Discovering The Secrets of Your Local Library

Written by Charlene Blackwell on Monday, 24 March 2014

Discovering The Secrets of Your Local Library GULL LAKE SouthWest Saskatchewan  Library

From March 1st until April 30th, Chinook Regional Library invites everyone out to their local library to register during the first Patron Registration Drive.

All new patrons will be eligible for a prize in the draw made at the end of the drive.

To advertise the drive, they’ve put up posters in communities and library staff will talk to people in their communities about coming in and getting themselves a library card.

Heather Walker, Director of the Chinook Regional Library said, “We looked at the numbers and we thought that would be a good way to have more people aware of what resources we have at the library and what they would be able to have as benefits for themselves and their families if they use the library. It’s a way to encourage people to come in and see what there is and then get a card and use it.”

“In some areas, the registration is quite high,” said Walker, “but in a lot of the rural areas, what happens is that maybe the people within the town have library cards, but the rural area that can also use that library and any of our libraries don’t necessarily have cards, and in Swift Current, we would also like to see an increase in the number of people who have their own library cards.”

“Various branches have sent in names and phone numbers for people who would be entered in the draw because of having joined,” she said. “The other thing that we have with this is prizes for the libraries in different categories based on population of the areas, for those libraries to have $200 that they can spend on material for their libraries that they choose. We order it for them because we can get bigger discounts than they can. Those two things are ways to encourage people to join as well as there will be benefits overall from having the card.”

Overall, Chinook wants to see is an increase in the numbers and if they get good results from that, they might run the drive again another year or find other ways to keep the increase growing.

“We have thirty-two libraries altogether, so all of them are eligible for a prize,” Walker added. “There’s a huge number of different locations. The entire southwest area is part of the regional library. We’d really like to encourage people to come by the library, whichever one is closest to them, and see what’s there and either use their library card if they already have one or get a new one.”

via Local News

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