A year in review at the library

Radium library column January, 2018

A busy summer season is now behind us as we move into the winter and back into the routine of programs and services.

LEGO continues to be our most popular children’s program and we now offer it on a drop-in basis during all opening hours. The children save their creations and return regularly to add to their projects. Often the parents join in this creative fun time with their children.

Our talented craft lady Jan will be creating her holiday theme projects with the children of all ages.

The “Puzzle” table is up and running again and the patrons stop by and add a few pieces to the creative picture which emphasizes a season.

Keeping Up

The roles of libraries have changed drastically over the past years. Libraries, in particular, have demonstrated they are part of the leading edge of technology, especially in the children’s areas which was introduced into programs that engaged all ages to become extremely innovative in their designs. LEGO programs are an example of this.

Libraries now with the encouragement of the B.C. government and the KLF Library Association have introduced another exciting program for children in our libraries especially for 3, 4 and 5 year old girls and boys.

The name of the program is STEAM – which stands for Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math.

The Radium Public Library will be involved in STEAM and will be looking forward to introducing the total program in the New Year as the new library space becomes available. This program supports logical thinking and problem solving. Using a fun toy to develop children’s social skills at an early age and children work together as a team to build awesome creations. This new program challenges them and allows them to design toys such as robots, helicopters and engage with other children for hours.

The Interlibrary Loan program continues to be an extremely popular program for B.C. Libraries Very few requests have not been filled due to unavailable or a “new” best seller.

The progress of the new library is extremely exciting and we all look forward to the new community building and the new Radium Public Library in 2018.

We thank the Village of Radium Hot Springs staff for their assistance and consul and thanks to our Board of Directors for their guidance and as well our dedicated volunteers who add to the successful daily operation of the library.

This week’s column was written by Jane Jones, director of the Radium Public Library, which is located at 7585 Main Street West. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.

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