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October 14, 2005
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Lifelong Libraries -- Discover Us!
Community and Cultural Affairs
The theme for Canadian Library Week 2005 Lifelong Libraries Discover Us! celebrates libraries as a place for people of all ages from babies to grandparents. Public libraries across the province will celebrate Canadian Library Week, October 17-24, 2005.
The Honourable Elmer MacFadyen, Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, invites Islanders to visit their local public library. As one of the most popular services offered by government, our public libraries are a vital part of communities throughout the province. Library Week is an excellent opportunity to visit your local library and discover the many learning and entertainment resources available for people of all ages.
Library Week will kick off on Monday, October 17 at 10 a.m. with a Childrens Celebrity Reading in the Childrens Loft of the Confederation Centre Public Library. The public is invited to attend the reading which will feature readings by Queen Charlotte, a fireman, a member of the PEI Rocket Hockey Club, a police officer, and the Minister responsible for Libraries, the Honourable Elmer MacFadyen.
In towns and villages across the province, library staff is celebrating Library Week with a range of programs and activities. A visit to the library website at www.library.pe.ca will provide details of activities in each of the Islands 26 public libraries.
Libraries across the province provide a wide array of materials and services to meet the needs of patrons regardless of their age, interest or level of reading skills, said Allan Groen, Provincial Librarian. Library staff is on hand to assist children, parents, grandparents and all individuals interested in accessing books, newspapers, DVDs and a variety of resource materials.
Throughout Canadian Library Week, borrow material at your local library and enter to win an Indigo gift certificate One ballot per person checking out items. Receive an extra ballot if you get a library card for the first time and use it on the same day.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PROVINCIAL LIBRARY SERVICES
PEI Library Branches 26
PEI Library cardholders 54,988
Public computer workstations with Internet access 115 (approx.)
Annual circulation of materials 777,605 (1.5 items are checked out every minute)
Library programs offered 2,117
Program attendance 26,004 (2004)
Library Services (free of change):
Borrow books, DVD's, CD's, large print, and literacy books
Borrow books from other public library branches
Return materials at any branch
Public Internet Access
Infotrac and Abbycat
Library tours and orientations
Full federal government materials depository
Request books from other jurisdictions
Summer Reading Programs
Summer Literacy Tutoring Program
Materials for the Blind / CNIB
Large print delivery service for seniors
Author/poet readings and book launches
Community meeting space
Craft/art display space
Public education/information sessions
Circulating titles 367,698
CD ROM titles 297
DVD titles 951
CD titles 3,579
Audiobook titles 1,948
Talking books titles 521
French language titles 40,071 (11%)
Newspaper titles 20 (Confederation Centre Public Library)
Talking books used 1,220 loans to 150 Talking Book patrons.
Large print titles 9,815
Circulation of Large Print titles 36,317 (includes many deliveries to nursing homes)
Community partnerships: The library service has a strong partnership with communities where communities supply the facilities and equipment and government supplies staff, books and other materials.
Volunteers: Friends, groups and other library volunteers provide input regarding library facilities, assist in fundraising to support programming, public relations and advocacy.
islandlibraries.ca: allows people to access the catalogs and services of the Provincial Library Service, Holland College Library Service and the services of the Robertson Library (UPEI). Via islandlibraries.ca, with one search, users can search the resources of each institution, place a request to borrow an item and post a question that the institutions will attempt to answer.
Isle Ask: allows people to submit their question at http://islandlibraries.ca/isleask.php; it will be reviewed and answered by trained reference librarians.
Computers for Schools and Libraries: The Provincial Library Service is guaranteed 10 per cent of the equipment available through this program.
Public Internet Access: is provided at Branch Libraries in partnership with local Community Access Program Committees. CAP provides ongoing support for these computers.