Western Counties Regional Library deputy director Joanne Head, left, and director Erin Comeau point to the 1,000-book goal for the 2014 Adopt-A-Book campaign. Since Adopt-A-Book began in 1996, it has raised nearly $240,000 directly for books and audiobooks. The campaign takes place every two years. In 2012, over $34,000 was raised putting 1,440 books on the shelves of the library‚Äôs 10 branches. The campaign kicks off on April 1.(Ian White photo/Western Counties Regional Library)
In a world of seemingly constant change ‚Äď technological advances, digital this, instant that ‚Äď there are some things we perhaps take for granted, like being able to go to the public library to borrow that book we‚Äôve always wanted to read.
Few things, in our opinion, exemplify the concept of community more than the public library. It‚Äôs the sort of place we count on being there, providing the services we‚Äôve come to expect over many years.
If we sometimes ‚Äď maybe often ‚Äď fail to appreciate the value of our libraries, this is a great time to do something about it, given that this week marks the start of Western Counties Regional Library‚Äôs Adopt-a-Book campaign.
This is the library‚Äôs most important fundraiser. It is conducted every two years and this year‚Äôs campaign starts Tuesday, April 1, and goes to June 30. The goal is to add over 1,000 new books to library shelves in the tri-county region.
Jimmy MacAlpine, chair of the Western Counties Regional Library board, says the campaign not only helps promote the library but promotes literacy too and that alone, we feel, is a great reason to support the Adopt-a-Book campaign.
People seem to like the idea of adopting a book, MacAlpine says, noting that they may do so for different reasons, perhaps as a way of honouring someone special such as a loved one or a friend.
We encourage you to support the campaign if you can. As regional library director Erin Comeau says, ‚ÄúEvery penny counts‚ÄĚ and every contribution helps the library towards its goal.
The average price of a book is $25 to $30, the library says, but books are available for a good deal less.
To reach its goal, the library is looking to raise about $30,000.
Since the Adopt-a-Book campaign was first held back in 1996, almost $240,000 has been raised and used to purchase books and audiobooks.
That‚Äôs a lot of money for a good cause. We trust the community will come through again this year by adopting books and making the 2014 campaign a success.