A paper leaf that has been placed on the Thankful Tree at the Barriere Library. (Pam Rudd photo)

Barriere Library celebrating Canadian Library Month

“Libraries are unique and welcoming community spaces where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore interests and develop lifelong skills,”says Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs, as the month of October celebrates Library Month. “This month we celebrate British Columbia’s libraries, our partners in fostering lifelong learning and providing people with equitable access to the information and services they need to learn, work and thrive. Throughout the pandemic, libraries have continued to be important places of refuge both online and in person, where a good book, a friendly ear and a link to the community has made a big difference in people’s lives.”

Osborne noted how the pandemic has highlighted the vital role libraries have in keeping people connected with their loved ones and communities.

“Over this past year and a half, libraries have helped build bridges across the digital divide by offering lendable technology, new online library collections and hosting virtual storytime programs. Libraries have also provided safe online access to health information and a way for people to connect and access important services.”

Barriere’s head librarian Pam Rudd, says there are numerous fun and engaging events taking place at the local library throughout Library Month.

“Sign up for the Thompson Nicola Regional Library Newsletter during October and be automatically entered to win a reader’s care package valued at over $100,” tells Rudd, “And be among the first to receive the latest news from the library regarding programming, collections and more.”

Rudd says the Barriere Branch also offers an ongoing colouring contest.

“Sharpen your creative skills by completing one of our monthly colouring pages,” says Rudd, “Show off your creation to the staff at the desk and you’ll be entered into our monthly prize draw (October, November, December) for ages 0-12. Or add a leaf to our gratitude tree right here in the Library. You can also participate in a monthly scavenger hunt in the library, or pick up one of our remaining and free ‘craft to go’ packages.”

The librarian also reminds area residents to check out the Storywalk in Fadear Park right next to the Library or you can see the story at online at: https://www.tnrl.ca/the-grateful-book-at-barriere-storywalk/

Did you know the library;

– Is now fine-free

– Is currently offering several virtual programs for patrons of all ages

– Dungeons and Dragons, Storytime, Book Club, Crafts to Go and more: https://www.tnrl.ca/programs-events/

– Carries new and hot titles and DVDs for quick view/quick read

– Has 100s of magazine titles available online

– Offers free wi-fi 24/7

– Offers public computers for use free of charge

– Offers self-serve printing/scanning/fax service at a nominal fee.

– Offers virtual tech 1-1 30 minute coaching sessions to help with your beginner technology needs.

– Can bring in material from other TNRL libraries and through provincial Inter-Library loans.

– Offers Library Home Service – delivery of books and other library materials to patrons who cannot get to the library due to a disability, injury, illness or infirmity.

– Offers ‘Library Experiences’ such as free BC Wildlife Park Family Passes, Budding Birder Backpacks and more.

– Has an amazing digital library https://www.tnrl.ca/digital-library/ offering everything from free access to ancestry, language, auto repair, to video, music, e-books, e-audio, newspapers, magazines, digital research and learning, technology resources and everything in between.

The Barriere Library can be found at 4511 Barriere Town Road, or call 250-672-5811. They are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The library is closed Sunday/Monday and all statutory holidays.

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