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Author Readings

Your Library (The Interior News, Smithers BC, 02/06/2004)
The library is preparing for a visit from author Chris Weicht, whose book North by Northwest chronicles the history of airfields in British Columbia.  Thirteen pages of the book are dedicated to Smithers.

Spears to read from new novel (The Penticton Herald, Penticton BC, 07/06/2004)
On June 10 Governor General's Award-winning poet Heather Spears will be at the Penticton Public Library to read from her new novel, Flourish:  Murder in the Family.  Spears lives in Denmark but comes to Canada each year to teach.

No title (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 09/06/2004)
Poet Deborah Schnitzer will read from her new book, Loving Gertrude Stein, on June 9 at the Parkgate Branch of the North Vancouver District Public Library.

Author Leona Gom to talk with book clubs at Ladner Library (The Delta Optimist, Delta BC, 12/06/2004)
The Ladner Pioneer Library branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library will be hosting a special afternoon with its book clubs on June 24.  Hating Gladys author Leona Gom will be on hand to discuss her book and give insight into the literary process.  Gom, a White Rock resident,  is also a poet, playwright and the author of the Vicky Bauer Mystery series.

B.C. writer reads at library (Daily News, Prince Rupert BC, 17/06/2004)
Local writer Sandra Harper will be at the Prince Rupert Public Library on Jun. 21 to read from her book Travelling the Sun:  A healing journey in Morocco, Tunisia and Spain.  The book chronicles Harper's travels the months after 9/11, the loss of her son to leukemia and her own struggle with cancer.

Judging Justice (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 18/06/2004)
Photo with caption:  Retired judge Wallace Gilby Craig will be at the North Vancouver City Library on Jun. 14 to read from his new book Short Pants to Striped Trousers (The Life and Times of a Judge in Skid Row Vancouver).

Noted author to visit city (The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake BC, 06/07/2004)
Calgary author Barbara Scott will be at the Williams Lake branch of the Cariboo Regional District Library on July 15 to read from her works.  Scott is a W. O. Book Prize and Writer's Guild of Alberta award winner.  The free event is sponsored by The Canada Council, The Writers' Union of Canada and the library.

Author reads from East Timor book (Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo BC, 24/07/2004)
On Jul. 29 at the Harbourfront branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Vancouver author Elaine Briere will read from her new book East Timor: Testimony, which chronicles the history of the people of that island nation.


A new way to search as the Library (Prince George This Week, Prince George BC, 13/06/2004)
An innovative  "made in Prince George" update to the Prince George Public Library's computer catalogue will make searching for items much easier, and costing a fraction of what a new system might have set the library back.  Local company Noratek Solutions worked with the library to use the current library database and then simply change the user interface from the old text-based program to a modern web environment.  Not only is the new system easier to use, but if offers features such as the ability to enlarge the data being viewed and searching multiple fields in a single search.  The system will also be easier and less expensive to maintain and upgrade, since it's designers are virtually across the street.  Currently, the library's computer search stations get about 200,000 visits each year.

LawLINE project places legal advice close at hand (Terrace Standard, Terrace BC, 16/06/2004)
Terrace and area residents seeking legal advice after cutbacks to the BC Legal Services Society budget can now turn to the public library for help.  The Terrace Public Library now has a free public access LawLINK computer station that can offer advice, assistance with letters and documents, phone calls, or letters to a third party on the client's behalf.

Moody library improves access (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 16/06/2004)
A new Internet station launched at the Port Moody Public Library will help patrons with low vision or blindness to access computer programs such as word processing and Internet browsers.  The easy-to-use software is able to read aloud materials such as books or magazines.  Funding for the software was provided by Industry Canada's Community Access Program and the 2003 Links to Literacy Gold Tournament.  The Internet station can also be used as a standard computer workstation, but those with vision disabilities are given priority access.

Tome Raiders - Microchips help librarians home in on wayward books (Times-Colonist, Victoria BC, 18/07/2004)
While about 130 major libraries in North America are currently using radio frequency identification microchips (RFID) to track library materials, Jim Scott, manager of systems and technical services for the Greater Victoria Public Library, calls the technology "exciting" but new and expensive.  The practice, which involves placing a tiny microchip in the item that can be located with the swipe of portable wand that picks up the chip's signal, costs about 80 cents per chip, compared with about two cents for current barcode technology.  The key advantage of the chip is that items don't have to be in sight to be located.  And the repetitive nature of opening and closing books during check-in/out by library clerks is eliminated.  But the downside of the system, according to a University of Berkley computer scientist, involves privacy issues as the technology can be used to track the reading habits of patrons, a common practice of the FBI called "hot-listing".  In Canada, 20 libraries have an RFID system in place or plan to by the end of the year.

Budgets & Finance

Library staff take work reductions to keep library open (Daily News, Prince Rupert BC, 03/06/2004)
Thanks to the dedication of library staff at the Prince Rupert Public Library, the library was spared the decision to cut hours of operation due to a budget shortfall.  Instead of cutting opening time, six of the seven full-time staff at the library voluntarily reduced their working hours for a period of six moths, saving the library over $5,000 in wages and benefits.  Additional savings came from not filling the position left when chief librarian Allan Wilson moved to the Prince George Public Library in January.  Library board chair Myrna Hiebert called the staff "committed to the community and the services they provide" and also praised the union for its support of the decision.  Hiebert added that cutting down operating hours is considered a last resort, noting that the library provides such an important service, especially for those looking for low-cost pastimes.

Regional library funding under discussion (Coast Reporter, Sechelt BC, 26/06/2004)
At the Jun. 24 corporate services committee meeting of the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD), two new library funding options were discussed.  One will examine the possibility of establishing a regional library function for the entire Coast.  The other will look at offers by Halfmoon Bay, Pender Harbour and the Sechelt Indian Government District (SIGD) to contribute to funding of the Sechelt Public Library.  It is the latter project that is the most pressing issue given that since April the library has been embroiled in a funding dispute with Halfmoon Bay, resulting in a $20,000 shortfall in the 2004 budget.  The dispute revolves around contributions to the library building, which is a shared facility with Sechelt's municipal hall.  As for Pender Harbour and the SIGD,  both have approached the library with plans to assist with funding based on the number of residents that have membership with the library.  But council is uncomfortable with that tactic, saying that since Sechelt residents pay for library service based on property taxation, it was only fair that other areas contributing should do the same.  The library board, which has stated that it will turn the management of the library over to the District of Sechelt if stable funding could not be worked out, will meet on Jun. 28 to decide its next move.

Library hours expanded (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge BC, 16/07/2004)
A proposal will be brought before council on Jul. 20 to open the Pitt Meadows branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) for four hours on Sundays on a trial basis from Sept. to Dec.  The cost per extra four hours of operation will be about $5,500.  If the plan goes forward, district staff will meet with FVRL staff on a monthly basis to review operating and usage statistics.

Donations & Fundraising

Kiwanis Club members keeping a close eye on the big print (Parksville/Qualicum Beach News, Parksville BC, 11/06/2004)
Photo with caption:  The president of the local Kiwanis Club presents the library manger of the Qualicum Beach branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library with a cheque for $500.  The money will be used to purchase large print books.

Library friends win award (The Interior News, Smithers BC, 30/06/2004)
The British Columbia Public Library Trustees Association has honoured the Smithers Friends of the Library Society with a provincial award for library advocacy.  Last year alone the society raised $14,000 for the library, money that was used to purchase everything from furniture to educational DVDs for kids.

Books for babies (The Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Kimberley BC, 02/07/2004)
The Kimberley Public Library has been able to improve its collection of parenting and children's books thanks to a donation from the Kimberley Teachers' Association.  In each of the last seven years, local teachers have committed about $2,000 to provide materials for parents of newborns to various organizations, including the library.

Sit back, relax and read (The Free Press, Fernie BC, 07/07/2004)
Proceeds from the George Majic Memorial Fund have helped the Fernie Heritage Library purchase three new reading chairs.  Says library chair Darren Harrold, "The Majic family members have been great supporters of library services.  We are honoured to recognize the Majic family's ongoing contributions to the heritage library."

Bring on the books (Richmond Review, Richmond BC, 17/07/2004)
Photo with caption:  Richmond Public Library's most generous donor, Kwok-Chu Lee, dropped off another 1,700 Chinese language books this past week.  In the last ten years, he has donated nearly 50,000 books to the library.

Local organizations get grants for healthy initiatives (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 28/07/2004)
As part of a number of grants given out by the Fraser Health Authority to non-profit organizations supporting healthy living, the Coquitlam Public Library received $6,000 for its 2005 Health and Literacy Information Week event.  The event will help the public learn how and where to find reliable health information.

Library Train receives donation (Merritt Herald, Merritt BC, 28/07/2004)
The Merritt branch of the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library District has received a $1,000 donation from the Nicola Valley Teachers Association.  Half of the donation will be used to purchase books.  The remainder will go toward a diesel engine for the library's Library Train project.  That project is co-sponsored by the library and the Merritt Model Trail Club, and would ultimately see a 230 ft. train track run around the upper perimeter of the inside of the library as a homage to the historical significance of the railway to Merritt.

Fin fits fine at library (Esquimalt News, Esquimalt BC, 28/07/2004)
A $1,000 donation from McDonalds Restaurants has been used to purchase a 19-inch flat screen monitor for the library's adaptive PC workstation, which allows users with vision problems to enlarge the screen image or have text actually read to them.

Library boasts century of Trail Daily Times on microfilm (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 30/07/2004)
A $2,000 donation from BC Hydro has allowed the Trail and District Public Library to pay for 45 years of the Trail Daily Times newspaper on microfilm.  This will complete a 20-year project to collect the entire paper's run and have it available to the public.  The daily paper dates back to 1928, but the collection goes back the first papers published in 1895.


CRD reading up on library plans (100 Mile House Free Press, 100 Mile House BC, 02/06/2004)
The Cariboo Regional District wants to find out just what the 100 Mile House branch of the Cariboo Regional Library needs in the way of a new facility.  Three CRD directors have visited 100 Mile House council to set up planning talks that would include issues such as funding, building location and size and whether other organizations, such as the local school board, should be involved.  Talks are tentatively set for Sept.

Dry well could force closure of the library (100 Mile House Free Press, 100 Mile House BC, 16/06/2004)
With the drying up of the well that serves the Bridge Lake branch of the Cariboo Regional Library, Cariboo Regional District directors are looking into the possibility of moving the library into the Bridge Lake Elementary School.  Library users are being asked what kind of hours they would like to see at the library, but it was also made clear that a balance would have to be achieved to meet the needs of both the school population and library patrons.

Creston Public Library improves accessibility for disabled members (Creston Valley Advance, Creston BC, 30/06/2004)
Thanks to a donation from the Neil Squires Foundation, library users in wheelchairs will be able to more easily access computer services.  A special computer table that is wider, deeper, height adjustable and with a large print keyboard has been set up in the Creston Public Library.  Chief librarian Gina Rawson calls the acquisition "a real benefit to our members in wheelchairs", but she doesn't want to stop there, adding that the new library will incorporate many additional accessibility features, including limiting shelf height and angling lower shelves to make the spines easier to read.

Library plans proceeding (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 24/06/2004)
Plans are moving ahead for the new $5.9 million public library expected to be completed by 2006.  A first meeting between the library, design team and the municipality has been completed, and officials announced that visits to some of the newest libraries in the province will be scheduled in a search for the best ideas for the Whistler facility.

Library awaits legal agreement (The Morning Star, Vernon BC, 04/07/2004)
The planned expansion of the Greater Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) has yet to reach the required legal agreement stage.  ORL executive director Lesely Dieno blames the delay on the simple fact that people have been away on vacation, but also adds that there is no immediate rush to get the project going.  At this point there is also no decision on how the expansion will be physically done and just how much it will actually cost.  Dieno adds, " We are making sure we are going to do the right thing in the most affordable way possible."

Library deadline pushed back (Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay BC, 06/07/2004)
Comox council will have until early October before the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) will need a decision on the amount budgeted for the expansion/improvement of the Comox branch of the VIRL.  The current facility has been deemed about one third too small for the population it serves.  The library board has put aside about $94,000 for new shelving, and the town has about $400,000 in their capital budget for the library.  But that money was set aside seven years ago, when it was estimated that only $200,000 would be the price tag for the expansion.  Current figures show the cost to more like $1.2 million.  The town hopes to make a decision in July so the project can continue on schedule for a 2005 completion date.

City council divided on new library (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 11/07/2004)
Called by one North Vancouver City councillor "one of the most important buildings in the city", the plan to go ahead with initial stages of a new library complex has been endorsed 5-2 by council.  If approved after a public hearing, the complex will include a 35,000 sq. ft. library and day care, 383,000 sq. ft. of residential space (in the form of two towers), a contribution of not less than $260,000 to the Affordable Housing Fund, a maximum of 155 public parking spaces, and all buildings constructed to no less than the LEED Silver standard of environmental conservation.  Three options were submitted by the architectural firm of Diamond and Schmitt Architects, with Option 2 being selected after a submission of 500 public signatures in favour of the design.  Amendments to the residential restrictions for building height and square footage will have to be made for the project to become a reality. Of the two dissenting council votes, concerns surrounded the cost and the look of the project, which was described as being "on stilts".  It was agreed that the cost of the project could not exceed the value of the land, pegged at $20 million.

Sooke might not book into larger library for decade (Sooke News Mirror, Sooke BC, 14/07/2004)
While it is reasonably certain that the Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) will need expansion or replacing at some time, it's not likely to happen until the next decade.  That's the opinion of VIRL board chair Tom Krall, who says that projected population figures for the area suggest that Sooke will hit a standardized threshold of 16,000 around 2014.  At that point the library would require a boost to 5,000 sq. ft. from the current 3,700.  But Krall adds that these figures are estimates and could shift either way.  One VIRL board member thinks it will be sooner than 2014 given the extent of some large housing developments being constructed in the area.  Altogether, the VIRL has six libraries in its sights for future expansion, plus two new branches.  No figures are available regarding costs at this early stage.

Children's Corner

Reading club offers summer adventure (Daily News, Prince George BC, 08/06/2004)
On July 12 the Prince Rupert Public Library will kick off its annual summer reading program, this year sporting the theme 'Anything Can Happen.'  Club organizer Beth Dimond says, "The program is designed to encourage students to read as much as they can over the summer."  Dimond will arrange activities from science projects to  scavenger hunts and sidewalk painting - and, of course, lots of reading.  Kids will be encouraged to read by having their names and the books they have read displayed on a large mural in the library foyer.  And certificates will be awarded at the end of the program.  The library, through a grant from the federal Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program, has also hired a summer student to help out.

Contest for teen writers (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge BC, 11/06/2004)
The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is sponsoring its second annual Teen Summer Reading Club, where kids in grades 7 to 12 can submit short stories of up to 1,000 words and win cash prizes for their efforts.  Each branch of the FVRL will select three finalists whose names will be submitted for the system-wide finals.  Last year more than 700 teens submitted entries.

School's almost out, books are in (Kamloops This Week, Kamloops BC, 20/06/2004)
The North Kamloops branch of the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library System is gearing up for the 2004 Summer Reading Club.  This year's seven-week program will feature a new theme each week, encouraging kids to read at least 15 minutes a day to earn a weekly sticker and a medal at the end of the program.  Last summer 1,300 Kamloops kids were part of the club.

Club runs boredom out of town (The Gazette, Grand Forks BC, 23/06/2004)
Kids from ages four to 11 can beat the boring summer blues by heading to the Grand Forks and District Public Library and signing up for the Summer Reading Club.  Four and five-year olds meet once a week for fun stories and activities, older kids twice a week, plus they can be involved in the Home Readers Club, where they can keep track of the books they have read.  The Buddy Reading Program is for school age kids who want one-on-one reading time.  It's all free, but registration is required.

Reading program saved (Alaska Highway News, Fort St. John BC, 25/06/2004)
The Summer Reading Club at the Fort St. John Public Library has been saved by a donation of $2,000 from Petro Canada.  In early spring the library was told by Human Resources and Development Canada that they would not be receiving the $4,000 grant the library used for its summer reading program, which was attended by over 400 kids last year.  After the story of the library's predicament hit the papers, Petro Canada stepped forward with the donation.  "That goes a long way," said library board chair Andy Ackerman, who added that others have also expressed interest in helping with funding.  This will be the 14th year of the club at the library.

Read, set, read! (Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle, Ladysmith BC, 29/06/2004)
Kids can keep up their reading skills and collect prizes at the Summer Reading Club at the Ladysmith and Chemainus branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.  Children up to 13 years of age can participate and will receive a stamp in their log and have their name entered for a prize draw for each seven books they read.  Older kids can also win prizes by writing a book review or playing a web game found in their reading log.  Last year nearly 200 children in the area joined the club.  This year's theme is "The Adventures are Endless When You Read."

Reading club lets students read away fines (The Summerland Review, Summerland BC, 30/06/2004)
For the first time ever, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is letting kids read away their library fines by joining the summer reading club and filling up at least one page of their reading log.  This will be a great opportunity for kids who are blocked from borrowing books (because they have over $20 in fines owing) to get back into reading.  It also means that kids with smaller fines can have a little extra money to spend elsewhere.  The program only applies to late fines, not fines for lost or damaged items.  Last year 4,527 kids took part in the club throughout the ORL system, over 200 of those in the Summerland branch program.

Summer reading explores new worlds (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 30/06/2004)
The 2004 Summer Reading Club at the Trail and District Public Library has a little something for kids of all ages.  There are story time programs for toddlers, reading records for older kids to keep track of their achievements, and the One-On-One Tutoring program helps kids with reading difficulties.  The library has also purchased over 300 new children and young adult books, which will be specially displayed to make them easy to find.  The Summer Reading Club runs to Aug. 20.

Reading Club going gangbusters (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 12/07/2004)
The Reading Club coordinator for the Cranbrook Public Library says the club has been a terrific success so far, but the library would like to attract even more kids, so a special incentive has been created.  The first 20 kids to come to the library this Friday and sign up for the club will receive a temporary tattoo and a pop-up figure designed by BC author and illustrator Dianna Bonder.

Kids' book camps (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver BC, 14/07/2004)
Kids who like to read and write can take part in two "book camps" being put on by the Vancouver Public Library.  Canadian author and illustrators will be on hand to discuss various forms of writing and illustrating.  The two camps are for ages nine to 12 and 13 to 15.  The cost is $175 plus $5 if participating in the anthology.

Library offers new worlds (The Now, Surrey BC, 17/07/2004)
The Summer Reading Club at the Newton branch of the Surrey Public Library is not only a hit with kids, but it impresses parents as well.  Crystal Batke, who brings her two children and an entire daycare to the library at least once a week says, "The Summer Reading Program is an excellent program.  It keeps the kids goal-oriented and it's fresh material."  According to library technician Lynda Long, the program this year has been a great success, with 1,675 kids signed up in the first two-and-a-half weeks alone.

Summer library clubs keep kids reading (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 21/07/2004)
All libraries in West and North Vancouver continue to sign up readers for the Summer Reading Club, with over 4,000 participating to date.  A club for teens is a new twist for the program this year.  Kids in Grade seven and higher can submit reviews to win prizes, including a grand prize of a DVD player.  Books popular with teens this year include those written by Garth Nix, Ken Oppel and Christopher Paolini.

Two students added to library staff for summer months (Bridge River-Lillooet News, Lillooet BC, 21/07/2004)
The Lillooet and Area Public Library has been able to hire two students to help out during the summer thanks to two federal grants.  Angie Bell will mainly be giving computer tutorials, but has also been involved in teaching the library's first Cyber Camp for kids aged 10 to 14.  Garret Miller will be in charge of the summer reading clubs.  His duties include everything from reading to children to arranging events with special guests.

Summer reading at the library (Lakes District News, Burns Lake BC, 21/07/2004)
The theme for this year's summer reading program at the Burns Lake Public Library is "Anything Can Happen When You Read", and that certainly seems to be the case looking at the various mini-themes that will be offered each week.  From "Exploring the Past" to "Sailing the Seven Seas" and "Blasting Off Into Space", kids will have no shortage of imaginative things to do.  The July 6 kickoff of the program was attended by 43 children and 155 have registered to date.  Closing ceremonies will be held on Aug. 19.

Help your kids get ready for school in September (Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd BC, 23/07/2004)
According to Dr. Nick Whitehead, President of the Oxford Learning Centre, kids who get a head start on their reading skills before the new school year begins will be better prepared and more focussed for learning.  How fortunate that the Chetwynd Public Library has its Summer Reading Program up and running.  Fun activities for ages four to 13 are scheduled all week long and will help kids get back into a learning mood.

Summer program puts fun in reading (Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Quesnel BC, 25/07/2004)
The Quesnel branch of the Cariboo Regional District Library has been offering a summer reading program for over 30 years, and 2004 is no different.  Lisa Thomas, who has been coming to the library  since she was little, is now coordinating the program.  "This is such a worthwhile program, " she said.  "The kids have a blast.  It's fun, not work."  So far this summer 250 children between the ages three and 12 have passed though the program.  Thompson adds that the program would not be possible without the support of generous community donations and the BC Library Association.

Library club keeps kids reading all summer long (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek BC, 27/07/2004)
According to head librarian Jenny Snyder, the Hooked On Books summer reading club at the Dawson Creek Public Library has been a huge success, with 425 children registered for the program.  Kids can keep track of the books they read in a journal designed to fit in with the program's nautical theme.  A grand prize of an aquarium will be awarded at the end of the program, which finishes on Aug. 20.

Around the Province

Library eyes new delivery system (Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo BC, 30/06/2004)
Every month the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) ships nearly 35,000 items between 19 of its branches.  Shipping costs are kept down thanks to a lower negotiated postal rate with Canada Post called the Library Book Rate.  But that discount is in danger of being axed by the feds, so VIRL has taken matters into its own hands and started a truck delivery service for its between-branch loans.  VIRL board chair Tom Krall, who calls the request system "a critical service for out costumers" says the delivery system will keep costs down and allow for controlled spending.

Library contest winner takes home DVD player (Creston Valley Advance, Creston BC, 03/06/2004)
The Creston Public Library has awarded its top prize in the "I Love the Library" contest, in which patrons were asked to write out just why they loved the library.  Winner Carol Sanders wrote in part "I love the library because it initiates life-long learning.  It enables all ages, walks of life, genders and cultures to escape into a new and wonderful world."  Sanders took home a DVD player for her entry.

Latest librarian (The Powell River Peak, Powell River BC, 09/06/2004)
Stephanie Hall, the new librarian at the Powell River Municipal Library, took on both a change and a challenge when she left her doctorate studies at the University of Toronto to take up the head library post vacated by Brain Pulham.  "It's kind of an out-of-the-blue thing to do, " she said, "but I felt that it was a big opportunity because with a library this size you have a chance to have your hand in the political role and the practical side."  Hall says she is impressed that 65 per cent of the population have library cards.  But she knows she also has challenges, particularly in the form of the library building, which is need of renovations to improve space for things like children's story times.  Hall says she feels most at home in rows of books and still really gets a charge out of helping someone find the information they are looking for.

Library changes will reduce art displays (Royal City Record, New Westminster BC, 09/06/2004)
A much-needed expansion of the reference department at the New Westminster Public Library will mean a significant loss of display space at the city's largest public art gallery.  The New Westminster Arts Council uses the space three times a year for its art rental program, where people can view, rent and hopeful buy artists' works.  The program is an important fundraiser for the arts council and helps artists sell their work.  The attraction of the space for the council is the fact that 54,000 patrons a month visit the library, where only 300 to 500 people visit the arts council gallery in the same time.  But chief librarian Julie Spurrell says that with the reference department simply bursting, changes had to be made to meet the demands of library patrons.  The proposed expansion will increase study space, add a special collections room, a group study room and more room for historical research and for the reference collection.  These changes will reduce the gallery size from a capacity to display 70 paintings to about 20.

Writing contest winners announced (Coast Reporter, Sechelt BC, 19/06/2004)
Winners of the 2004 Sechelt Public Library Writing Contest were honoured at a lively event where the best of the 188 entries were read aloud and their authors awarded prizes.  Three prizes were given out in each of three age categories, plus a special prize for the youngest contestant (age four).   The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Sechelt Public Library.

PMPL goes express (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam BC, 23/06/2004)
To increase the number of the most popular new books on the shelves of the Port Moody Public Library, staff have begun leasing the books from a company called McNaughton.  The books are returned to the company once their initial demand has tapered off.  It's good news for those keen to get the latest hot reads from the library, but the library warns that fines are steep on this items ($1 a day) and there are no renewals.

Dewey Divas & Dudes decimate the hype (Times-Colonist, Victoria BC, 27/06/2004)
The Dewey Divas & Dudes were one of the many groups who offered workshops at the 59th annual Canadian Library Association Conference held in Victoria last week.  The four women and one man who represented the Divas & Dudes are a group of Canadian publishing reps and avid readers who have taken it upon themselves to tear through the hype surrounding new book releases to expose some gems that might not get the attention they deserve.  The group began in 2002 and has since criss-crossed the country making recommendations of upcoming titles that might not be on librarians' radar.  The hope is that librarians will be able to offer alternatives to things like The Da Vinci Code, a book of such high profile that the waiting lists end up being months long.  A web site for the group can now be found at www.deweydivasanddudes.com.

City library awarded (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 30/06/2004)
The North Vancouver City Library has won the Merit Award from the BC Library Association for the library's role in co-ordinating and presenting the successful North Shore Writers Festival.  The library received the award at last week's joint BCLA/CLA Conference in Victoria.  The festival took place in April and featured Canadian authors from a variety of genres.

Northern BC authors to share expertise (Terrace Standard, Terrace BC, 14/07/2004)
Terrace Public Library is one of the sponsors of the first-ever Northwoods Creative Writing Camp, a week-long event dedicated to writers and writing.  Local and other BC writers will share their expertise with participants in both adult and children's sessions (for kids between 10 and 16).  Best of all the event is free (thanks to donations from the Koerner Foundation, the Terrace and District Arts Council and Hawkair), requiring only registration.  It all starts on Aug. 3.

Citizen of the Year nominees (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 15/07/2004)
Whistler's Citizen of the Year nominees include Whistler Public Library director Joan Richoz, for her long-standing dedication to literacy, learning and the arts.

Library helping celebrate Centennial (The Free Press, Fernie BC, 24/07/2004)
The 105 year old Fernie Heritage Library will help celebrate the town's centennial with library tours, a Lady's Tea and a Children's Day in the library garden.  "There's a pretty rich history surrounding the building of the library itself," says library board vice-chair Angela Morton.

New programs, services at Mary Hawkins Library (Gulf Island Driftwood, Salt Spring Island BC, 21/07/2004)
New programs and services at the Salt Spring Island (Mary Hawkins) Public Library include the summer reading program, a wheelchair accessible computer table and a wireless system (funded by an Industry Canada grant) and free computer training classes.  The library's search for its first paid, professional librarian continues, and the library is also looking for anyone with skills in such things as strategic planning, foundations, government relations, marketing and financial management, all for the Long Term Planning Committee.

Read that book! (The Daily Courier, Kelowna BC, 22/07/2004)
The Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is making life easier for book clubs.  The library now stocks a number of kits made up of 8 to 10 copies of some popular titles that are available for a six week loan period.  The library would be happy to take suggestions for future titles to be included in this service.

Initiatives designed to make Library more responsive to users (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 22/07/2004)
One of the areas identified by the Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library in their bid to make the library more responsive to users is the improvement of a number of areas in the library collection.  So chief librarian Ursula Brigl has identified six parts of the collection that could use some attention:  Arts & Crafts, Automotive, Large Print, Medical, Small Business Development and Youth Fiction.  The Friends have a targeted an amount of $2,500 to be raised to meet theses demands.  Already $750 has been donated by a local physician and a number of books medical books purchased.  Any individual or business may donate, and their generosity will be rewarded with a bookplate acknowledging the donation, a tax receipt, and, of course, the knowledge that they have contributed to the community in a valuable way.

Guinn named prez (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam BC, 24/07/2004)
Diana Guinn, the chief librarian of the Port Moody Public Library, was named president of the BC Library Association at its recent annual general meeting.  Guinn calls her upcoming term "an exciting year for libraries and BCLA" and "a tremendous opportunity to make our voices heard."

Are your ready to get your read on? (Nelson Daily News, Nelson BC, 26/07/2004)
The first annual Kootenay Book Discussion Weekend will give avid readers a chance to talk about books and hopefully get some reading ideas outside of their typical interests.  The event, which will take place in early Sept. and was inspired by the Banff Book Discussion Weekend (43 years of operation), has earmarked specific books for discussion and in some cases will have the author present.  Book stores and the library have made sure they have plenty of copies of the books to read beforehand.  The weekend is being held in cooperation with the Nelson Municipal Library.

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