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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 volunteers.


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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