CFUW assists Annapolis Valley Regional Library system

Wendy Elliott
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The Annapolis Valley Regional Library’s summer program was the winner of the $4,000 award given by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW). 

The Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) serves small, rural communities through 11 branch libraries and a bookmobile that reaches out in particular to children.

During the summer months, the library system offers a summer program with nearly 3,000 participants, from infants to 18-year-olds, according to Wendy Trimper, head of branch services.

With this award, she said, the library is expanding the program to include science, technology, experience, arts, and math or STREAM. 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.

Funding from the award will allow AVRL to include several exciting new programs, such as Preschool Disco, an active song, story, and dance program for families with children ages two to six; Active-8, a science, math, and movement program for children ages seven to 10; and UpCycle, a craft recycling program using materials which may otherwise be thrown away, for ages 10-14.

Funding for libraries in Nova Scotia was frozen for the previous three years. With this award from the CFUW, Trimper says, the AVRL will be 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.


Organizations: Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Canadian Federation of University Women

Geographic location: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

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