Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison was among the dignitaries who spoke at the summer library program celebration in Wolfville.
A celebration of a library award with live music, face painting and cake took place on Aug. 13 at the Wolfville branch and fun was had by all.
The Annapolis Valley Regional Library’s summer program was the winner of this year’s $4,000 Canadian Library and Creative Arts award funded by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW).
Nominated for the award by the CFUW Wolfville,
this summer’s program includes science, technology, reading, arts, and math.
Librarian Lisa Rice said the aim is to offer a well-rounded summer learning experience to keep students’ skills sharp so that they retain more of what they have learned during the school year.
During the summer months, the library system offers a summer program with nearly 3,000 participants, aged from newborn-18.
“Our CFUW club has had a close relationship with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, particularly the Wolfville Memorial Library,” said president Eleanor Palmer. “We are very proud of our Annapolis Valley Regional Library system that provides outstanding basic services in a user-friendly atmosphere plus creative programs in their outreach (particularly for children) as far as their limited budgets allow. Over the years we have supported quite a number of programs that have expanded their offerings for the youth of the communities they serve as their goals certainly fit in with that of CFUW in their efforts to enrich early education and literacy skills."
With the award, Rice said, the AVRL is able to give students and their families out-of-school learning opportunities, helping them with basic literacy skills; building on digital, information, and cultural literacy skills; learning critical thinking and problem solving; and advancing their creativity.
The funding has allowed AVRL to include several exciting new programs such as Preschool Disco, an active song, story, and dance program for families with children ages 2-6; Active-8, a science, math, and movement program for children ages 7-10; and UpCycle, a craft recycling program using materials which may otherwise be thrown away, for ages 10-14.
CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace.
The Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) serves the Valley communities through 11 branch libraries and a bookmobile.
For more information about the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, visit www.valleylibrary.ca.