Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to come to our annual general meeting last month. It was our best turnout ever, with 27 people in attendance. And thanks to our retiring board members: Ann Mudrie, Hiromi Izuka and Je-Anne McNeil, who have all contributed greatly to the library during their combined 19 years on the board. New board members were elected: Shawn Whitelegg (returning after a year off); and Lynn Thomas and Nola Tutti, who have come on the board for the first time but are no strangers as they are regular volunteers. We look forward to a good year with a board of eight members.
Storytime for preschool children ages 3-5 years, and their parents/caregivers, is back! Wednesday mornings at 10:30 is the time to come to the library for stories, songs, action rhymes, puppets and simple crafts. It’s also a chance to meet other parents and children, and get them used to a bit of structure in the years before they enter kindergarten. This free, drop-in program continues through April 9.
I mentioned the new Interlibrary Loan program that has just started in the Kootenays in last month’s column. It is called KLF (for Kootenay Library Federation) Connect, and we are excited to offer this new service to our patrons. You may now access the catalogues of 16 libraries in the West and East Kootenays from the comfort of your own home computer. All you need is your Greenwood Public Library card, an Internet connection, and our website address: http://greenwood.bclibrary.ca. Simply click on “Search the Greenwood Library Catalogue” on our home page; then select “Kootenay Library Federation” instead of just Greenwood Public Library as the catalogue to search, and search for what you want. Once you have found it, you can place a hold the item and it will be shipped to the Greenwood library, and you will be notified by email or phone that it is ready for pickup. Most items that have been in the other libraries for more than a year are eligible for borrowing, including books, audiobooks, and DVDs/videos. (Some of the libraries do have some restrictions.) We hope you enjoy this new service—any questions, please drop in the library and we will help you.