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Saturday , 23 October 2021

It pays to read – Bonnyville Library offering free memberships; Family Literacy Night upcoming

It’s never been easier to check out the latest literary craze or a timeless classic at the Bonnyville Library, as memberships are now free for everyone this year.

The Library board had some money in their pocket they wanted to use and felt the transition of Library managers from Ina Smith to Leah Woodford would be a natural time.

“It’s great for the community. Absolutely,” said Library manager Leah Woodford.

“We’re really proud of it. And we’re hoping that in the future, with the interviews and that kind of thing that a corporate sponsor may be interested in moving forward with that in the future years,” she said.

Previously, memberships for adults $12 and children were free as of October.

Regardless of what happens next year, Woodford said the library would keep memberships for children free.

It’s part of making the library as accessible for everyone as they can, said Woodford.

“It lowers the barriers. And in these economic times, it’s really important to have the least amount of barriers as possible when accessing the library and the services that we provide.”

The Library connects online with outlets across the province to find the book you’re looking for.

Beyond signing out books, the library offers movies and audiobooks along with free Wi-Fi and computers on-site that you don’t need a membership to book.

The library is open Monday to Saturday.

Family Literacy Night

On Monday, the Bonnyville Library is hosting Family Literacy Night, a chance to get out in the evening and join their party.

“It’s all things family doing reading and learning together,” said Library programmer Kat Eliason.

The Bonnyville Jr. A Pontiacs will be there to help with the storytelling while others can enjoy crafts and games.

There’s even prizes to take home at the end of the night to encourage literacy and enjoy a night out.

“There’s something each age would be able to enjoy. Whether it’s preschoolers or middle schoolers or even, you know, high schoolers, they can help their younger siblings play some of the games.”

Family Literacy Day began in 1999 and the library has celebrated that over a number of years, said Eliasom.

It runs from 6:30-8:00pm on Monday night at the Bonnyville Library.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.