You don’t have to be a fiction enthusiast to enjoy libraries – they are a perfect intersection for all interests. Did you know that the Radium Public Library is home to a plethora of resources both in-print and online? Our website serves as a directory for all of our online resources. Even though we are a small rural institution, our little library boasts a sizable database collection to connect our patrons to essential information services. Through our website, we can direct patrons to relevant legal material, help patrons discover their ancestry, explore travel guides and so much more. Our online resources also provide our patrons with access to E-books and Audiobooks, and provide access to inter-library loans. Resource sharing is integral for rural communities; it provides residents with equitable access to print material from larger institutions across the province. And, as referenced by columnist Mary Ladky in the Globe and Mail earlier this month, libraries are a driving force for social mobility; reading for enjoyment can even influence a child’s educational success more than the socio-economic status of their family. Your continued support of the library helps solidify the importance of these essential free services.
Here at the Radium Library, we are also constantly working to improve our print collection to reflect the needs and interests of the community. As studies continue to show, physical reading material offers a more rich and profound reading experience. Our Library strives to augment our literary resources with programming and events for all demographics.
We will be having a Big Book Sale at the Radium Library on June 1st. The sale will run from 10 – 1 p.m. Stop by to pick up some great reads! Book donations are welcome – please drop books off at the library during open hours before May 31st.
On June 4th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., local author and Pioneer reporter D.M. Ditson will offer a book launch and Recovery Conversation at the Radium Library. All are welcome to attend this event.
At the end of the month, the Radium Fire Department will host the annual Open House Garage Sale and BBQ at the Radium Fire Hall. The sale will be held on June 29th and run from 10 – 2 p.m. Proceeds will support the Fire Department, the Rotary Gardens and the Radium Public Library. Please contact Jill Logan at 250-347-2484 to donate gently used items (no clothing).
This week’s column was written by Jacqueline Wagner, director of the Radium Public Library. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.