Morinville Library wins Minister’s Award

Library Manager Isabelle Cramp poses with the award the library received over the weekend.
By Staff

Morinville – The Morinville Public Library was the recipient of a prestigious award over the weekend for its genealogy program. The library was presented with the 2011 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Library Service (for a community under 15,000) by the Honourable Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs. The presentation took place at the Alberta Library Conference held at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper.

Library Manager Isabelle Cramp who along with board member Joseph Trapani accepted the award on behalf of the library is pleased to be one of two provincial recipients of the Minister’s Award.

“I am extremely pleased that the Morinville Library is receiving the 2011 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Library Service for our Genealogy Program,” Cramp said. “A lot of time and effort went into creating and running this program for our library so it is very rewarding to receive recognition for it.”

But Cramp is not alone in her joy. April Heppleston, who coordinates the genealogy program, is also pleased the popular program has resulted in some provincial recognition.

“I was delighted to hear that we were to be honoured with the Minister’s Award,” Heppleston said. “This encouragement gives one an injection of energy to further develop genealogy programming in the coming year.”
Councillor Lisa Holmes, vice chair of the Library Board said the award is well deserved and honours the hard work put into the program.
“There is a quote that says that ‘Great Libraries have always looked to both the future and the past’ – and that statement is true of Morinville’s Library.” Holmes said. “The genealogy program is just one of several wonderful programs and services that the library offers to our community. As a trustee on the Library Board, I am proud to be a part of such an important community institution. This award is the culmination of so much hard work and dedication by the staff and it is well deserved.”
Although the award was announced and presented Friday, it will be formally presented to the Library Board and staff by Minister Goudreau at an open house and reception planned for May 15 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Morinville Public Library.

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