Camrose Public Library thrives because of community support

By Deb Cryderman, Camrose Canadian Lifestyles Contributor

The library is a municipal service that helps support a strong, healthy community and helps Albertans compete in the global economy.


It provides equal access to information regardless of economic, social, or geographic circumstances, it cooperates with other libraries to be efficient in providing access to information, and it is funded by local tax dollars to help provide a healthy public library service. Although the majority of library funding comes from our municipalities (for which we are so very grateful!), the board and staff of the Camrose Public Library depend on many other sources of funding, too.  

On June 21, I was privileged to address the Battle River Community Foundation regarding how the Ross and Denise Irving Fund benefits adults who access programs through the library. Donating via a community foundation such as BRCF is a way of making a lasting gift, one that has assisted the library in delivering programming to the community since 2004. You can visit the Battle River Community Foundation website (www.brcf.ca) to see how you can contribute to the community through them. 

A number of people have left instructions that donations could be made to the Camrose Public Library in their memory. This money is spent in a way to honour the memory of that loved one: inspiring what we purchase for the collection in their memory, or programs we run.  

During the school year, the library provides after school snacks to approximately 150 children per week via a program called Snacks in the Stacks. SitS not only fills empty bellies, but promotes a sense of community among young people, allows them to experience adults who care about and value them, and makes them feel safe. Last fall, Camrose and District Support Services provided the library with a grant to start this program and the Wild Rose Co-op has been generously supporting our Snacks in the Stacks program this summer. If you bought a hamburger on June 16 or 17, or plan to on July 28 or 29, the funds raised will go directly to supporting this important after-school snack program. Beginning this September, the generosity continues with Wayne Throndson, Greg Wood, Norm Mayer, and Gary Zetsen having committed to donating $500 each every September to ensure this program continues. 

Many library staff members who help you through your day are employed thanks to grants and internships made available by provincial and national bodies. The Summer Reading Club, Book Bike, and Intergenerational summer staff are all employed by the library thanks to generous support from granting institutions such as Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ), Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP), and Young Canada Works (YCW). We continue to be able to provide one-on-one technical support to the community and provide after school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programming thanks to the Community Access Program Youth Internship and the Young Canada Works Youth Internship. 

If you would like to help the library deliver your favourite program or service, or stock your favourite book or movie, you can easily support the library in a number of ways: 

Donate your time: do you have an intriguing skill or interest? Share it with the community by providing a program or helping the library with one. 

Donate an item: if you donate a new book, movie, or TV series with the receipt, we will provide you with a tax receipt for the value of the item.  

Donate money: you can donate in person or online using the “donate” button at the bottom of our website (http://cpl.prl.ab.ca/), donate to the BRCF, or make your wishes known that at the end of your life, you would like the library to receive donations in your memory. 

The library is a service for the community that responds to the needs of community. We hope you will find a way you can be part of building community through the library. 

Deb Cryderman is the Director of the Camrose Public Library. When she isn’t at the library, she can be found chasing her border collie puppy around the city’s walking trails. She is grateful to funding from all sectors that allow the Library to provide materials, programs, and services that the community wants and needs.  


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