This week’s column was written by Jacqueline Kozak, director of the Radium Public Library, which is located at 4683 Stanley Street. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.

The Radium library is very excited to announce that we are now open Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We have a full calendar of upcoming programs and events in 2024. We offer a range of programs for all ages and for a variety of interests. Check out our program calendar on our website for information on our free programs for babies, children, families, teens, adults, and seniors.

Local students from David Thompson Secondary School will be launching their Capstone project at the Radium library on February 1. 

This student-led program will run Thursdays from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. for the duration of the project. Children ages 5 + are invited to join for reading, playing games, and colouring. (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Each year the Radium library hosts a free tax clinic courtesy of our volunteers through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Eligible individuals must have a modest income or simple tax situation. The free clinic for the 2023 tax year will begin February 21 and end April 30.

Visit our Facebook page or website for more details on library programs and services.

Friends of the Library

By Donna Tunney

 The Friends of the Radium Hot Springs Library third annual book sale, which took place this past November, was a resounding success. It brought in more than $2,500 — doubling what we made the previous year! 

A big thank you to all who attended and purchased thousands of great titles, sampled hot cider and homemade cookies, gobbled up yummy cupcakes from Invermere’s Buttercream, and enjoyed a visit with Mrs. Claus, who listened to Christmas wishes and passed out candy canes. 

We sold scads of books, jigsaw puzzles, nutritious rice bags, and beautiful crafts. Thanks to everyone who contributed titles to the library throughout the year, and a special thank you to our supporter who donated the hall’s rental — you are greatly appreciated. 

We’d also like to thank the staff of the Radium Public Library for their assistance, Wheels in Art for designing our new (purple) Friends of the Radium Library bags, and Mountainside Market for providing a delicious lunch for all our wonderful volunteers who work so tirelessly to support our library.

We’re already planning this year’s event, so if you have gently used books you want to donate, please drop them off at the Radium Public Library, located in the Radium Hot Springs Centre, 4863 Stanley Street.