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A great summer at Crowsnest Community Library

Friday, 13 September 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

A great summer at Crowsnest Community Library

Madi Harrison has earned some fantastic prizes thanks to her dedication to summer reading. Photo courtesy of Diane deLauw



A great summer at Crowsnest Community Library

By Diane deLauw

Through the Chinook Arch Regional Library System, local teens had the opportunity to participate in Lethbridge Library’s Top Summer Read 2013 contest.

Madi Harrison from Crowsnest Pass was the grand prize winner! She took home a new Sony E-Reader, and 16 new books.

Madi also won one of the program’s earlier prizes, a book bag package.

Teen summer programs have been available at the library for the last couple of years. Teens can participate on their own time, by reading and following online instructions. We look forward to what might be offered next summer.

The TD Summer Reading Program was a big hit at the library this year. The library offered a preschool program, and one for school-aged children. The six-week program was well attended, and quite popular. Children had the opportunity to read, be read to, play games, do crafts, and see old friends or meet new ones.

Public computers are a big draw at the library. We have many local residents that come in to use them. This summer we had the opportunity to add two new computers to our collection. We now have six that can be used by the public. They have all received software upgrades.

The Wi-Fi system has been upgraded as well, for those who bring their own devices to the library. Computer access is available to the general public. No membership is required.

The library is always adding new items to the collection. A list of new books and DVDs is available online at www.crowsnestpasslibrary.ca . This summer a Sony E-Reader was added to the collection, for loan to library members. New e-books and audiobooks are also available for those who download and read or listen on E-Readers and other devices.

Borrowing from the library does require a membership. Annual memberships are available at the low cost of $10 per household, and can be waived for special circumstances.

Several tourists have been stopping by the library this summer. Maybe the new sign on the highway brings these people in. Some of them will use a computer, or the Wi-Fi. Others will pick up a book from our little summer book sale table. If they have an Alberta Library Card they can borrow our books as well.

We’ve had a lot of compliments from people regarding the open, inviting atmosphere, and the attractive structure of the building.

Our library had the opportunity to help out some flood victims from High River (and Calgary as well). Most libraries in the Chinook Arch region offered free library services to High River residents, as they not only lost some of their homes, they also lost their library. High River is part of the Marigold Library System, not Chinook Arch, but that was never an issue. Marigold and the Town of High River have started the process of relocating and rebuilding the High River library.



From the Sept. 4/13 print edition of Shootin’ the Breeze.
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