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The Spirited Library - Becoming the "Centre for Nearly Everything" 
Marcie Fofonoff, part-time Family Literacy Coordinator at the Chetwynd
Public Library in Northeast British Columbia 

Libraries have tremendous potential for being real community centres
providing space and programming to everyone, across generations and
cultures. They are free, and are holding centres for diversity of
opinions, building awareness, and providing learning opportunities. As
such centres they can create great opportunities for community based
literacy programs. At our library we define literacy as starting with
participation in the community, and in the world - a feeling of
belonging. The first place of learning takes place in the home, and we
try to create an extension of that home - a comfort zone. 

Starting with a presentation of our environment and programs, this
session is meant to be interactive with an exchange of ideas of what we
all do to bring people into the library, to get them to return, to take
libraries to the people, and the role libraries play in learning
throughout life. 

Operating with the belief that all things are tied together, the library
staff members at the Chetwynd Public Library in Northeast British
Columbia, while serving a population of about 5,900 people, strive to
provide programming throughout the life cycle. Along with extensive and
varied special events, the library offers regularly scheduled children's
and youth programs for ages 0 to Grade 7, an Elders Circle, Parents Time
Out, Menopause Support and Education Circle, and Nighthawks at the
Library initiatives, and partners on a Positively Pregnant Program. 

3 PM ET / Noon PT 
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

The Benefits 

Participants will come away from this session feeling inspired over
possibilities to implement in their libraries. Practical ideas will be
presented and discussed for establishing your library as part of the
heartbeat of a community, where to find dollars for programs, how many
staff hours you need to implement new programs, and how to work together
as staff, and with the community, to do so. 

Who Should Participate? 

Librarians, library staff, trustees, literacy programmers, and


Member: $48.00 + GST 
Non-Member: $68.00 + GST 

About The Presenter......

Marcie Fofonoff s the part-time Family Literacy Coordinator at the
Chetwynd Public Library in Northeast British Columbia. She has also
worked in health promotion and community development in connection with
Healthy Communities for the District of Chetwynd for almost 13 years. 

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