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Library plan saves money: CRD (The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC - Sept. 11, 2001)
CRD operations manager Gordon Gillette says that the elimination of head librarian Lil Mack's position will save the Cariboo Library Network (sic) just under $60,000 a year in wages and benefits. Gillette stated that Mack's position was assessed while she was on leave and it was determined that her duties could be covered, by a combination of support staff and a new automated checkout system, without compromising service. No one from the CRD would comment further, saying the decision was still in camera. A report to the public is scheduled for the Sept. 21 regular board meeting.

CRD: Library - Group looks into decision (The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC - Sept. 18, 2001)
On Sept. 11, lawyer Connie Sauter announced that a lobby group of about 41 concerned citizens has been formed to fight the CRD decision to eliminate head librarian Lil Mack's position. The group has asked to be put on the agenda of the next regular CRD board meeting, but executive director Bob Long says he has not received the request and doubts it could be added at this late date. Long also stated that the CDR followed due process. The lobby group has made a Freedom of Information request to obtain documents regarding the decision. Mack has no comment at this time.

Various (The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC - Sept. 6-20, 2001)
Five letters to the editor regarding Mack's dismissal. All support Mack and condemn the CRD decision.

Library board plans for the future (Revelstoke Times Review, Revelstoke, BC - Sept. 26, 2001)
The draft four-year financial plan was received by the regional library board during its Sept. meeting. Highlights:
- 3.48% increase in net spending during 2002, 3% increase in 2003, 2.87% in 2004 and 2.84% in 2005
- goal for 2002 is to have all branches, except the four smallest, open more hours
- focus in 2003 and 2004 will be collection development
- $78,000 has been designated for strategic planing, including a survey of all community residents regarding library service
The Okanagan Regional Library board ratified a three-year agreement with CUPE, calling for a 40 cents an hour increase retroactive to July, 2001, with further increases of 15 cents in 2002 and 30 cents in 2003.
A new policy regarding children left unattended at the library by their parents has been approved. Rules of behaviour will be posted in all branches, and the parents of those children failing to comply will be contacted and asked to pick up their child.

Library copes with service cuts (Squamish Chief, Squamish, BC - Sept. 29, 2001)
Squamish Public Library board chair Sonja Lebans says she has had nothing but negative comments from the public regarding the recent decision to close the library on Saturdays as a response to budget cutbacks. Librarian Maureen Painter suggests that those people concerned about the situation should contact district councillors and let them know how important the library is.

Budget greeted with skepticism (The Daily Courier, Kelowna, BC - Oct. 2, 2001)
Vernon city councillor Barry Beardsell is skeptical about the recent budget figures announced by the Okanagan Regional Library Board. Beardsell stated that past budgets made note of an immediate need for a new library headquarters and local library expansion, but these items are addressed in the new budget. He is concerned that the municipality will be on the hook for further expenses.

Dust off those overdue books (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Oct. 9, 2001)
Libraries in Port Moody and Coquitlam are holding amnesties that will allow people to return any overdue book with no fine being charged. The only catch is that the books must be returned from Oct. 12 to 14 for Port Moody borrowers and Nov. 3 to 10 in Coquitlam. Port Moody librarian Diana Guinn says the goal here is to get the books back. After the amnesty, any outstanding fines over $50 will be turned over to a collection agency. Currently, Port Moody Library shows 210 people with accounts over $50. Coquitlam circulation supervisor Freda Pullen says the amnesty allows patrons to return books guilt-free and learn more about library services.

Library given grant (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Oct. 13, 2001)
The Greater Victoria Public Library was one of three Western Canada recipients of a Starbucks Foundation grant. The library received $10,000 US for its "Reading Buddies" program.

Lift one for the library (Squamish Chief, Squamish, BC - Oct. 13, 2001)
The Squamish Public Library will be holding its third annual Books and Beer fundraiser on Oct. 16. The evening features culinary author Jurgen Gothe as guest host, beer and wine tasting and a silent auction. All funds raised will go towards updating the library's computer system.

Books back, customers too, librarian hopes (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Oct. 16, 2001)
The Port Moody Public Library reclaimed about $3,800 worth of overdue books during its weekend amnesty period. One woman returned books with over $350 in fines due. More than 150 books were returned, one that was more than 6 years overdue. Chief librarian Diana Guinn hopes that people who were avoiding the library because of their outstanding accounts will now feel free to visit again.

Raise a Reader drive collects $160,000 for literacy effort (Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC - Oct. 18, 2001)
The fifth annual Raise a Reader project took in over $1600,000 this year, well above last year's total of $101,000. The beneficiaries of the fundraiser include Literacy BC, the Vancouver Public Library and The Canuck Foundation.


Ducks to race for Elkford (Elk Valley Miner, Sparwood, BC - Sept. 6, 2001)
Elkford Public Library will hold its annual rubber duck race on Sept. 23. Two hundred rubber ducks will be released into the Boivin Creek, each with a number that matches the tickets sold. The winner will be the ticket holder whose number matches the first duck to cross the finish line. Tickets are $5 each. The library will receive half the money taken in, the remainder will go to the winner.

En francais (Alberni Valley Times, Port Alberni, BC - Sept. 14, 2001)
Photo with caption: The Canadian Parents for French donated a number of French language books to the library. The branch now has over 100 new titles.

Friends of Library plan biggest sale (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Sept. 20, 2001)
Friends of the Library are getting ready for the year's biggest library fund-raiser: the annual used book sale. A record number of books have been donated this year. Also, the Creston Valley Business Association donated $411.50 to the Friends of the Library. The money was used to buy new chief librarian Gina Rawson an air-conditioner for her office.

Coffee drinkers can help build a child's love of reading (Abbotsford Times, Abbotsford, BC - Sept. 21, 2001)
The Fraser Valley Regional Library has partnered with Starbucks to help the coffee giant gather and distribute the books collected during its fifth annual All Books for Children book drive.

Golfing for Library (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam, BC - Sept. 22, 2001)
Photo with caption: Six thousand dollars was raised for the Port Moody Library at the golf tournament fundraiser. Over 100 golfers participated.

Friends indeed for library (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Sept. 23, 2001)
Profile of the chair for the Richmond Friends of the Library, Debby Newton. Also a brief description of the organization's activities.

Library Assistance (Agassiz Harrison Observer, Agassiz, BC - Sept. 25, 2001)
Photo with caption: The Lions present a cheque for $5,000 to the Agassiz Library to be used for miscellaneous purchases. The Lions have donated nearly $20,000 to the library.

Lace 'em up for literacy (The Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC - Oct. 5, 2001)
The Prince George Public Library will be holding its fourth annual Skate for Literacy event on Oct. 14. Proceeds from pledges will be distributed to local family literacy programs.

Richmond Public Library benefits from fundraising BBQ (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Oct. 7, 2001)
A fundraising BBQ hosted by Charles Schwab Canada raised $263 for the Richmond Public Library.

Quizz night in Mission (Abbotsford Times, Abbotsford, BC - Oct. 9, 2001)
Mission Friends of the Library are holding a Quiz Night at the library on Friday. Teams of eight people will try to answer questions on a variety of topics. Tickets are $10, including dessert and coffee.


Duncan approves library at CCC (Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC - Sept. 12, 2001)
The Cowichan branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library has received Duncan city council approval to construct a new library facility on a portion of the parking lot of the Cowichan Community Centre. The stand-alone building will cost $2 million and cover 12,800 sq. ft. Construction will begin next year.

Library lease talks gear-up (Cowichan Pictorial, Duncan, BC - Sept. 23, 2001)
The various parties involved with the building of the new Cowichan Valley Library began negotiating lease agreements last week. The library will be built by Duncan, North Cowichan and regional districts Cowichan Bay and Glenora/Sathlam. The Cowichan Community Centre (site of the new facility) and the Cowichan Exhibition Society (another lease-holder in the complex) are also involved in the discussions. The Vancouver Island Regional Library board will sign a 20-year lease, after which, the four funding partners will own the facility.

Library board eager to get on with new facility (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Sept. 17, 2001)
Cranbrook Library board chair Derryll White says donors are lining up to support the building of a new library facility. While he would not name the potential donors, he says the amount is in excess of $100,000. But before these donations become a reality, the city must get on with the show. Using Canadian Library Association standards, the current 8000 sq. ft. building should be nearly twice the size given the population the library serves. Once a new facility is in the works, the city will take control of its operation, making it a municipal amenity, as was agreed at a recent library association board meeting. White said he did not care if an entirely new building was constructed or the current facility had a retrofit, as long a space, technology and location issues were addressed.

Library board hopeful about infrastructure application (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Sept. 20, 2001)
Creston town council has agreed to co-sign a $500,000 mortgage for a new library project, fulfilling the last requirement the Creston library needed to apply for a Canada/B.C. Infrastructure Works Program grant for up to $1,000,000. If the maximum amount is approved, the library would provide the remaining third of the funding facility through current assets and fundraising campaigns for the $1.5 million project to build a new library. Creston library board chair Lawrence Lavender calls it "a sound plan" and welcomes council's support. The library expects to receive news regarding its application by mid-to-late October.

New Courtenay library captures threads of history (Comox Valley Echo, Courtenay, BC, Sept. 21, 2001)
Wood will be the key feature in Courtenay's new 12,854 sq. ft. branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. City planners and architects took the history of the area into consideration when making the decision to feature design details such as heavy exposed timbers and trusses, wood-framed windows and a wood-shingled exterior. City planner Trudy Rotgans says, "Right from the beginning we felt the use of wood fit with our downtown's heritage look." Architect Jim Kerr added, "Wood not only satisfied building code requirements for structural integrity, but also offered both economic and aesthetic advantages." The new library cost a total of $2.5 million and is two and one half times larger than the current facility.

Regional District pulls back on siting library (Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, BC - Oct. 3, 2001)
Due to a Quesnel City Council decision not to renovate the fifth floor of the Place St. Laurent, plans to move the new library facility there have been scraped. Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Library Committee chair Donna Barnett confirmed that the plans for a new library have changed. CRD chair Greg Sehn will appoint a committee to examine other options for improved library facilities for the region.

Library addition gets started (The Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Oct. 4, 2001)
Pemberton Public Library has begun a 600 sq. ft. addition to its facility scheduled to be completed by next summer. Community donations and a provincial government grant (to bring in a West Vancouver librarian to consult on the layout) are helping to make the addition happen.

McGill readies for new chapter (Burnaby News Leader, Burnaby, BC - Oct. 10, 2001)
On Nov. 10, the new McGill Branch of the Burnaby Public Library will officially open. Among the facility's many improvements are: square footage more than doubling from 9,000 to 20,000; over 100 seats for patrons; 19 Internet stations (up from a single one); larger teen and children's section; the largest fiction section of all the Burnaby branches and a panoramic view from the building's northwest corner.


Ocean Park library online (The Peace Arch News, White Rock, BC - Sept. 1, 2001)
Internet stations designed for the visually impaired have been installed in five Surrey library branches, including Ocean Park. The computers feature Zoom Text software which magnifies computer-based text such as e-mail.

Students offer Internet lessons (Bridge River-Lillooet News, Lillooet, BC - Sept. 5, 2001)
On Aug. 21 and 22, Youth@BC students Molly Hudson and Myles Gregory offered free Internet instruction at the Fountain and Lillooet Band offices. Throughout the summer, Gregory has been travelling around southern BC with a fleet of laptop computers donated to the Library Services Branch by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Hudson has been working at the Lillooet Library teaching Internet courses and redesigning the library's web page.

New website (The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Sept. 8, 2001)
The website designed by Youth@BC students for the Powell River library will be up and running by early autumn. Over the summer, the students conducted over 100 Internet tutorials to Powell River and Texada Island residents.

Worm virus hits P.G. (The Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC - Sept. 21, 2001)
Thirteen public Internet access computer terminals had to be shut down at the Prince George Public Library after being hit by the computer virus called W32-Nimada.A.Worm. Earlier in the week two of the library's web servers were infected by the same virus. Library computer technician Joseph Stibrany says the problem is now contained and the system should be back up later in the day. This is the same virus that is currently effecting systems all over the world, including the complete shutdown of New Brunswick government computers.

Youngsters wrap up stint at library (Campbell River Mirror, Campbell River, BC - Sept. 26,2001)
The successful Youth@BC summer Internet program has ended for another year. The Vancouver Island Regional Library employed seven students for 10 weeks, in which time they provided 1,625 hours of basic Internet instruction to patrons in 17 of the library's 38 branches.

Aquaculture forum gets Website (Daily News, Prince Rupert, BC - Oct. 9, 2001)
Aquaculture is a popular topic Prince Rupert, so the Prince Rupert Public Library has set up a website on the subject. Chief librarian Allan Wilson said, "The public library is neither for nor against aquaculture, but like all web pages we create, we try to present all aspects of the issue so that individuals can make up their own minds." The information can be accessed though the library's website.

Library looking to update computers (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver, BC - Oct. 14, 2001)
Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is hoping that council will approve an expenditure of more than $1.5 million to upgrade the library's aging computer system. The current system is now over ten years old and, according to VPL director of systems and technical services Brian Campbell, no longer adequate and falling behind the standard set by other libraries. The new system would provide better access to library databases and the Internet, and create catalogues - and allow searches - in languages other than English. Systems librarian Janet Horner says, "What we have now is functional, but people's expectations have changed."


Writer reading (Vancouver Courier , Vancouver, BC - Sept. 9, 2001)
David Adams Richards will read from his East Becomes West series on Sept. 12 at the Vancouver Public Library.

Private eye poetry (Merritt Herald, Merritt, BC - Sept. 12, 2001)
Sooke poet and private investigator Wendy Morton will read from her first book of poems at the Merritt Public Library tonight at 7 p.m.

Newfoundland author reads at Terry Fox Library (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam, BC - Sept. 12, 2001)
Author Lillian Bouzane will read from her well-received first novel, In the Hands of the Living God, at the Terry Fox Library on Sept. 26. The reading is sponsored by the Fraser Valley Regional Library and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Author to visit local libraries (The Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Kimberley, BC - Sept. 19, 2001)
Castlegar writer Vi Plotnikoff will appear at the Kimberely and Cranbrook libraries to host readings of her work The Mysterious Death of a Doukhobor Leader. Plotnikoff is be known for her book Head Cook and Weddings and Funerals. Her tour is sponsored by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

Readings - Life stories (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver, BC - Sept. 19, 2001)
A group of Brock House writers will read from their new anthology called Reflections, which shares the personal perspectives of elderly citizens. The stories make up a diverse cultural collage, including works from Siberia, Panama, India, Pakistan, Denmark and Israel. The Vancouver Public Library is hosting the event.

The stories behind the news (The Gazette, Grand Forks, BC - Sept. 26, 2001)
BCTV reporter Mike McCardell will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Chasing the Story God, at the public library on Oct. 2. Badger Books is hosting the event.

Writers Murray and Peters read at the Oak Bay Library (Oak Bay News, Victoria, BC - Sept. 26, 2001)
Author Rona Murray will read from two of her novels on Sept. 27. Sheila Peters will read from her first collection of short stories on Sept. 29.

Writers to visit the library (Gabriola Sounder, Gabriola, BC - Sept. 28, 2001)
The Gabriola Island Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library will be hosting an evening of readings by four new writers on Oct. 10. Madeline Sonik, Robert Strandquist, Brian Payton and John Moore will share their respective works as part of a tour of various BC communities.

Rafe Mair in Coquitlam Oct. 10 (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam, BC - Sept. 29, 2001)
Controversial radio talk show host Rafe Mair will speak at the City Centre branch of Coquitlam Public Library on Oct. 10. Mair has written three books.

Fiction writer Whyte visits library (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Oct. 4, 2001)
Historical fiction writer Jack Whyte will read from his latest novel, Uther - part of his Dream of Eagles series - at the Brighouse branch of Richmond Public Library on Oct. 15. Whyte's works, dealing with 5th century Britain, the Roman occupation and the Arthurian legend, are very popular among library users according to librarian Linton Harrison. The program is sponsored by the Library Services Branch of the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services.

Trail native reads in Castlegar (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Oct. 9, 2001)
Veterinarian and author Dr. David Perrin will read from his book Don't Turn Your Back in the Barn at the Castlegar Public Library on Oct. 18. A reception will follow the reading.


Summer Reading Program participation numbers:
Burns Lake Public Library - 50 children attended the program's closing ceremony
Okanagan Regional Library's (ORL) Summerland Branch - 164 kids participated
ORL's Kelowna Branch - 1,051 children registered, over 10,000 books read
Whistler Public Library - 150 children read over 4000 books
Fraser Valley Regional Library's (FVRL) Agassiz Branch - 20 children win book draw prizes
FVRL's Pitt Meadows Branch - over 200 children read "thousands of books"
Burnaby Public Library - over 800 children received medals; $1,600 raised for children's collection
Vancouver Island Regional Library's (VIRL) Courtenay Branch - 226 participants
VIRL's Cowichan Branch - 26 kids received medals for reading at least 49 books
VIRL's Campbell River Branch - 280 kids registered, 7 read 49 or more books and received medals, 98 read at least 4 books and were awarded certificates
Nakusp Public Library - 65 kids took part, 25 were awarded achievement medals

World Youth volunteers to extend program (The Valley Echo, Invermere, BC - Sept. 5, 2001)
Although the Invermere Public Library's pre-school program was scheduled to come to a close shortly, it will continue for another three months. Two World Youth volunteers, exchange students from Canada and Sri Lanaka, will take over the program and keep it running until November.

Library is a preschooler's open pathway to learning (Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna, BC - Sept. 5, 2001)
Kelowna Area librarian Linda Buker gives an overview of the materials and programs available to children at Okanagan Regional Library branches.

Tall tales (Abbotsford Times, Abbostford, BC - Sept. 11, 2001)
Photo with caption: Mayor George Ferguson and Abbotsford Literacy Association president Sue Brigden read to children at the Clearbrook Library as part of Literacy Day celebrations. Stories were read in English, French and Punjabi.

Wanted: the scariest stories (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Sept. 15, 2001)
Coquitlam Public Library announced the start of its Second Annual Scary Story Writing Contest. Prizes will be awarded in two age categories, with winning entries also published in the Tri-City News.

Library offers free tutoring for children (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Sept. 19, 2001)
During October and November, the Richmond Public Library will be offering free tutoring for Grade 1 to 4 students. The tutoring will be provided one evening a week by volunteer teens who will attend a short training workshop before the program begins. Librarian Kirsten Andersen says this will be an excellent experience for both the students and the teens.

Read to Me and to them (The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, BC - Sept. 25, 2001)
The Fraser Valley Regional Library, the Kiwanis Club of Chilliwack and School District 33 will host a training session for would-be Read to Me program volunteers. Although the training is not mandatory to be involved in the program, Kiwanis spokesperson Peter Sheridan says, "It's a great opportunity to ask questions, learn what books the students are choosing these days, and about how the library can help with title suggestions." The Read to Me program has been a successful activity in the community for nearly 10 years.


Become a volunteer (Lakes District News, Burns Lake, BC - Sept. 5, 2001)
An appeal to the public for library volunteers. Some current library statistics are also offered (27,427 items in the collection with a circulation in 2000 of 57,234; the library had 1,422 patrons in 2000).

Library News (The Interior News, Smithers, BC - Sept. 12, 2001)
Information regarding library cards is provided, as well as an appeal for volunteers to work in the library and for involvement in the Friends of the Smithers Public Library group.

Volunteer gets new job (North Island Gazette, Port Hardy, BC - Sept. 12, 2001)
Later this month, Cheryl Reaume will be leaving the Port Alice branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library for her new position as the assistant branch librarian in Campbell River. Reaume has been with the Port Alice branch for 19 years.

Inspiring new club being proposed (The Hope Standard, Hope, BC - Sept. 13, 2001)
Regional librarian Lorraine Kelley is arranging a meeting to be held at the local library on Sept. 25 to explore the community interest in starting a book club. Fraser Valley Regional Library sponsored book clubs have special access to extended loan periods and background information for books used by club members.

Taking care of the details for 25 years (Campbell River Mirror, Campbell River, BC - Sept. 21, 2001)
Julie Clausen, branch head at the Campbell River branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL), will be retiring after 25 years of service to the library community. Clausen came to Canada from Britain in 1967 and began working at the library in 1976. At a party held in her honour on Sept. 14, VIRL executive director Penny Grant presented Clausen with a plaque on behalf of the VIRL board. Speaking about her future Clausen says, "It's going to be strange. I'll be coming into the library and be on the wrong side of the desk."

Library looks toward the future (Nelson Daily News, Nelson, BC - Sept. 26, 2001)
At a day-long retreat on Sept. 15, the Nelson Municipal Library Board looked toward the future by examining a comprehensive number of library issues, including a report on the current state of the library by chief librarian Deb Thomas. Thomas said, "I'm pleased that the board is taking time for a serious review of where we are now and where we are headed." Board chair Lynn Adams adds, "We want the library to be all it can be while remaining conscious of budgetary limitations."

Smooth transition for library (Peninsula News Review, Sidney, BC - Sept. 26, 2001)
Central Sannich residents have been eagerly applying for Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) cards in anticipation of the switch from the current Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) to the GVPL in Jan. of 2000. GVPL chair Bruce Andrews also expressed his appreciation for the smooth manner in which the transition is being handled by VIRL administrator Gary Nason.

Times, faces are a'changin' at Sooke library branch (Sooke News Mirror, Sooke, BC - Sept. 26, 2001)
Branch assistant Barbara Bambiger has retired after 23 years with the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Dave Drieger has been hired as the new area librarian. Also, new library hours and other staff changes are described.

Multi-talented artists build centre for the arts - Library promotes local talent to visitors (South Delta Leader, Delta, BC - Sept. 28, 2001)
The South Delta Library is currently hosting the first in a series of art exhibitions displaying the work of local artists. Local resident Tara Foote had the idea and made the proposal to library officials, who were very receptive. Foote says that because of the venue, everyone benefits, "We get people who do not usually view art, and people who do not usually go to libraries as well."

Changes afoot at North Island library branches (North Island Gazette, Port Hardy, BC - Oct. 3, 2001)
Overview of changes to the North Island branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library from area librarian Susan Yates, including: new staff at the Port Alice Branch; the Woss Branch has a new facility and automated system.

Libraries to open Mondays starting this month (The Delta Optimist, Delta, BC - Oct. 3, 2001)
The Fraser Valley Regional Library board has agreed to open the Ladner and South Delta branches on Mondays beginning Oct. 15. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be held at both libraries. A recent survey showed that 41 per cent of Delta library users supported an increase in operating hours, especially on Mondays.

Library's Teen Advisory council looking for members (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam, BC - Oct. 3, 2001)
The Coquitlam Public Library is looking for teens interested in talking about books, suggesting services, materials and programs and contributing to the library's teen Web pages. The Teen Advisory Council meets monthly from October to June.

Expanded library hours start today (Okanagan Sunday, Kelowna, BC - Oct. 7, 2001)
The success of a pilot project opening the regional library on Sundays has proved so successful that regular Sunday openings will resume today.

Mystery location (Burnaby News Leader, Burnaby, BC - Oct. 7, 2001)
In partnership with The Newsleader, The New Westminster Public Library is putting on a contest that asks readers to identify a building in a published picture. The first person to send in the right answer will win a special library prize package.

Library Now Open Sundays (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge, BC - Oct. 9, 2001)
The Maple Ridge Public Library will open on Sunday afternoon from now until the 2002 Easter weekend. Since opening in March, the new library has been "busier than ever", according to library manger Caro O'Kennedy. August patron visits to the library were up 60 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Prince Rupert responds to Kitkatla's need for books (Daily News, Prince Rupert, BC - Sept. 27, 2001)
The Kitkatla Band, located on Dolphin Island, is delighted by the response to their request for books from the Prince Rupert Public Library. "I am overwhelmed." said band manager Alex Weir. There are now nearly 2500 books ready to be shipped to the island. The only problem remains just how to get them there, since the band has no budget for shipping charges. Kitkatla librarian Teresa Ridley says the books will be transported by boat as and when they can.

Do we? Dewey? Boy, do we! (The Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Sept. 27, 2001)
Librarian Joan Richoz gives an explanation and history of the Dewey Decimal System.

Library week celebrated in NV District (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Oct. 12, 2001)
From Oct. 13 to 20, the three branches of the North Vancouver District Public Library will be holding a variety of events for all ages in celebration of library week. Activities include open houses, author readings, workshops, prize draws and a 75th birthday party for Winnie the Pooh.

Women's events pack October (Times-Colonist, Victoria, BC - Oct. 14, 2001)
The Greater Victoria Public Library will host a display during the month of October as part of Canadian Women's History Month.

Library books not getting enough respect (Vancouver Courier, Vancouver, BC - Oct. 14, 2001)
Damaged books are such a big problem for the Vancouver Public Library that the library is beginning a public awareness campaign to address the issue. Acting library director Eric Smith estimates that damage to and theft of books costs the library hundreds of thousands of dollars. "Treat these books with respect." is Smith's message.

Library workers accept deal (Goldstream News Gazette, Victoria, BC - Oct. 17, 2001)
About 240 Greater Victoria library workers have accepted a four-year contract that would give them an 8.5 per cent wage increase over the contract term. Medical benefits and pay equity issues were also addressed.

All eyes are on large print at the library (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Oct. 17, 2001)
Information about the library's large-print book collection, which now tops 4,500 titles.

Winning readers (The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Oct. 17, 2001)
The library received many glowing responses to their contest which asked residents what they liked best about the library. Randomly selected answers in three age categories won prizes for their authors. Typical praise for the library included the helpful staff, good book collection, Internet access and quiet atmosphere.

One for the books - celebrating at the library (Nelson Daily News - Nelson, BC - Oct. 17, 2001)
Oct. 20 to 27 is Know Your Library Week. This celebration of the library will include author readings, a silent auction, a Halloween party for kids and will conclude with the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Head librarian Deb Thomas says, "We're proud of our library, proud of the community that supports it and we want to ensure that everyone knows what we have to offer."



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