Author Readings

Buckley to speak at West Van Library (The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver BC, 3/15/2004)
As part of the build-up to the Dalai Lama's visit to the Lower Mainland, the West Vancouver Memorial Library will be hosting a reading on Mar. 25 by Michael Buckley, author of the book Heartlands: Travels in the Tibetan World.

Library hosts bestselling author (The Now, Surrey BC, 3/17/2004)
The Port Moody Public Library is presenting a reading by Timothy Taylor, whose first novel, Stanley Park, was chosen as the Vancouver Public Library's One Book for 2003 and nominated for a number of other awards.  Taylor's reading is part of the Port Moody's Festival of the Arts celebrations.

A return to innocence (The Outlook, North Vancouver BC, 3/25/2004)
Photo with caption:  Dr. John Izzo reads from his newest book, Second Innocence: Rediscovering Joy and Wonder, at the Vancouver Public Library on Mar. 31.  Izzo's book deals with fighting cynicism in the post-9/11 world.

Adventure author coming to Nelson Library (Nelson Daily Times, Nelson BC, 4/7/2004)
Bestselling adventure author Chris Czajkowski will be at the Nelson Municipal Library on Apr. 19 to give a reading and slide show.  Czajkowski's newest book, Snowshoes and Spotted Dick, recounts her experiences living in an isolated area of the Coast Range near Bella Coola.

Chronicling the country (Penticton Western News, Penticton BC, 4/13/2004)
Journalist Matt Jackson will launch his new book, The Canada Chronicles: A Four-Year Hitchhiking Odyssey, at the Penticton Public Library on Apr. 23.  The title trip was meant to take only 4 months, but stretched into a 30,000 km epic journey.

Library hosting bedtime story event (Coast Reporter, Sechelt BC, 4/17/2004)
A bedtime story event held at the Sechelt Public Library on Apr. 23 will feature award-winner children's writer Sheryl McFarlane, the author of Waiting for Whales.  McFarlane has written 10 books, and will be hosting a one-day children's book writing workshop on Apr. 24 at the library.

Authors to visit N. Shore libraries (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 4/18/2004)
The fifth North Shore Writers Festival, beginning April 19, will see a flurry of authors doing a total of eight readings at the three North Shore public libraries.

Freelancer shares writing wits, wiles at library event (Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC, 4/21/2004)
As part of the International Writer's Day celebrations at the Salt Spring Public Library, local writer Tom Koppel will speak about his 20 years as a full-time freelance writer and the numerous books he has written over the last decade.

Local history comes alive at the Hope library (The Hope Standard, Hope BC, 4/22/2004)
Author and historian Donald Hauka will be at the Hope branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library on May 4 to discuss his new book, McGowan's War, which chronicles a clash of politics and ideologies in the mid-19th century that could have resulted in a very different British Columbia.

Prize-winning authors to speak (Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo BC, 4/22/2004)
The B.C. Book Prizes Tour is making a stop at the Nanaimo Harbourfront branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Apr. 29.  Steven Galloway, Marilyn Bowering, Don Luxton, Robin Mitchell and Judith Steedman will each read from their works at this free event.

Bowling to launch latest book of poetry at library (The Delta Optimist, Delta BC, 4/28/2004)
The Ladner branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library will be hosting a book launch by local poet Tim Bowling on May 5.  The Memory Orchard is Bowling's sixth collection of poems.

Richler reads at the library Saturday (Creston Valley Advance, Creston BC, 4/29/2004)
Vancouver-based author Nancy Richler will read from her latest novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, at the Creston Public Library on May 1.  The epic book follows the exploits of young Jewish woman from her small Russian village to the chaos of Kiev in the early 20th century.

Best-selling author gives reading at library (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek BC, 5/4/2004)
Folksy author Robert J. Adams visited the Dawson Creek Library on Apr. 29 to talk about his writing career, which began at the behest of his daughter, who asked her dad to write down the stories he told of his youth.  Adams has eight best-selling books to his credit.

Kids' mystery writer to give local reading (Terrace Standard, Terrace BC, 5/5/2004)
Fans young and old of juvenile fiction writer Eric Wilson will get a chance to meet the man at the Terrace Public Library on May 11.  The author of a wildly popular series of mystery novels began his literary career as a teacher at White Rock Junior Secondary, in response to his students turning their noses up at literary classics like Tom Sawyer.  There are now 20 books in the series.

Speaking of humour (The Powell River Peak, Powell River BC, 5/5/2004)
Novelist, humorist and playwrite Paul Quarrington will appear at an event hosted by the Powell River Municipal Library on May 13.  Quarrington will read from and discuss his latest work, Galveston.

Riding the waves in the bathtub (Sooke News Mirror, Sooke BC, 5/12/2004)
Photo with caption:  Ontario author and illustrator Eugenie Fernandes reads from her most recent book, Waves in the Bathtub, at the Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

Children's author visits Tri-Cities (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 5/15/2004)
The Port Moody Public Library and the Coquitlam Public Library will be hosts in upcoming readings by noted children's author Jean Little.  Little has written over 30 books and has won numerous prizes for her work.  The Port Moody event is on May 18, the Coquitlam appearance is the following day.

Author of his own success (Richmond News, Richmond BC, 5/19/2004)
As part of the City of Richmond's ExplorASIAN Asian Heritage Month celebrations, children's author Paul Yee visited the Richmond Public Library to read to youngsters from his novels A Song for Ba and The Bone Collector's Son.

Reading at the library (TV This Week (Kimberley), Kimberley BC, 5/22/2004)
Kimberley native Jordan Zinovich returns from New York to appear at the Kimberley Public Library where he will read from his new biography of Alexander Dumas, Louis Riel's lieutenant in the famous rebellion.  The reading takes place on June 2 and is sponsored by the Canadian Writers' Union and the Canada Council.


Library takes to Cyberspace (Shuswap Market News, Shuswap BC, 4/2/2004)
Requesting and renewing books online at home just got easier throughout the Okanagan Regional Library system.  New software has been installed that allows access to the system without the downloading of other applications such as Java, as long as a Version 5 or better Web browser is being used by the patron.  The authentication process has also been improved, meaning that patrons will not have to repeatedly enter barcodes and pin numbers.  Besides the library's three million-item catalogue, users have access to full-text magazines, newspaper articles and electronic databases.

Wireless technology comes to Delta's public libraries (The Delta Optimist, Delta BC, 4/10/2004)
The Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is set to expand the wireless technology that debuted at its Chilliwack branch.  On Apr. 14 there will be an official launch of a wireless service upgrade to all three of the Delta branches of the FVRL, enabling patrons to bring in their own laptops, PDAs or other handheld devices and gain access to the library's Internet facilities without using any of the library's computer hardware.  "Wireless technology allows the library to deliver services in a new way by increasing options to the customer," says Delta library manager Rita Penco.

Two Libraries, One Search launched (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 4/28/2004)
Two Libraries, One Search, the flagship project of the Smart Choices partnership between the Port Moody and Coquitlam public libraries, was launched on Apr. 22 at an event attended by civic and library leaders from across the Lower Mainland.  Designed to create seamless library services for the patrons of both regions, Two Libraries, One Search provides a single search interface with access to public library catalogues and subscription databases.  Bill Brown, chair of the Smart Choices Society commented, "Anyone looking for information - on any topic - is going to save a lot of time using One Search.  Everything is right there."  Other features of the co-operative venture have included a single library card at both libraries, online registration forms and e-mail reference services.

Legally linked (The Interior News, Smithers BC, 5/12/2004)
Photo with caption:  Library staff at the Smithers Public Library get a demonstration of the library's newly installed LawLink public access computer.  The kiosk offers patrons access to a wide variety of legal research materials on the Internet.  They can also print legal forms and directly call the LawLine, which connects the user to real-life lawyers who can provide additional help.

More than just books - Local librarians keeping up with changing technologies (Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo BC, 5/26/2004)

Article detailing the wide variety of skills that are required of the librarians at the Vancouver Island Public Library.  Executive director Penny Grant states, "A librarian today needs to be multi-skilled; you need to want to help people find what they need, whether that is in an on-line database or a book."   Grant also notes that the skills provided to those who graduate with a contemporary library degree have never been more in demand.  She adds, librarians have to be knowledgeable in things like online data bases and determining what web sites are legitimate, as well as traditional resource materials.

Budgets & Finance

Postal rates eat into library's newspaper stock (Times-Colonist, Victoria BC, 3/14/2004)
The Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) will only be stocking weekend issues of some out-of-town papers after the library was notified that subscription costs would soar from $750 to $3,600, mainly due to an increase in Canada Post's bulk mailing rate.  "Libraries across Canada are lobbying Canada Post to make a change on this," said GVPL CEO Sandra Anderson.  And some progress is being made.  A Canada Post spokesman said the established minimum mailout rate of 500 newspapers (to get the cheapest rate) will be lowered to 50 on Apr. 1.  This situation was used by GVPL board chair John Barton -  when presenting the library's new budget of $10.46 million, up 3.8 per cent from last year -  as one example of expenses beyond the library's control.  Other factors include wage increases and the cost of books.  Upgrades of services and expanded hours will help to drive the total budget increase to 4.9 per cent, or 12 cents per person per month.  Victoria council were supportive of the budget and were encouraged to see that the use of the library continues to rise, overall visits being up 9.1 per cent last year.

Mayors seek library board shakeup (Esquimalt News, Victoria BC, 3/24/2004)
The mayors of Esquimalt and Langford are calling for a change to the way Greater Victoria Public Library board operates, saying that only municipal politicians on the board should have the final say in budget matters and not private citizens.  The two mayors argue that only elected officials are accountable to the electorate for their decisions.  Langford Mayor Stew Young has called the library's 2004 budget increase of 4.9 per cent unacceptable.  But citizen library board appointee Paul Gerrard defends the input of private citizens, saying, "We don't just look at the bottom line.  The worth of the library board is more than dollars and cents."  He adds that most of current increase is tied to wage hikes and, "If the whole of the library system was looked at as a business entity, it would be fiscally prudent and considered a huge success."

Library funding increase does little to ease problems (Victoria News, Victoria BC, 4/7/2004)
While Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) board chair John Barton is grateful for the $25,000 increase in provincial government funding it received (part of a province-wide increase of $410,000), Barton said the funds would barely cover the cost of providing service to the increased population reflected by the hike.  Barton adds that overall, provincial funding has fallen from representing 13 per cent of the library's operating budget in 1991 to five per cent now.  He also notes than GVPL receives less than half of the provincial funding that libraries of comparable size receive elsewhere in Canada.  But Barton did call the additional $15,000 grant form the province to hire a consultant to study how the library system works with it member municipal governments "a positive step."

Grant helps support library system (Shuswap Market News, Salmon Arm BC, 4/16/2004)
The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) system will receive a large chunk of the province's $9 million-plus in operating funding to public libraries.  The ORL grant amounted to $860,281, up $40,00 from last year.

Library staff hammer out four-year deal (The Morning Star, Vernon BC, 5/26/2004)
The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) has approved a new contract with it's CUPE employees.  The four-year deal calls for a 2.25 per cent increase in 2004, 1.5 per cent in 2005, 1.5 per cent in 2006 and 2.5 per cent in 2007.  "The negotiations between the two parties went very well," said ORL board chair Carol Williams.

City boasts $7.5-million surplus (Burnaby Now, Burnaby BC, 3/24/2004)
The City of Burnaby's 2003 financial report shows a healthy surplus of more than $7.5 million, including more than $500,000 in the public library fund.

Budget increase allows year-round Sunday opening at key library branches (The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver BC, 3/26/2004)
A budget increase of $164,000 from Vancouver city council, directed to the Vancouver Public Library, will allow all branches of the library system to stay open on Sundays.  Last year council abolished the annual one-week summer closures that had plagued the library for a number of years.  Library board chair Joan Andersen was thrilled and commented, "This will allow us to both increase hours of operation on our busiest days of the week and provide equitable service across the city.  We expect this will mean 100,000 more visits with 140,000 more items being borrowed on an annual basis."

Library system receives provincial funding boost (The Daily News, Kamloops BC, 4/2/2004)
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District's library system will receive a $327,000 provincial grant this year, up slightly from the $319,000 it received last year.

Government grant boosts library's operating funds (The Penticton Herald, Penticton BC, 4/2/2004)
The Penticton Public Library received an additional $4,000 in provincial funding, boosting it's annual grant to $87,831.  Chief librarian Larry Little says the extra funding will be used to purchase assets it might not otherwise be able to afford, such as magazines, videos, audio books and resource materials.

Liberals book into library funding (Richmond News, Richmond BC, 4/3/2004)
An increase in provincial funding of $16,000 has pushed the Richmond Public Library's annual operating grant from the province to $348,402.  The funding - distributed on a per capita basis - can be used to purchase library materials (such as books, computers, audio-visual) or to cover basic operating expenses.

Prov. grant up $8,000 for local library (The Prince George Citizen, Prince George BC, 4/3/2004)
Prince George's chief librarian Allan Wilson was very pleased to see that the library's annual grant from the province was increased by more than $8,000.  Wilson said he was budgeting for slight decrease, given that the grant is based on a per-capita formula, "so we are thrilled to see an increase."  The library's total grant from the province was $196,271.

Library, museum top grants list (The Interior News, Smithers BC, 4/21/2004)
The Smithers Public Library topped town council's grant list, receiving $113,000 of the $175,000 set aside for community organizations.  The library got additional funding of $23,381 from the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

Reading Club suffers as federal funds cut (Alaska Highway News, Fort St. John BC, 5/19/2004)
The Fort St. John Public Library has been left scrambling to try to deliver its annual summer reading program after it was informed a long-standing federal grant of $4,000 would not materialize this year.  The grant, usually delivered by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), would have been used to hire youth to help run the popular Summer Reading Club, which typically attracts about 400 kids to the library each summer.  "I cannot understand why HRDC cut such a small grant that provides such a large benefit to the community," says library board chair Andy Ackerman.  But library director Marsha Triebner says that the program is too valuable to simply cancel and the library will make it happen somehow.  Triebner has appealed HRDC's decision, but has not had any word back yet.  The total cost of running the program at the library is about $10,000.

Donations & Fundraising

Learned gifts (The Peace Arch News, White Rock BC, 3/13/2004)
Photo with caption:  President and chair of the Kiwanis Club of White Rock present White Rock Public Library librarian Mary Anne Johnson  with a donation of $1,200 to be used to purchase a 2004 set of World Book Encyclopaedia.

Going digital (Penticton Western News, Penticton BC, 3/12/2004)
Photo with caption:  Penticton Public Library chief librarian Larry Little poses with representatives from the Knights of Pythias, who have donated $1,500 to the library for the purchase of a digital camera and portable sound system.

Spreading the words (Squamish Chief, Squamish BC, 3/19/2004)
The Squamish Public Library and Capilano College are teaming up for a literacy fundraiser event at the library on Mar. 27.  The "Scrabble for Literacy" event welcomes any Scrabble fans to join in as an individual or team.  The entry fee is $20 for singles or $30 for teams of up to three players.  All ages are invited.  Proceeds will benefit literacy programs at the library and the college.

Breast cancer books added to Golden library (Golden Star, Golden BC, 3/24/2004)
As part of a $15,000 donation from Scotiabank and the Alliance for Breast Cancer Information and Support designed to put current breast cancer resources in BC public libraries, the Golden branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will receive 10 books and one video that will remain in a special collection at the library.

Languages shared (The Langley Advance News, Langley BC, 4/2/2004)
For the fourth year in a row, a collection of Chinese, Korean and English books and audio-video resources have been donated to the Langley branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library.  The project Books for the Multicultural Community is run by the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Program of Langley Family Services.  This year's contribution includes 250 children's books, fiction and cartoon books and Chinese language movies.

Project puts new covers on library chairs (The Delta Optimist, Delta BC, 4/14/2004)
Photo with caption:  David Bellamy of the Kiwanis Club of Tsawwassen and Ladner admires one of the newly reupholstered chairs at the South Delta branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library.  The Kiwanis helped pay for the furniture renovations.

Scrabble for literacy (The Gazette, Grand Forks BC, 4/14/2004)
The first annual Scrabble for Literacy fundraiser will take place on Apr. 17 at the Grand Forks and District Public Library.   The event is co-hosted by the Columbian Basin Alliance for Literacy.  Registration is by pledge or donation.

Annual Coquitlam fundraising gala set for May 8 (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 4/21/2004)
A gala fundraiser set for May 8 will benefit the Coquitlam Public Library and the Coquitlam Foundation.  Each $200 ticket will purchase a night of music, gourmet food, prize give-a-ways and a live auction.  The library's share of the approximately $30,000 in profit that the event generates will be used purchase books, tapes, CDs and videos.

Coach shares knowledge (Kamloops This Week, Kamloops BC, 4/28/2004)
Kamloops Youth Soccer head coach Dave Spendlove has donated $3,000 in soccer-related books and videos to the Kamloops branch of the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library District.

No title (Richmond Review, Richmond BC, 4/29/2004)
Photo with caption:  Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie poses with members of the Richmond Chinese Community Society as they sell raffle tickets during a fundraiser for the new Cambie branch of the Richmond Public Library.  The event raised $6,256.

FireSmart display presented to library (Creston Valley Advance, Creston BC, 4/29/2004)
Members of the Kootenay Interface Steering Team gathered at the Creston Public Library to make a presentation of  library materials on interface fires and prevention.

Boogie the night away at Library's Club Retro (Prince George This Week, Prince George BC, 5/2/2004)
The library is holding one of its two major annual fundraisers on May 15.  The Club Retro event will include dancing, food, a silent auction and prizes for best costume.  Tickets are $60 per person, with all proceeds going to the library.

Library's Denim 'n' Diamonds fundraiser a huge success (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 5/6/2004)
The Whistler Public Library's Denim 'n' Diamonds fundraising event was a huge success, raising more than $72,000 which will be held in trust awaiting the opening of the new library facility.  225 people attended the sold-out event.  The library would like to thank its many sponsors and the committee who worked so hard to make the event such a hit.

Five thousand reasons why a yard sale was amazing (Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd BC, 5/7/2004)
Photo with caption:  Chetwynd Public Library staff and board members pose with 50/50 raffle winner Barbie Sims, who took home a cheque for $5,000 as part of the library's Most Amazing Yard Sale fundraiser.  The library collected close to $8,000 during the event, which also included 78 tables of stuff for sale and a silent auction.  The money will be used to fund children and literacy programs at the library.

Society donates to Bowen library (Undercurrent, Bowen Island BC, 5/21/2004)
The Bowen Island Public Library is the grateful recipient of a $1,500 donation from the Lions Gate Hospice society.  The funds will be used to enhance the library's collection of materials on end-of-life resources.

Phoenix Foundation funds Boundary area programs and schools (The Gazette, Grand Forks BC, 5/26/2004)
Out of a total of $12,000 in grants for 2004 awarded by the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities, the Greenwood Public Library has received $1,000 to be used for automation updates including software, bar codes, scanners, computers and training.


Donation presented for library expansion (The Summerland Review, Summerland BC, 3/11/2004)
The proposed expansion of the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library got a $10,000 boost when the Friends of the Summerland Library Society received $10,000 from a trust in memory of long-time teacher and children's librarian Patricia Carter, who died in January 2000.  The society is attempting to raise $250,000 for the library expansion project.

Library facelift leads to rezoning (Golden Star, Golden BC, 5/12/2004)
Plans for a nicer looking exterior of the Golden branch of the Okanagan Regional Library have led to the need for a rezoning permit, after the Columbia Shuswap Regional District's Works Services reviewed conceptual drawings and determined that the building's use did not comply with local bylaws.

Library looks for room to grow (The Morning Star, Vernon BC, 5/21/2004)
After months of discussions regarding a new location for the Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL), it turns out that the library will be staying put, but in an expanded form.  The ORL has entered into a agreement-in-principle with the City of Vernon to expand the branch from its current 13,000 sq. ft. to 26,000.  Details regarding the nature of the expansion (a second floor is not being considered) and the budget for the project (currently at $500,000, but expected to be higher) still need to be worked out.  The announcement pleased many library patrons who were happy with the current location.  Decisions about the actual building and other arrangement could be completed by the fall, with a possible project completion date of late 2005 or early 2006.

Former Creston public health unit to house new public library (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 3/18/2004)
Nelson-Creston MLA Blair Suffredine announced to town council that one of three federal infrastructure grants would provide $282,000 to assist in the renovations of the former public health unit to suit a new Creston Public Library.  Library board and staff members on hand were thrilled with the announcement.  The library board plans to put the current library building up for sale and use the proceeds to cover most of the library's $142,000 share of the project.

Library plans create controversy in Creston (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 4/13/2004)
A call to a staff member at the Creston Valley Advance newspaper has created some controversy regarding the public library's announced move into the current Creston Health Centre (CHC).  The caller, a media relations officer for the BC Buildings Corporation (BCBC),  stated flatly that BCBC owns the CHC and that the Interior Health Authority (IHA) had extended its lease on the building and that neither were aware of plans to turn the health centre into a library.  MLA Blair Suffredine, who announced the plan last month, suggested that the information had not yet filtered down to the various ministries involved.  Part of the problem, according to the IHA East Kootenay Chief Operating Officer Ray Barnard, is that the renovation of the facilities in the Creston Valley Hospital (where the CHC is to be moved into) has not been budgeted for this year.  But Barnard added that he was committed to exploring ways to move up the construction schedule, although he could make no promises.

Options considered for library called 'inadequate' (The Delta Optimist, Delta BC, 4/10/2004)
The South Delta branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is inadequate in size and uncomfortable for patrons, and Delta councillor (and Delta's rep on the FVRL board) Krista Engelland wants to do something about it.  Engelland says the current 7,900 sq. ft. facility should be 5,000 sq. ft. larger to meet minimum standards for a library serving a community of 21,000 people.  She adds that the other two area library's have received renovations, and it's time for South Delta to get the same treatment.  Engelland does not know what form a new facility might take, but she feels a library in the current Recreation Centre would add value to that facility as a community centre.

Grants pay dividends for readers, anglers (Times-Colonist, Victoria BC, 4/13/2004)
Federal and provincial infrastructure grants announced today are expected to include $2 million for a new Saanich branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.  Library board member Paul Gerrard, who has been lobbying for a new local library in Victoria's Gorge-Tillicum area for five years, was beside himself about the pending announcement.  He said that the proposed 12,000 sq. ft. facility would be a boon to the area, particularly with in terms of computer access.  "Our area is not the most affluent, and by having exposure to the Internet by kids who maybe cannot afford computers is going to be just fantastic," Gerrard said.

Book opens on new Cowichan Library (Cowichan News-Leader, Duncan BC, 4/14/2004)
The new Cowichan branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library is ready to open its doors.  The $2.9 million, 12,800 sq. ft facility will have its grand opening on Apr. 17.  The new facility boasts 10 to 12 thousand new books, ten times the seating and tables of the old building, six public computer Internet stations (up from three), more work processing and game stations for kids, six catalogue stations and self-checkout.

Library expansion earns government funding (Richmond Review, Richmond BC, 4/15/2004)
A $1.7 million Canada-British Columbia Infrastructure Program grant will allow the 12-year old Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library to get a much-needed facelift.  Discussions will begin immediately between the library and the city to see how the project will proceed.  It is known that no floors or additions to the building will be contemplated, but that a shifting of current space will add about 3000 sq. ft. of usable public space.  Initial features will include enclosed quiet study and computer rooms and upgrades to the children's area.  The City of Richmond has agreed to cover the balance of the $3.1 million total price tag, but those costs will be offset by fundraising initiatives of the library board.

City still considering building (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook BC, 4/22/2004)
While the library facility committee tasked by city council admits that they are looking at a specific possible site for the new Cranbrook Public Library, they will not divulge just which building it is.  The chair of the committee, Angus Davis, says that currently an architect and engineer are assessing the building as a possible library site, which is for sale, but that no negotiations with the owner will take place until the assessment is complete.  He added that he did not think the wait would be too long.  The library facility committee was created after a 2002 referendum to build an entirely new library failed.

Small AGM turn-out gets library and new building update (Gulf Island Driftwood, Salt Spring island BC, 4/28/2004)
A small crowd of 35, mainly made up of those intimately involved with the library, turned up at the AGM for the Salt Spring Island Public Library on Apr. 22.  The key topic of the evening was the just-released report of the feasibility subcommittee of the long-term planning committee.  That report estimated it would cost $5.7 million to build a library facility with ample room for future growth and rental potential, or $4.6 million for a 'first phase' version.  Some questioned the 16,500 sq. ft. size of the first proposal, but subcommittee members stressed that studies show that the current 5,500 sq. ft. library should be double its size to properly house the collection, computer needs and reading and research space.

Library gains council approval (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 5/6/2004)
After a one-hour debate during May 3rd's council meeting, the Resort Municipality of Whistler voted to proceed with the construction of a $5.9 million new library facility, signalling that by mid-2006, Whistler library-goers could have their first actual library building some 12 years after the current 'temporary' pre-fabricated structures were set up.  Whistler Library Board chair Anne Fenwick was "thrilled" that the project would finally move forward.  Council will re-engage the architectural team that came up with preliminary designs for the combined library/museum concept that was scrapped last year.  The two councillors who voted against the project in a 4-2 decision, expressed concern that a new design team should be sought since the project had "taken a new twist."  The issue of an additional $1.1 million for underground parking and a possible seniors facility added to the project was also discussed.

New library is key to the Edmonds area plan (Burnaby Now, Burnaby BC, 5/8/2004)
Burnaby city councillors say that a new library and high-rise development will kick-start the revitalization of the city's Edmonds area.  The plan will see a two-story 17,500 sq. ft. facility replacing the Kingsway branch, the oldest of the Burnaby Public Library branches.  The city's director of planning and building said that the combination of the selling of the Kingsway property and the density bonus the city will receive from the developer Bosa Ventures (Bosa is doing work adjacent to the where the library project will take shape) will more than cover the cost of the new library.  Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan called the proposal a creative one and described Bosa as "very cooperative" in helping the city achieve its plans.

Taxpayers will not have a say (The Outlook, North Vancouver BC, 5/20/2004)
A North Vancouver District project that will include a new Lynn Valley library, public plaza, community policing office and retail/office space will need to borrow $15 million.  But despite the new Community Charter stating that if a municipality incurs a long-term liability the public must have a chance for a counter-petition or referendum, council is going ahead with the plan.  Mayor Don Bell explains that the current funding situation, in which the city will be essentially borrowing the money from itself by tapping into its Heritage Fund, means that the city is not actually creating a liability for taxpayers.  The $15 million figure is based on borrowing a total of $21.1, with $4 million being eliminated through the sale of the existing library site and another $2 million shaved off when a federal/provincial infrastructure grant is provided.  The total price tag for the project, including land and borrowing costs, is about $33 million.

Children's Corner

Smiling dogs, stinky sneakers and reading (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam BC, 3/17/2004)
The Port Coquitlam branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library and the two branches of the Coquitlam Public Library are teaming up again for the second annual Children's Reading Link Challenge.  The program sees kids from 11 local schools competing in challenges based on knowledge about a selection of books the participants have read.  The first rounds take place in the schools, then move to the libraries.  The grand challenge is held at a Coquitlam community centre.  Trophies and medals are awarded to winning teams.

Children's author Charles entertains kids at library workshop (The Now, Surrey BC, 3/20/2004)
Children's writer Norma Charles will be at the Semiahmoo branch of the Surrey Public Library on Mar. 27 to give a writing workshop that will include writing, acting and role playing.  Charles is the author of 13 works including Criss Cross Double Cross and Fuzzy Wuzzy.  The workshop is free but requires registration.

Author visits schools (Burnaby Now, Burnaby BC, 3/20/2004)
Popular author Margriet Ruurs, creator of the popular Emma the chicken character in books such as Emma's Eggs and Emma and the Coyote, will be visiting local elementary schools and public libraries to talk to students about her writing.  Ruurs' visit is a collaboration between the Burnaby school district and the Burnaby Public Library.  Burnaby school district's literacy consultant Lori Driussi says of the relationship, "I believe it is important to make the relationship between community libraries and public schools visible to students and parents.  Public libraries offer a wealth of resources, as well as links to the wider community and its offerings.  As community institutions, we have much to offer each other in supporting literacy."

Teens bring poetry before an audience (Nelson Daily News, Nelson BC, 3/23/2004)
As a way to "bring awareness of the library to youth and get more kids into the library" members of the Nelson Municipal Library's Teen Advisory Board were impressed by the turnout at their first Teen Poetry Night event.  Fourteen people read short stories, poems or song lyrics.  The evening also featured a reading by local author Ali Riley.  Organizers hope to make the poetry readings for teens a monthly event.

Kids' author to give free reading Saturday (Campbell River Mirror, Campbell River BC, 3/24/2004)
As part of the Red Cedar Reading Award programs, children's author Diane Swanson will be appearing at the Campbell River, Cortes Island, Courtenay, Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.  Swanson is the author of over 60 books for youth which emphasize science and nature topics.  The Red Cedar groups read Canadian books and then vote for their favourites.  The 29 participants in the Campbell River group have read 66 books since the Mar. 6 kick-off.

Library dragon gets literary name (Esquimalt News, Esquimalt BC, 3/31/2004)
The dragon mural that graces the children's section of the Esquimalt branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library now has a name.  A naming contest has produced a winning moniker of "Atticus".  The young girl who came up with the name (from one of her favourite literary characters, Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird) won a limited edition signed print from the artist who painted the mural.

Local kids get books of their own (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek BC, 4/5/2004)
A $1,000 donation from the Sunrise Rotary Club has put smiles on a lot of young faces.  The money made possible the purchase of 280 books from the Step Into Reading series that were handed out to kindergarten age kids at the Dawson Creek Municipal Public Library on Apr. 2.  Librarian Jenny Snyder said it was nice to be able to give the kids the books.  "Some of us don't realize that some kids don't have their own books," she said.  "They can always come to the library and check out a book, but this gives them something that they can call their own."

Kidz Konnection pizza party (Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd BC, 5/7/2004)
The 2003/04 kids' programs season is coming to a close at the Chetwynd Public Library.  Closing ceremonies included a pizza party for members of the Junior Kidz Konnection group.  The library is now planning for the beginning of its new summer programs.

Two bookmark winners from Coquitlam (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam BC, 5/8/2004)
As part of the Youth Week celebrations from May 1 to 7, 18 young artists from the Lower Mainland have won prizes in Public Library InterLINK's Design-A-Bookmark Contest.  Coquitlam teens took the first and third place spots for the Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody region.  The received cash prizes and gift certificates, and the first place entry was featured on 10,000 bookmarks distributed throughout the Lower Mainland.

Smokeaters to the reading rescue (Esquimalt News, Victoria BC, 5/12/2004)
A pilot project designed to get Grade 3-5 kids, especially boys, interested in reading has local firefighters coming into the library and reading to the kids.  Several members of the Esquimalt Fire-Rescue have appeared at the Esquimalt branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library to participate in the Reading Champions program.  The idea was borrowed from a similar project in Great Britain, the concept being that letting men (who work in positions that appeal to boys) participate in the activity of reading will break down some stigma in youngsters that the library and reading isn't cool.  So far everyone agrees the program, which started in Apr. and will run until June, has gone well.

Teens to be recognized for commitment to the library (Richmond News, Richmond BC, 5/19/2004)
On June 2, local teens will be honoured for their hard work and commitment to the Richmond Public Library in various teen programs, clubs and committees.  Youth Adult Services librarian Kirsten Andersen says, "Their leadership, patience, devotion to literacy-related activities, and commitment to volunteerism is really admirable, and they deserve to be honoured."  The ceremony will include food, music, door prizes and entertainment.

Students open the book on summer (Cowichan News-Leader, Duncan BC, 5/26/2004)
In an effort to help kids keep up the reading habit during summer months, students from Khowhemun elementary school walked down the Cowichan branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library and got an introduction to the many services the library has to offer them.  "By taking the whole class, we're getting the kids who may not have the public library in their everyday lives into the habit of a regular trip to the library," said teacher-librarian John Dryden.  Dryden hopes the trip will encourage some to get involved with the library summer reading programs.

Summer reading club at library opens up worlds of adventure (Oliver Chronicle, Oliver BC, 5/27/2004)
Kids can discover that "Anything can happen when you read" when they sign up for the Summer Reading Club for 2004 at the Oliver branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.  The program begins at the end of June or beginning of July and is free to kids of all ages.  Participants will receive a reading log and bookmark, and can get stickers and prizes for reaching reading goals.  'Expedition leaders' will receive special awards at the end of the program.  Over 65,000 children will participate in this province-wide program sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services.

Anything can happen when you read (The Whistler Question, Whistler BC, 5/27/2004)
Three to nine-year olds are once again invited to participate in this year's Summer Reading Club at the Whistler Public Library.  This year's theme is "Anything Can Happen When You Read!", a slogan based on the Alison Campbell poem of the same title.  Special programs will take place of Wednesdays in July and August, including a July 7 appearance by children's author Victoria Miles.  The library strongly encourages parents to support their child's involvement in the program, an important steppingstone in literacy development for children.

Around the Province

One Book, One Vancouver lets readers pick what's best (The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver BC, 3/13/2004)
This year Vancouver Public Library's (VPL) One Book, One Vancouver program will let the people have their say as to which book will be THE hot read this summer.  In the past two years staff at VPL had made the choice, but this time around a shortlist of four titles will be offered up for selection by the public.  Says VPL director Paul Whitney, "We were talking about ways to increase community engagement.  We were dealing with a shortlist which we thought was varied and interesting."  Another new wrinkle is the inclusion of two non-fiction choices for the first time.  The choices are:  (non-fiction) The Corporation by Joel Balkan; Missing Sarah: A Vancouver Woman Remembers Her Vanished Sister by Maggie de Vries; (fiction) Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson; The Paperboy's Winter by Tim Bowling.  Previous winners have been Wayson Choy's The Jade Peony and Tim Taylor's Stanley Park.  Voting can be done in person at the library or online.  The winner will be announced Apr. 28.

The Corporation choosen as VPL's One Book (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver BC, 5/12/2004)
The votes are in and counting is done.  And the winner of this year's One Book, One Vancouver is Joel Bakan's The Corporation:  The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power.  Bakan, a law professor and Rhodes Scholar, won out over three other short-listed titles.  Bakan will make his first One Book, One Vancouver appearance at the Vancouver Public Library on May 28.

New Director for Library (The Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Kimberley BC, 3/11/2004)
Sylvia Golke began her new job as the director of the Kimberley Public Library this week, replacing the position that was held by Bev Varty for the past 30 years.  Ms Golke, who holds a Masters in Library Science,  has been a librarian herself for the past 24 years, most recently working in Smithers at the community college and serving as board member for the Smithers Public Library.  Sylvia says she knows she has some big shoes to fill and is currently still just getting a feel for the library, which she describes as having "a nice ambience".

DVDs in response to demand for Chinese materials (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam BC, 3/17/2004)
To meet the increased demand, a flood of new Chinese language DVDs will be hitting the shelves of the Coquitlam Public Library.  The library currently stocks about 400 Chinese language DVDs and expects to soon add an additional 125 titles (250 in total).  The movies selected are mainly family-friendly and were purchased with funds donated by BC Hydro and the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation.  While the Chinese community is the key target for these titles, library staff hope that everyone will take a look at the materials, since DVD technology provides subtitles in multiple languages for most titles.

Libraries fare well in FVRL opinion survey (The Delta Optimist, Delta BC, 3/17/2004)
A recent opinion poll conducted by CV Marketing Research for the Fraser Valley Regional Library has shown that 92 per cent of Fraser Valley residents call the service provided by the library system as good to very good.  The poll interviewed 2,010 people from all areas of the service region.  Some of the other results include:  76 per cent gave the library space a high rating; 74 per cent rated the books and other materials as good to very good; 72 per cent called the hours of service good to very good; asked for a single improvement, most people named "more books" and longer hours of service; after being informed of the level of per capita funding the library receives, 71.1 per cent said the amount was just right, and 58 per cent said they would support an increase if it meant increased services; 88 per cent agreed that the library is "a vital part of the community"; more than 50 per cent they visited the library more than once a month.  The survey was commissioned as a first step in a strategic planning process.

'Heart and soul' of library passes away (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 3/21/2004)
Roy Hunter, a long-time employee of the West Vancouver Memorial Library, died on Mar. 3 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.  Co-worker Margaret Mould called Hunter "the heart and soul of this place".  Hunter had worked at the library since 1975, first as the adult information librarian, finally settling in the computer systems department, which he helped to develop and set up.  He was known for his love of rare books, classic movies and martinis.  Hunter was planning to retire soon from the library.

Beaver Valley library hosting events for Let's Read month (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 3/25/2004)
The Beaver Valley Public Library will be marking Let's Read month in April with a series of readings.  Guest readers will be from local organizations, local government and others who will each present a reading of their choice on Monday evenings throughout the month.  Prize draws will be included in the last evening's festivities.

Checking out (The Outlook, North Vancouver BC, 4/1/2004)
After 13 years as the chief librarian at the North Vancouver District Public Library (NVDPL), Noreen Ballantyne retires today.  Noreen has been a librarian since 1966, and while at the NVDPL she oversaw huge advances in service delivery, but always felt that personal service remained the key to good library service.  Gerry Colver, a member of the library's management team for 12 years, will be replacing Ballantyne.

New chief librarian found for Prince Rupert (Daily News, Prince Rupert BC, 4/6/2004)
Three months after Allan Wilson left the chief librarian post at the Prince Rupert Public Library to take up the same position in Prince George, Prince Rupert has found a new librarian of their own - and they didn't have to look very far.  Denise St. Arnaud, who was chief librarian in Prince Rupert from 1980 to 1990, has returned to the job after taking some time off and returning to the library in various capacities over the last 15 years.  And while the hiring was done in-house due to budgetary restrictions, library board chair Myrna Hiebert says that Denise is probably the best person for the job even if they did go looking outside the library.  Arnaud says that her focus will not be so much on infrastructure projects, but reaching parts of the community that are using the library and those that are not.  She says she will also use her long relationship with the library and the experienced staff the ensure those goals are met.

Welcome and farewell (The Gazette, Grand Forks BC, 4/14/2004)
Marc Saunders, the chief librarian of the Grand Forks and District Public Library, welcomes a number of authors who will be appearing in upcoming readings at the library.  Marc also announces that he will be leaving the library for a new post in Prince George.  Marc thanks the staff and many volunteers he has worked with at the library and urges readers to support the library in an upcoming referendum that will address the library's current funding issues (the library has been operating under a funding cap since 1999).

Library celebrates local volunteers (Undercurrent, Bowen Island BC, 4/23/2004)
To celebrate National Volunteer Week in Canada (Apr. 18 to 24) the Bowen Island Public Library will be acknowledging its 40 volunteers by holding a party in their honour.  The library has a long history of volunteer-ism, beginning with its birth in 1961 as the Laurie Wood Memorial Library.  Today the library's volunteers contribute over 3000 hours of service a year in areas as diverse as collection management, computer access, helping run the Summer Reading Club, fundraising, policy and planning for the library's future.

Library contest encourages reading books by B.C. authors (Trail Daily Times, Trail BC, 4/26/2004)
The Trail and District Public Library will be holding a contest to promote books and magazines published in BC.   From Apr. 24 to May 1, anyone who reads a BC book or magazine will have their name entered in a draw to win one of three prizes, including Guy Vaderhaege's The Last Crossing.

Book rate petition draws 16,000 names (Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo BC, 4/27/2004)
A petition circulated throughout the 35 branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) system has so far collected 16,000 names in hopes of saving the Canada Post Library Book Rate (LBR), which provides a considerable discount for the mailing of books between libraries.  A representative for the VIRL calls the number impressive, given that the petition has only been in circulation for three weeks.  Currently the VIRL saves about $250,000 a year thanks to the LBR subsidy.  Negotiations between Canada Post and the Dept. of Canadian Heritage are going on through Sept.

Paper location causes concern (News Leader, Burnaby BC, 5/5/2004)
Access to a publication which the Burnaby Public Library offers among the magazines in the Metrotown branch lobby has prompted a resident to complain to the library board and the city.  Amrita Moore is concerned that the publication Xtra West contains sexually explicit material and should not be left where minors have ready access to it.  Moore complained to library staff, who said it was the library's policy not to move the magazine.  Moore followed up with a letter to the city, which was passed on to the library board, who discussed the complaint at their Apr. 1 meeting.  The board concluded that while there was some explicit material in the magazine, it was not much different from what could be found in publications such as The Georgia Straight or Vogue.  Library board chair Angela Thiele added that parents are the best people to determine what is appropriate for their children.  The board also checked with other libraries in the Lower Mainland and found their policies were along similar lines.  Moore is encouraging others who support her position to write or email the city and the library.

Library seeks input (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver BC, 5/16/2004)
The Vancouver Public Library is interested in finding out how to enhance library service in its Downtown Eastside and Strathcona regions.  To that end, the library will be hosting a series of workshops and discussion groups throughout the area during May.  No registration is required.

Scene of teen's shooting known as a trouble spot (The Province, Vancouver BC, 5/20/2004)
The shooting of a teen while sitting in a car in the parking lot of the Poirier branch of Coquitlam Public Library is the latest and most serious event surrounding what is becoming a local trouble stop.  In addition to the shooting, library director Karen Harrison says that the library has suffered $30,000 in costs from vandalism.  A report to city council in Feb. noted "a mass movement" of students from the adjacent high school, where smoking has been banned and there are few places for teens to congregate, to the parking lot.

District library grows in popularity (North Shore News, North Vancouver BC, 5/26/2004)
In her May 10 report to district council, North Vancouver District Library board chair Maureen Black had plenty of good news about the library's use, its services and its standing among other like-sized libraries in the province.  "We continue to have the highest per-capita circulation in a medium-sized city in the province," she told council, adding that 70,000 people visited the three branches every month and that circulation was up nine per cent from the previous year.  She also said that the 4,900 children who attended the summer reading program made it a leader in the province.  And an Oct. 2003 survey filled out by 2000 patrons showed a very high satisfaction rating for the library's services and staff.  Results of the survey will be used to help in the strategic planning process.  Once councillor commended Black on the library's summer reading program, but took issue that late charges were being increased without consultation with patrons.

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