placing statistically close to the top in categories such as circulation per capita, holdings and visits.  New challenges for Whitney include the scale of his new library, moving from Burnaby's four branches to Vancouver's 21.  Aside from his service to the Burnaby Public Library, Whitney has served as the President of the British Columbia Library Association and the Canadian Library Association (CLA) , helped establish the Lower mainland library federation InterLINK and was last year awarded the CLA's outstanding service to librarianship award.

Library looking for public feedback on its services (The Record, Burnaby, BC - Mar. 29, 2003)
On Apr. 8 and 12, the Burnaby Public Library will be conducting a survey to get an idea how the library is doing and how it can serve patrons better.  This is the fifth survey the library has conducted every second year since 1995.  Some of the changes and services added that came out of the 2001 survey included:  more computers with Internet access; self-checkout; DVDs; expanded audio-visual in the children's section; reviews of children's books; a new ESL section; newspapers in other languages and on-line international telephone directories.

Students host café of poetry (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge, BC - Apr. 11, 2003)
As a way to feel more a part of the Maple Ridge Library, a group of teens have started the Student Library Council.  The council started its activities by organizing a Poetry Café as a way to celebrate International Poetry Month.

Hail to the Carnegie (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver, BC - Apr. 16, 2003)
Feature article commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie building in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.  When the structure was built in 1903 by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie it served as the main branch of Vancouver Public Library.  The building served that purpose until 1957, when the library moved and the museum took over residence.  The building is currently an important community centre in the now economically and socially depressed area.

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