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2018 Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service and YOU Libraries Award!

The winners for the Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service are:

City of Camrose Library Board for their Snacks in the Stacks program;

Snacks in the Stacks offers a wide array of healthy food choices to kids who come to the library after-school. Camrose Public Library works with Alberta Health Services to ensure the snacks are in line with the Canada Food Guide and has partnered with University of Alberta students at the Augustana campus to help serve the snacks.  The program has reached an amazing 6400 kids so far and an average of 26 children benefit from it every day.  The program helps families living with food insecurity, creates a welcoming environment for kids and teens in the library, and promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Town of Carstairs Library Board for their Annual Parenting Fair;

Carstairs has many families with young children and the library identified a need to highlight and make parents aware of all the community supports available to them.  The library created and hosts an annual night where local groups have on-site booths and share information with parents.  In the six years that it has been hosting the Parenting Fair, the Carstairs Library has partnered with nearly 60 organizations.  These range from Parent Link and FCSS centres to Scouts Troops and Judo Clubs as well as local small businesses. The public library brought them all together.

Town of Morinville Library Board for their Indigenous Canada Learning Circle;

The Indigenous Canada Learning Circle leveraged the University of Alberta’s Massively Open Online Course called “Indigenous Canada” and made it available to anyone at the Morinville Public Library.  Using a learning circle format, the Morinville Library gave people a safe place to learn and work through information about Indigenous and Canadian history as well as discuss their opinions and questions around the important and complex issue of Reconciliation.  The series of weekly programs at the library as well as online material, reached a staggering 135,000 people.

Parkland County Library Board for their WiFi hotspots program.

The Wifi Hotspots Lending Program provides internet access to individuals or households in Parkland County who have limited internet or cannot afford internet.   This program partnered with TELUS – who have donated eight smart hubs with unlimited data to four library sites. Each library also has a lendable Chromebook for patrons to borrow.  The library stated in its application, “The WIFI Hotspots Lending Program is innovative as it provides something that many residents may take for granted – access to the internet. In the digital age, this is an essential and valuable service. This service fosters an enjoyment of technology and an increase in digital literacy skills for all ages.”

The winner of the YOU Libraries award is:

Town of Morinville for the Indigenous Canada Learning Circle.

The Indigenous Canada Learning Circle leveraged the University of Alberta’s Massively Open Online Course called “Indigenous Canada” and made it available to anyone at the Morinville Public Library.  Using a learning circle format, the Morinville Library gave people a safe place to learn and work through information about Indigenous and Canadian history as well as discuss their opinions and questions around the important and complex issue of Reconciliation.  The series of weekly programs at the library as well as online material, reached a staggering 135,000 people.