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Community Foundation funds library project

Chief executive officer Robin Hepher and public services manager Lisa Weekes of Chinook Arch Regional Library System with grants co-ordinator Caitlin Gajdostik and executive director Charleen Davidson of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.

Chief executive officer Robin Hepher and public services manager Lisa Weekes of Chinook Arch Regional Library System with grants co-ordinator Caitlin Gajdostik and executive director Charleen Davidson of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.

Chinook Arch Regional Library System has purchased a new collection that will assist library staff in planning and delivering community-based programming.
This collection was made possible through a $7,500 grant from the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life at the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.
The goal of the collection is to provide recreational and programming opportunities at the region’s 33 member libraries, and includes giant checkers, parachutes, juggling scarves, mini golf and other physical literacy games.
The pilot project supports the rural member libraries within the Chinook Arch Regional Library System, including Fort Macleod Library.
Rural populations often do not have the same recreational opportunities as urban centers.
This collection will give rural libraries access to unique and creative resources to develop physical literacy, leisure and recreation opportunities for their community members.
Be Fit for Life at Lethbridge College is providing physical literacy training and programming ideas for regional library staff.
Additionally, Chinook Arch has a part-time regional program developer in place to support and promote the collection.
The Henry S. Varley Fund was established at the Community Foundation as the result of a bequest from Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long.
Named in honour of Long’s uncle, the fund supports projects that enhance the quality of life in rural southwestern Alberta.

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