PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS CLIPPINGS - SEPT-NOV 2002
Paul St. Pierre visits library (Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC - Sept. 19, 2002)
Former Cariboo MP Paul St. Pierre will be speaking at the Williams Lake Library on Sept. 20. St. Pierre is an author and columnist whose most recent book is called Old Enough to Know Better.
Wetlands future in LeBoxs new book (Maple Ridge News, Maple Ridge, BC - Sept. 25, 2002)
A book launch will be held at the Maple Ridge Library on Sept. 27 for the release of the new childrens picture book, Salmon Creek, by retired Maple Ridge teacher Annette LeBox. The event will help raise money for the Pitt Polder Preservation Society.
Rockies author coming to Prince Rupert library (Daily News, Prince Rupert, BC - Oct. 4, 2002)
On Oct. 10 at the Prince Rupert Public Library, well-known author and Rocky Mountains expert Ben Gadd will be reading from his first novel, Ravens End. The free event is open to everyone.
Kid lit author meeting with children at local library (100 Mile House Free Press, 100 Mile House, BC - Oct. 9, 2002)
Kids will get a chance to meet with childrens author Kathy Waldron when she visits 100 Mile House Public Library on Oct. 10 to talk about her new book, Rough Day at Loon Lake. Waldron had visited the library last year and presented a rough draft version of the book.
Rafe Mair talks about his new book in Coquitlam Thursday (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam, BC - Oct. 12, 2002)
The Coquitlam Public Library will be hosting a reading from author, former politician and radio host Rafe Mair, who will discuss his newest work, Still Ranting: More Rants, Raves and Recollections. The Oct. 17 event is free, but registration is required.
Reading at library (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Oct. 15, 2002)
The public are invited to an evening featuring local writers reading from their works on Oct. 18. Organized by the Friends of the Trail Public Library, the event will feature emerging writers Lynne Phillips, Kate Skye and Madeleine Harlamovs.
Fans of childrens literature, mark your daytimers (Saanich News, Victoria, BC - Oct. 16, 2002)
Fans of Canadian childrens literature will want to book a seat at a Nov. 2 reading at the Nellie McClung Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library by authors Julie Lawson and Kit Pearson, both of whom will read from their latest works.
Poet reads Imagines (The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Oct. 16, 2002)
The Powell River District Public Library is hosting the book launch of Allan Browns new book of poetry, Imagines, on Oct. 19. The publication is made up of works written by the author over the last 25 years. This is a free event.
Eric Walters to speak at library (The Now, Surrey, BC - Oct. 19, 2002)
Best-selling childrens author Eric Walters, the writer of over 20 novels for children and young adults, will be reading at the George Mackie Branch of the Surrey Public Library on Oct. 28. Walters first novels were written for the reluctant readers of the Toronto grade 5 students he was teaching.
Library hosts local writers (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Oct. 24, 2002)
Two local sci-fi writers, Holly Phillips and Steven Mills, will be reading from their works at the Trail Public Library as part of the librarys Literary Arts series.
Adventure series has author at library (Delta Optimist, Delta, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
The Ladner Branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) will host author and world traveller Rosa Jordon, who will speak about her work and adventures. The reading takes place on Nov. 7 and is part of the librarys Spirit of Adventure series.
McCardell visits library (The Record, Burnaby, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
BCTV reporter and author Mike McCardell will be reading from his new collection of musings on the ordinary, Back Alley Reporter, at the New Westminster Public Library on Nov. 6.
Author to speak about outdoors (Maple Ridge News, Maple Ridge, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
On Nov. 14, the Maple Ridge Library will host an evening with author and outdoors enthusiast Jack Christie. Christie will be talking about his new book, 50 Best Day Trips from Vancouver (2002).
Meet B.C. history book author Nov. 13 (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Nov. 2, 2002)
History and travel fans should attend a reading at the Coquitlam Public Library by Rosemary Neering, whose latest book, A Travellers Guide to Historic British Columbia, tours the "backroad history" of the province.
Author at library (Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC - Nov. 5, 2002)
Childrens book illustrator Maxwell Newhouse will be at the Chilliwack Public Library to discuss his illustrating style and the historical aspects of his latest release, the artwork for Janet Lunns book Laura Secord: a story of courage.
Award-winning writer stops by Mission (Abbotsford Times, Abbotsford, BC - Nov. 5, 2002)
Journalist and award-winning writer Stephen Hume will be at the Mission Library on Nov. 20. He will be talking about his book Off the Map: Tales from the Road Less Travelled as part of the librarys Spirit of Adventure series.
Underwater archaeologist to speak at Mackie library (Delta Optimist, Delta, BC - Nov. 9, 2002)
Underwater archaeologist, TV documentarian and writer James Delgado will be speaking at the George Mackie Library on Nov. 14. Another in the FVRLs Spirit of Adventure presentations.
Award-winning author visits Terry Fox Library (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam, BC - Nov. 13, 2002)
Author and Holocaust survivor Lillian Boraks-Nemetz will be at the Terry Fox Library on Nov. 14 to talk about her books for young adults, including her award-winning autobiography, The Old Brown Suitcase. This free reading is made possible by assistance from the provinces Writers in Libraries Program.
DONATIONS & FUNDRAISING
TD Canada Trust funds RPL toy library (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Sept. 25, 2002)
Richmond Public Library (RPL) chief librarian Greg Buss responds to a letter-writer concerned that public money was spent to fund a toy library program: Buss points out that the RPLs Educational Toy Library was not funded by the government, but a donation of $10,000 from TD Canada Trust. Buss adds that the program (which currently stocks nearly 300 toys) has been very well received by parents, kids and educators.
Putt and read (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Sept. 28, 2002)
The second annual Links to Literacy golf tournament raised over $11,000 for the Port Moody Public Librarys childrens department.
Shopping points/library benefits (Prince George Free Press, Prince George, BC - Sept. 29, 2002)
Local Overwaitea grocery stores have joined with the Prince George Public Library for a new fund-raising program. From Oct. through Dec., patrons can donate their shopping points to the library. For every 1000 points donated, the library will get $1 plus a matching amount from Overwaitea. The money raised will be used to expand the librarys collections.
Book sale raised big money (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Sept. 30, 2002)
A book sale co-organized by the Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library and the Sunrise Rotarians raised almost $5,700. The proceeds will be split between the two groups.
Elkford Public Library gets ready for fun-filled season of events (Elk Valley Miner, Fernie, BC - Oct. 3, 2002)
The Elkford Public Library is in a fundraising frenzy. The next few months will see a flurry of activity such as a Harvest Moon Fall Fair, a concession at the Christmas Craft Fair and a 50s/60s dance. Librarian Sharon Gumowsky says, "The community of Elkford has always supported us generously and for this we are continually grateful." She adds that the public is welcome to submit any fundraising ideas they might have.
Bargains for bookworms (Daily Courier, Kelowna, BC - Oct. 10, 2002)
Last year the Friends of the Library attracted some unwanted publicity when it was discovered that books left over from the annual book sale would be trashed because the society had no room to store unsold items. The problem has now been resolved, with the society announcing it has rented space for storage (which currently holds around 14,000 books). Last years book sales raised about $25,000 for the library. This years sale runs from Oct. 24-26.
Ball to benefit Library/Museum (Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Oct. 10, 2002)
This years Halloween Fun Raiser Ball (on Oct. 26) will benefit the capital campaign for the new Library/Museum project. Tickets are $30 per person.
Volunteering by the books (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Oct. 12, 2002)
Profile of library supporter Mary Compston, who works to ensure that the Richmond Public Library has a pool of willing volunteers for various programs and book sales.
Spell success (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Oct. 15, 2002)
A Scrabble Night organized by the Friends of the Creston Public Library raised $155 toward the new library building.
Skating for literacy (Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC - Oct. 22, 2002)
Nearly 400 people participated in the Prince George Public Librarys fifth annual Skate for Literacy Event on Oct. 20. Participants were joined on the ice by the Spruce Kings hockey team, the Ice Girls, the mayor and local teachers and librarians. The exact amount collected has not been tallied. The goal was to raise $10,000.
Searching for a really good read (Revelstoke Times Review, Revelstoke, BC - Oct. 23, 2002)
Librarian Joan Holzer says the recent book sale collected more than $1,125. Sixty per cent of that will stay in Revelstoke, and the remainder will go to the Okanagan Regional Library. The money will be used to buy new spinning paperback towers.
Article with no title (Squamish Chief, Squamish, BC - Oct. 25, 2002)
The Squamish Public Librarys third annual Books and Beer fundraiser raised nearly $1,000 that the library will use to purchase new computers. The event featured a question and answer session with CTV talkshow host Vicki Gabereau.
A guide for waterfront living at library (Courtenay Comox Valley Record, Courtenay, BC - Oct. 25, 2002)
Two copies of the book On the Edge - Your Handbook for Waterfront Living have been donated to the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) by the Comox Valley Naturalists Society.
Special collections (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Nov. 1, 2002)
A seven-volume set of history books called We Were There, which celebrate veterans contributions to Canadas war effort, have been donated to the Lynne Valley Branch of the North Vancouver District Library by members of the Royal Canadian Legion.
BUDGETS & FINANCE
Residential library taxes decreased during past year (Armstrong Advertiser, Armstrong, BC - Oct.9, 2002)
Residential library taxes for Spallumcheen single dwelling property owners went down in the last year, from $29.56 in 2001 to $29.21 in 2002, for a dwelling assessed at $109,000. Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) executive director Lesley Dieno told council that the projected budget increase for 2003 would add $1.00 to $1.50 to the annual tax cost.
Enderby backs library budget (Morning Star, Vernon, BC - Oct. 13, 2002)
Despite a projected increase in the 2003 library budget, the City of Enderby has no complaints about the rate hike. Enderby council had previously been concerned about library spending, but Mayor Gordon Dale said the council is supportive of the increase, especially the money spent on expanding the book collection. Part of the increase will also go toward the expansion of the Enderby Branch of the ORL.
Library tab set at $80,000 (Similkameen Spotlight, Princeton, BC - Oct. 16, 2002)
If voters in Area H approve joining the ORL next month, the ORL could see a revenue jump from $4,500 per year to around $80,000. Currently, approx. 60 Area H households pay a $75 per year fee to use the Princeton Branch of the ORL. But if the vote passes, annual library taxes of somewhere between $42 and $45 would be collected from Area Hs 3179 parcels of land. ORL executive director Lesley Dieno says the money would be used to extend the hours of the Princeton Branch, purchase new materials and reduce the library levy in the districts other rural areas.
Library tax hike softened, says Day (Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna, BC - Oct. 23, 2002)
Kelowna city councillor Collin Day told council that the 3.99 per cent ORL tax hike for the year 2003 will actually be closer to two percent for home-owners, since some of the increase will be offset by revenue generated from increased building in the city. Day is the Kelowna rep. on the ORL board.
One buck helps library budget (Daily Courier, Kelowna, BC - Oct. 25, 2002)
The ORL board has given final approval to its 2003 budget, totalling $10.5 million. The amount is about four per cent higher than last year and will have an effect of about 1$ on the average home-owners taxes, going from $44 to $45. Some on council wondered what they would be getting for the additional funding, to which Don Nettleton, financial manger for the library system, responded, access to $500,000 worth of new books and other library materials.
Numbers show service cheaper with Surrey (Peace Arch News, White Rock, BC - Oct. 9, 2002)
White Rock could save 10 per cent in taxes if it shut down the citys library and started using the new Surrey branch just blocks away, but thats not likely to happen, at least not yet. White Rock council wants to wait and gauge the impact of the new Surrey facility on its library. And even if the plan meant fiscal sense, it would probably be bad politics, says White Rocks chief administrator, Wayne Baldwin. Because Surrey residents did not have a branch in the area, many have been using the White Rock Branch of the FVRL for years. The new Surrey facility could have a drastic effect on use of the nearby White Rock library, which could result in reduced funding by the FVRL.
Pitt pays extra for Ridge books (Maple Ridge Pitt-Meadows Times, Maple Ridge, BC - Oct. 15, 2002)
Every time a Pitt Meadows resident runs to the new library in neighbouring Maple Ridge, it costs the municipality more in taxes. This is due to the current FVRL funding formula, which can break down costs to a cost-per-book-lent amount. Pitt Meadows costs run $2.20 per item, while Maple Ridge checks out at $3.60. This means that each time a Pitt Meadow resident borrows a Maple Ridge book, it costs Pitt Meadows and additional 1.40, to the tune of about $8,600 per year. While some Pitt councillors feel they are being penalized, council liaison on the FVRL board, Randy Cooke, says the only real way to deal with the issue is to try and convince Pitt residents to use their own library.
EV libraries hoping for increased RDEK grants (Elk Valley Miner, Fernie, BC - Sept. 26, 2002)
A new Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) funding policy will mean more money for Elk Valley (EV). Under the new formula, money collected in the EV will stay there, rather than being distributed to other areas of the RDEK. The issue came up when Sparwood Public Library librarian Jim Bertoia raised concerns about money collected in EV going toward the new library in Cranbrook.
More cash for museums, libraries if politicians agree (Coast Reporter, Sechelt, BC - Oct. 20, 2002)
Sunshine Coast libraries could be getting more financial support from local government if politicians can agree on how to provide more cash. Currently, both the Sechelt Public Library and the Gibsons & District Public Library provide service to residents of Roberts Creek, though Creekers do not pay any tax toward the operation of the library. Even a $60 per year user charge Sechelt has slapped on Roberts Creek residents for using the library, and an approved $10,000 to be split between Sechelt and Gibsons do not reflect the cost of actual use, which Sechelt library chair Gary Foxall pegs at more like $48,000 a year. Regional director Adrian Belshaw, speaking for Roberts Creek, says that residents are willing to pay more for library use, but not unless they have the same rights as paying participants, such as some clout in approving library budgets. Belshaw hopes an agreement he can take the residents of Roberts Creek can be worked out.
Cultural centre, library funding face referendum (Alaska Highway News, Fort St. John, BC - Oct. 28, 2002)
On Nov. 16, a Peace River Regional District bylaw will ask voters if they support the introduction of regional library services which would add an estimated $20.42 to the property taxes of a home valued at $100,000. The vote will have to be approved by residents of Areas B, C, D and part of Area E to pass.
COPE promises to extend library hours (Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
Three Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) candidates in the upcoming municipal election have pledged to end the yearly week-long shutdown of all Vancouver Public Library branches. An internal memo released by COPE outlines a plan costing roughly $250,000 that would use staff re-organization and additional funding to achieve the goal. But defenders of the current state of the library claim the library has done very well when compared to other municipal institutions. And acting library director Eric Smith says the current management is committed to maintaining services without cutting hours. One cope candidate called the library closures "an embarrassment to the city."
Library budget rebuffed (Oak Bay News, Victoria, BC - Nov. 6, 2002)
A preliminary 2003 budget increase of 5.8 per-cent for the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) is not sitting well with members of the Oak Bay council, whose members are concerned about such a substantial jump in costs. The Oak Bay liaison to the GVPL said the members concerns would be made know to the library board.
Taxpayers to pay more for library (Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC - Nov. 6, 2002)
Nanaimo city council has approved a 2 per-cent increase in the cost for regional library services provided through the VIRL.
Rural residents given straight goods (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Oct. 1, 2002)
Fifty or 60 Area C residents showed up for a public meeting to discuss the details of the upcoming referendum determining the fate of a new Cranbrook Public Library facility. Area C rep. Mike Kartasheff was concerned about the small turnout, but was generally pleased with the meeting. Attendees were told that if the vote passes, $4 million would be borrowed to build a new 15,000 sq. ft. building, with the city paying 80 per cent and Area C paying the remainder over a 25 year term. In order for the referendum to pass, 50 per cent plus one support must be achieved in both the city and Area C.
Library vote coming down to the crunch (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Oct. 28, 2002)
With less than a month to go until the referendum that will decide if Cranbrook gets a new library, the "Yes" supporters are moving into overdrive. Library board and "Yes Committee chair Derryll White says things are going really well. Signs have started to sprout up on the lawns of library supporters and a series of posters is being displayed around the city and Area C. But White adds that no civic lands will be used to promote the cause. And whenever possible, the "Yes Committee is trying to gauge the position of council hopefuls. "The committee takes the view that a library is a service," White said. "It adds to the social, cultural and economic fabric of the area."
Library issue dominates special chamber luncheon (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC - Oct. 31, 2002)
The three mayoral candidates were forced to defend their records on the issue of the public library when questions regarding the upcoming library referendum dominated a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Half the questions put forward to the panel were about the library, most of those centred around the escalating costs of the new library project. All three candidates, made up of the incumbent mayor and two sitting councillors, said they were for the new library and would re-visit the issue even if the referendum was defeated.
Library referendum (The Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Kimberley, BC - Nov. 8, 2002)
Letter to the editor from Cranbrook Public Library Board Chair Derryll White, in which he gives background regarding the upcoming library referendum, with a focus on the financial details.
Costs rising for new library (Cowichan Pictorial, Duncan, BC - Oct. 6, 2002)
The architectural managers tasked with designing the new VIRLs new Cowichan Branch must go back to the drawing board in the face of rising costs. The originally budgeted $2.5 million, 12, 800 sq. ft. facility has now jumped to $2.7 million (after an infusion of cash from a capital reserve fund), but its still not known if CJP Architects can deliver the sloped-roof design and the other additions to the plans for that price. CJP boss David Cuan will speak with the Cowichan Community Centre Commission (CCCC) this week. Other commission concerns include finding a contractor who can build to the budget and future un-planned expenses.
Library will be late, but on budget (Cowichan News-Leader, Duncan, BC - Oct. 16, 2002)
Design changes to the future Cowichan library will set the project back a few weeks, but the facility will be built within the limits of the $2.7 million budget, says George Seymour, chair of the CCCC.
Commission goes for flat-roofed library (Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC - Nov. 3, 2002)
The CCCC has approved a redesign of the new library, which includes a switch from a sloped to a flat-roof design. Duncan councillor and commission member Ken Newcomb was the only one to vote against the roof design and also wanted to examine the possibility of a two-level structure with some revenue potential. But commission chair George Seymour said that there was no point in delaying the project any further. Once the final design has been delivered, the project will go to tender with a construction starting date slated for March 2003.
Book "em (The Peace Arch News, White Rock, BC - Sept. 21, 2002)
Photo with caption: Surrey mayor Doug McCallum, Surrey Public Library board chair Alex Dantzer and Insp. Reg Reeves flipped sod at the ground-breaking for the new Surrey library/RCMP detachment facility. The $6.8 million building will open next year.
Readers find new home (Langley Advance News, Langley, BC - Oct. 4, 2002)
The new Murrayville Branch of the FVRL will be opened to the public tomorrow, bringing the total of FVRL library sites in the area to five. A ribbon-cutting and special activities for kids are planned.
Library expansion on the books (Morning Star, Vernon, BC - Oct. 13, 2002)
The ORL will be busy over the next few years as they remodel, expand or build new branch libraries throughout the district. The largest of these projects is the building of the new facility in Vernon, set for 2002, which takes up five per cent of the total budget. Golden recently finished and interior refurbishing, while Enderbys larger operation will open in Dec. and Okanagan Falls will get a new branch in early 2003. These capital works projects reflect the need to address branch size deficiencies when it comes to community needs.
Cominco opposed to new library (Nelson Daily News, Nelson, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
The "Yes" signs in the widows of the Trail and District Public Library have to go according to a letter of complaint from the communitys largest employer, Teck Cominco. At Mondays city council meeting, it was made known that Cominco, who does not support the upcoming referendum that will determine if a new library will be built, felt it was unfair that a city-owned building be allowed to publicly support any one site. Cominco would see its property taxes raised by about $190,000 a year if the $5.5 million plan (built with funds borrowed over the next 25 years) goes ahead. In his letter, Cominco vice-president Doug Magoon requested, alternatively, that Cominco be allowed to post a sign of their own in an adjacent window. Trail council was split in their opinions on the situation.
Barnet site set for library (Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
An Oct. 28 council meeting saw the first step taken in the building of a new library in Powell River - the transfer of a plot of land to the Powell River District Library Development Society. Library board chair Lachlan Whatley was "ecstatic" about the move, but adds that a new facility is still at least four years away. He also called the decision "a testament to the leadership of the current council." The society is a separate vehicle from the library due to the fact that the Library Act prohibits public librarys from owing real estate.
Library, museum to make pitches (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Nov. 1, 2002)
To show Trail citizens what they would be voting for in the upcoming referendum, the Trail Public Library and museum will hold an open house on Nov. 2. Visitors can see for themselves the crowded and outdated condition of the library, which is celebrating its 75th year of operation. "While I really love the librarys historic, battleship linoleum laid in 1962," says librarian Joy Huebert, "I think area residents would very much enjoy the benefits of a spacious, comfortable modern building." A "Yes vote for the referendum would add $32 per $100,000 assessment to property taxes to build a new facility.
RPL asks city for financial assistance (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Nov. 2, 2002)
The Richmond Public Library wants to give its Brighouse branch a nearly $1 million facelift and hopes the city will be able to help pay for it. Richmond Public Library board chair Lesley Wood Bernbaum told council on Nov. 1 that the library already has $775,000 on hand to do the job, but hopes that the board can receive "speedy approval" for the remainder. Other plans for the Richmond library system include the construction of two new branches. While Richmond councillors support the award-winning public library (which ranks as one of the best in the country), no offers of addition financial support were proffered at the meeting, with one council member suggesting that public-private partnerships should be examined as a way to offset costs. Chief librarian Gregg Buss said that all options are being explored.
Surrey library service is going global, 24-7 (The Leader, Surrey, BC - Sept. 20, 2002)
On Nov. 16 Surrey Public Library became part of a unique online partnership that will eventually allow patrons to gets answers to their questions 24 hours a day. The "Global Librarian" system teams Surrey with libraries in Ontario, the UK and (soon) Australia to create a global source for information queries. For a small $500 investment, Surrey library staff have collaborated with their peers to establish a website with common procedures and protocols, ensuring that customers receive standard responses from wherever they enter the system. The addition of Surrey moves the service to 20 hours per day, which will expand to 24 when Australia comes online at the end of the year.
From the "Business" column (The Now, Surrey, BC - Sept. 25, 2002)
The Surrey Public Library has won a national award for its Community Connections website. It was one of 19 public libraries across Canada to receive a 2002 LibraryNet Best Practices Award from Industry Canada. The site hosts links to social services in the city.
Language of learning (The Now, Surrey, BC - Nov. 6, 2002)
Photo with caption: Last week the Strawberry Hill Branch of the Surrey Public Library debuted the only computer-based language-learning laboratory in the province open to the general public. The self-teaching software program can help improve English reading, writing and speaking skills.
Lots of computers at new library (Langley Times, Langley, BC - Oct. 6, 2002)
The newly opened Murrayville Branch of the FVRL in Langley is the communitys first high-tech library branch, boasting 26 public use computers. Because the large number of children that frequent the library, special chairs, modified for kids computer use, have even been included. This is the first new library to open in Langley for over 20 years.
Borrow more books online (North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC - Oct. 6, 2002)
Library patrons of the City of North Vancouver can now access the catalogues of all BC libraries by going to the librarys website and clicking on OutlLook Online. Requests can be placed from home or the librarys computers. Instructions for use of the service are available at the library.
Moody library launches Website (Coquitlam Now, Coquitlam, BC - Oct. 26, 2002)
The Port Moody Public Library has launched its new website, completed in partnership with the Smart Choices project. Chief librarian Dana Guinn calls the new site an e-branch, offering many new services such as in-depth collection information, programs, services and governance. Patrons can submit reference questions, access thousands of full-text magazine subscriptions and place holds on popular books. The Kids Site boasts a dramatic navigation page.
Unveiling (Creston Valley Advance, Creston, BC - Nov. 4, 2002)
The Creston Public Library will hold a launch party for its new website on Nov. 6. The site, which provides 24 hour-a-day access to the librarys services and collections, was designed by two local students who were hired through the provinces Youth@BC Program.
ORL embraces new technology (Armstrong Advertiser, Armstrong, BC - Nov. 6, 2002)
Use of the ORLs website has jumped by 75 per cent over the last year, according to ORL financial manager Don Nettleton. Local library use of computers is also up 50 per cent. "I think well see a lot of continued growth in this area," says Nettleton. The ORL also benefited last year from a $60,000 federal grant as part of the Community Access Program, designed to increase Internet access across the country. The money was used to offset the cost of a $125,000 mainframe computer.
Illustrator demonstrates talent (100 Mile House Free Press, 100 Mile House, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
Illustrator Melanie Rose will be visiting the 100 Mile House Branch of the Cariboo Regional District Library, just one stop of many on her official tour as part of TD Canadian Childrens Book Week taking place from Nov. 2 - 9 across Canada. Rose will show how the illustration process works from start to finish. Her works include M is for Maple and Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet. Book Week was started 25 years ago by the Canadian Childrens Book Centre and is now the largest celebration of childrens literacy in the country.
Hockey theme at library (Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC - Nov. 1, 2002)
Calgary author William Roy Brownridge, known for his young adult books with hockey themes, will be visiting the Parksville Branch of the VIRL as part the librarys activities for Canadian Childrens Book Week. NHL hockey great Howie Meeker (a Parksville resident) is also scheduled to attend the event.
Extra steps to promote reading (Elk Valley Miner, Fernie, BC - Sept. 26, 2002)
The School Year Reading Club is a new program presented by the Sparwood Public Library that librarian Jim Bertoia hopes will spark kids to read all year round. The club will focus on kids from grades 1 to 7 and offer prizes at the end of the school year. Record books have been provided so kids can keep track of what they have read. The library has also modified its pre-school Storytime sessions, adding a craft-making component based on the books presented.
Public libraries are a great place to start (Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC - Oct. 3, 2002)
Article on the importance of exposing children to literacy at a young age. Some of the Vancouver Public Library programs for young readers include: The Mother Goose Program - orally based starter program for parents/caregivers designed to communicate with babies; The Baby Time Program - for birth to 18 moths of age, each session is 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, lap games and stories; The Summer Reading Club - helps kids keep reading during summer vacation; The Write Stuff - book camp for aspiring readers and writers ages nine to 11 (not a free program like the others, but scholarships are available); Man on the Moon - a program encouraging men and boys to read together; The Readalong Program - tutors assist kids who need help with reading.
Calling all young writers, poets (Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Oct. 3, 2002)
Aspiring writers and poets ages 12 to 18 are invited to enter the Whistler Public Librarys third annual Young Adult Writers Contest. Winners will receive a cash prize and have their work published on the librarys website.
Library links into toy lending program (Trail Daily Times, Trail, BC - Oct. 8, 2002)
As part of the Trail and District Librarys strategic vision to improve services for children, all members of the library can now borrow toys and other items from the Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCRRP). The CCRRP has been serving the Trail community for over 11 years and holds over 1,000 resources to loan. A grant to the library will also allow the creation of a "state-of-the-art" childrens section, which has already seen some improvements thanks to money from the BC Gaming Commission and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Words, pictures come together (The Now, Surrey, BC - Oct. 9, 2002)
Nine year old Julia Wiebe has been selected as the winner of the Surrey Public Librarys "I Love My Library" art contest, which asked contestants to draw a picture to show much they loved their library and books. Wiebe received a certificate and some books in a new bag sporting her artwork. The library has had 10,000 of the bags made and are selling them for 50 cents each. The campaign was designed to raise awareness about reading and the importance of caring for library books.
Youth sought for new library board (Nelson Daily News, Nelson, BC - Oct. 22, 2002)
The Nelson Municipal Library is offering a new way for teens to get involved with the library by forming the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB members must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and duties would include attending meetings, assisting the selection of young adult library materials, fundraising and generally improving teen awareness about the library. Prospective members must have parental approval and a library card in good standing.
Weekly story time captivates young at library (Oliver Chronicle, Oliver, BC - Oct. 23, 2002)
Profile of the Oliver Librarys story time program, its schedule and activities. Librarian David Finnis says of the sessions for pre-schoolers, "We make it an exciting place for them. There are book bags and it is bright and welcoming."
Library to hold writing workshop for teenagers (Richmond Review, Richmond, BC - Oct. 26, 2002)
The Richmond Public Library will be hosting a free writers workshop for teens between the ages of 12 and 16. The session will be given by UBC childrens literacy student Naomi Hamer and will cover letter writing and diaries as they are used in fiction. Personalized instruction will be provided.
The Reading Castle (The Fort Nelson News, Fort, Nelson, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
The Childrens section of the Fort Nelson Public Library has undergone a design change with a medieval motif in mind. A newly constructed throne and activity table provide a focus for reading, story-telling, game playing and a puppet theatre. Kids can join the Knights of the Reading Table and experience a new adventure in every book.
AROUND THE PROVINCE
Library workers give book of letters to board (Delta Optimist, Delta, BC - Nov. 9, 2002)
CUPE library workers employed by the FVRL have been without a contract for almost two years. As part of an attempt make their feelings known to the FVRL board and local politicians, library workers have published a book, entitled Library Letters, made up of letters in which employees and patrons discuss the ongoing contract situation. CUPE Local 1698 president Marina Kristjanson hopes the book will have some modest effect on improving the relationship between the two parties. A copy of the book was sent to every FVRL board member and municipal councillor.
FV library dispute drags on (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Nov. 13, 2002)
Its now been four months since negotiations between library workers and the FVRL broke down. FVRL chief administrative officer Jean Dirksen has hinted that there may be a new offer to the union, but the details could not be divulged until the workers are notified. But without further discussions being set, the systems 300 workers may not find out about it for some time. Library staff have been without a contract since the end of 2000.
Library workers union hoping for a fair contract (Richmond News, Richmond, BC - Nov. 13, 2002)
Richmond Public Library staff are heading to the bargaining table and hope to avoid the situation that occurred the last time it came to negotiate their contract. "The last round of bargaining in 2000 led to a one-day strike," says bargaining committee chairperson for CUPE Local 3966, Brian Peaslee. Peaslee says the biggest union concern at this point is the ramifications of budget cuts, but chief librarian Greg Buss says he has no indication from the city that any substantial cuts are due. The library employs 120 people made up of full-time, part-time and auxiliary staff.
Librarian witnesses Goldens evolution (Golden Star, Golden, BC - Sept. 25, 2002)
Profile of Golden librarian Lynda Whitwell, who has been with the library for 24 years. Whitwell comments on the changes she has seen over the years, including the demographic change that took place when the local ski resort opened, and the recent renovations. "The library is a very satisfying, very worthwhile place to work," she says.
Workshop launches library planning (Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC - Sept. 25, 2002)
Any major changes to the Salt Spring Island Public Library are a long way off, but the long-term planning committee appointed by the library board will be gauging the public and asking for input at their initial meeting to be held on Oct. 2. Topics to be considered include the librarys current location, its size and the all-volunteer staff model. The committee would especially like to hear from younger patrons, since they are the ones who will be primarily using the library over the next few decades. "This is not a one-work-shop decision," stressed committee chair Lyda Smith. "It is an organized, methodical and thoughtful way of making a decision on what we may decide to do in the next 10 to 15 years."
Board supports library bid (Shuswap Market News, Salmon Arm, BC - Sept. 27, 2002)
The Silver Creek Branch of the ORL has gotten the support of the local school board in the branchs bid to extend its hours of operation. The branch would like to add five hours a week to its current 10 hour per week schedule. Community librarian Glenna Hines states that the current hours of operation are based on 1992 census figures while other branches use 1996 numbers. The library rep. from the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District is recommending that the ORL finance committee approve the request. If approved, the new hours would go into effect some time in 2003.
"Library-to-you comes to Oliver (Oliver Chronicle, Oliver, BC - Oct. 2, 2002)
The Oliver Branch of the ORL is starting a new program that will connect the library, volunteers and those who cannot physically get to the library. The Library at You Door Program will assist homebound library users by pairing them with volunteers who will deliver and pick up books selected especially for individual readers needs. Volunteers will be put through a training program and a criminal records check before they begin their duties. Librarian David Finnis will meet with the volunteers each month to discuss how the program is doing.
Plenty of ESL resources at local libraries (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Oct. 9, 2002)
Article about the resources available at the public library to assist people wanting to learn or improve their English language skills. Resources include beginner picture dictionaries, a variety of grammar guides and ESL kits made up of workbooks and audiotapes, and test preparation materials for those preparing to take the Test of English as a Foreign Student.
Locals surveyed on library hours (Undercurrent, Bowen Island, BC - Oct. 11, 2002)
The Bowen Island Public Library has sent a short survey to all postal address on the island. The library is interested in getting opinions about the librarys hours of operation and when and if respondents are using the facility.
Hows the library doing? (Coast Reporter, Sechelt, BC - Oct. 13, 2002)
Sechelt Public Library patrons will be handed a brief questionnaire between Oct. 15 and 25. The library wants to know what users priorities are and any comments they might have about the library. The library board will use the responses as part or their planning process for the next two years.
Fall series showcases home-grown talent (Interior News, Smithers, BC - Oct. 16, 2002)
The fall series at the Hazleton District Public Library will give people a chance to connect with some of the home-grown artistic talent the area has to offer. The current line-up includes filmmaker and environmental activist Monty Basset, writer and Gitxsan hereditary chief Art Wilson, and artist and writer Leslie Barnwell. Librarian Eve Hope says that by hosting the series in a library context, members of the community will not only get to know their resident artists better, but theyll also be introduced to their local library.
Do you know your library? (Nelson Daily News, Nelson, BC - Oct. 18, 2002)
Nelson Municipal Library is hosting its third annual Know Your Library event on Nov. 7. The evening (which includes a buffet dinner and silent auction) is being presented as a way to raise awareness about the library in the community. Tickets are $25.
Local library faces high expectations, low budgets (Tri-City News, Port Coquitlam, BC - Oct. 19, 2002)
Letter to the editor from Port Moody Public Library trustee Wendy Koeppen in which she discusses the increased pressures on the library (due, for instance, to the closure of school libraries), funding issues, the librarys continued growth and good performance when measured against other lower mainland libraries. Finally, she suggests voters in the upcoming municipal election use the library as a resource and to find out where the candidates stand on library service.
Table theft no picnic (Morning Star, Vernon, BC - Oct. 20, 2002)
Despite being attached to a grate with a heavy lock and chain, somebody managed to make off with a picnic table outside the Vernon Library. The table was used by both patrons and staff, and was located only 100 feet from the local police station.
Library announces changes to staff and board (Bridge River-Lillooet News, Lillooet, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
The library announced a number of changes to its board, plus the retirement of Bridge River librarian Edith Lovey (Lovey has been with the library for 14 years), to make way for new librarian Roberta Miller. The library has also received a $1,000 grant from the Koerner foundation to purchase DVDs and CDs of Canadian music. Youth@BC student Crystal Adolph will continue giving free Internet instruction up until Christmas.
Seniors love Sunday library (Goldstream News Gazette, Victoria, BC - Oct. 30, 2002)
With the nearby seniors centre closed on Sundays, the Juan de Fuca Branch of the GVPL is taking advantage of the situation and its new Sunday hours of operation to make seniors welcome at the library at a special event on Nov. 3. The library is offering tours of the facility, areas to relax, play cards and enjoy complimentary refreshments. A popular option is to learn a bit about using a computer and the Internet. The Sunday hours have proved a big success, with almost 700 items borrowed on the first day of the new service.
The role of a local library (Nelson Daily News, Nelson, BC - Nov. 5, 2002)
Article by Nelson Municipal Library librarian Deb Thomas in which she presents some of the library issues voters should consider before casting a ballot in the upcoming municipal elections. Thomas gives some background about the librarys funding, both local and provincial, in the areas of operating grants and program funding for services such as Internet access.
Reader, thief racks up huge library bill (Abbotsford Times, Abbotsford, BC - Nov. 5, 2002)
An Abbotsford woman was more than a little shocked when she received a bill in the amount of $1,205 from the FVRL for 48 books that were not returned. The only problem was that she never took out the books. Kelly Gibes had visited her local library only a few times, so when her car was broken into in June, she never thought about her library card as something she needed to report missing. The thief, however, took advantage of the situation and borrowed books as near to the limit on a single visit (50) as possible. It took the library a while to catch up to Gibbs, as she had moved. The librarys position is that a library card is like your Visa - be sure to report it missing right away. Unlike a Visa, though, Gibbs is still on the hook for the unlawful charges. Gibbs feels the library should have better security measures. Most of the books "borrowed" were about bombs, Hitler and growing pot.
Library looking to move collection (Peace River Block Daily News, Dawson Creek, BC - Nov. 6, 2002)
The public may soon have a better chance to see some of the best historical documents dealing with the Peace River area. The Calverley Collection, an extensive collection of materials about the Peace River region culled by the late Dorthea Calverley, is a valuable resource currently housed in a locked room above the library, and only available for viewing when staff have time oversee its use. But the library and the Calverley Planning Group have made a request to city council for a grant that would see the collection moved downstairs where it would be accessible to all. Council deferred the request to its capital budget discussions. The Calverley Collection has had a higher profile of late since a sample of its documents were made available on the Internet in 1999.
A busy week at the library (Whistler Question, Whistler, BC - Nov. 14, 2002)
From Oct. 20 to 26 the Whistler Public Library, along with all the other public libraries in the province, participated in the "Typical Library Week Survey." This is the second year the survey was conducted [by the Public Library Services Branch of the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal & Womens Services]. Some of the results include (number from previous year): Number of people who used the library - 2,631 (2,608); items checked out - 2,401 (2,243); accessed the library website - 770 (697); joined the library - 257 (200); reference questions - 141 (117).
Vancouver library plan on hold (CKNW/AM980, Vancouver, BC - Nov. 28, 2002)
A controversial plan to extend hours of service at the Vancouver Public Library has been put on hold for the time being. The reorganization has been postponed until the incoming city council appoints new directors to the Library Board. During the civic election, the Coalition of Progressive Electors opposed the bid to create management positions while eliminating union ones. CUPE local 391 argues the plan will reduce the quality of service. The library argues the reorganization will lead to more library hours.