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October is Library Month!

October is Library Month!

Despite the ever-encroaching digital world, it’s nice to know that libraries are still very much vibrant and a big part of Canadian communities.

To note the place public libraries play, October has been declared as library month in BC.

Whether you want to learn a language, get educated through speaker series, test new technologies, access free internet, borrow literacy kits or just check out a good read, your local library is the place to find those and more programs and services.

Libraries help people discover the joys of reading, help them find and develop new skills, foster stronger community ties, find a job, become entrepreneurs or take part in recreational and cultural experiences, your local library can help you out.

School library day is set for October 23rd. It is also known as drop everything and read…”DEAR” for short. On that day BCers are invited to put down their work and turn off their computers and phones so they can read a book, magazine or newspaper for 20 minutes.

99 per cent of those who call BC home have access to a public library, provincial funding amounts to $14 million annually and each year the ministry of education provides half a million dollars to Postmedia’s Raise a Reader Program. The ministry also works with the only province-wide literacy organization in BC called Decoda Literacy Solutions.

Anna Olson, the president of the BC Library Association said it best: “libraries are the cornerstone of their communities and society.”

Libraries: go check one out. A visit will get you thinking.


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