For the Love of Libraries

This week’s column was written by Jacqueline Kozak, director of the Radium Public Library, and Donna Tunney from Friends of the Library. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.

The Radium Hot Springs Public Library is located inside the Radium Hot Springs Community Centre. 

Our facility is equipped with an interactive children’s area, craft table, public computers, study spaces, free wifi, and a cozy reading area. In addition to our collection of books and resources, we also have a ‘Library of Things’ available to library cardholders. This collection includes digitization equipment to preserve photographs and slides, chromebooks, e-reader devices, activity kits, and a radon testing kit.

We also offer programs for all ages, and they are all free to the public. Our winter program calendar features a weekly ‘Storytime’ program every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., a weekly baby program every Thursday at 11:30 a.m., and a weekly tech support program courtesy of our community partner – the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, every Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. (by appointment). We also have seasonal crafts and monthly STEAM programs for children ages 5-plus. There are also monthly programs for teens, adults, and seniors to make connections and foster creativity. We do our best to partner with many local organizations to bring programs and services to the community. The Radium Library also hosts a free volunteer income tax clinic each year for individuals that qualify for the program. This service will be available February 21 to April 30th. Check out our website or Facebook page for more information about services and programs.

Friends of the Library

As we mentioned last month, our third annual book sale was a resounding success. So much so that we’re already planning our fourth. But for that, we need your help.

We’re looking for gently used books in every genre — history, romance, mystery, science fiction, women’s fiction, new adult, and self help, as well as cookbooks, children’s titles, classics, and more. Jigsaw puzzles and board games are welcome too.

This past year we also sold a variety of artisan creations. So, if you’re a knitter, a quilter, a tatter, or an all ‘round creative, and your craft room is overflowing with small, completed items you no longer have room to store, we’d be delighted to take those treasurers off your hands and find a new home for them.

All proceeds from the sale go to support the Radium Public Library, so you’ll be donating to a great cause that gives back to the community. And clearing off your bookshelves for new titles at the same time. A win-win!

If you have gently used books, puzzles, and crafts you want to donate, please drop them off at the library located in the Radium Hot Springs Centre, 4863 Stanley Street.