By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – Staff at the Morinville Public Library are not letting reduced space stand in their way of celebrating library month which kicked off throughout the nation Saturday. This year’s celebrations of all things literary, cultural and social will take place locally with a month-long contest and an opportunity for patrons to show what their library means to them.
Librarian Cheryl Pasechnik said this year’s theme is titled Your Library: A Place Unbound. In recognition of the theme, a poster campaign is being conducted whereby library users can go to youralbertalibrary.com and design a personalized poster of all the different services the patron uses and what they like the best.
“You make a poster about what your library means to you,” Pasechnik said of the poster campaign. “You forward it to the library and we’ll hang it up.”
But those looking to design a poster will soon find that Alberta’s libraries want people to know that libraries today are far more than a collection of books. Pasechnik explained the Morinville Public Library has access to Overdrive, a digital library service that allows patrons to download e-books and audio books from their home computers. Additionally, the library hosts a number of clubs for a variety of interests, lends movies, video games and magazines as well as hosts an annual craft show in conjunction with Morinville’s Christmas Festival.
Overdue book holders to be rewarded
But for those who borrow books you can hold, particularly those who hold on to them a little longer than they ought, the library has a special contest running throughout October.
“For the month of October if you come in and pay your fines, you get to put your name in for a draw for an e-reader,” Pasechnik said, noting the Morinville Public Library has the highest number of e-book downloads of all of the 48 libraries in the Northern Lights Library district. “Our patrons love the Overdrive. On our stats for each month, we are usually in the top three [and] most of the time the top library in the Northern Lights System”
Pasechnik said there are currently 4,500 titles available for electronic download and that more books are added all the time.
For more information on Library Month, drop into the Morinville Public Library’s temporary location in the basement of the RC Parish Hall of visit them online at morinvillelibrary.ca.