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Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library earns READ award

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From left: Theodore Brandley Municipal Library board chairman Doug Cooper, Coaldale Public Library Board chair Norma Beacham, Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library Board chair Marilyn Roemer and Lethbridge Public Library Board chairman Bob Cooney

Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library was one of four libraries honoured by Chinook Arch Regional Library System.
The third annual Rewards of Excellence and Distinction (READ) awards recognize Chinook Arch member libraries and staff who have displayed excellence in service, collaboration, innovation, future focus and community benefit.
Fort Macleod, Coaldale, Lethbridge and Stirling libraries received awards at a dinner at the Southern Alberta Library Conference on March 8 at the Lethbridge Lodge.
“The Chinook Arch Regional Library board is very pleased to, for the third year, recognize the exceptional ongoing library service throughout the regional library system,” said Marie Logan, chair of marketing and communications committee.
Fort Macleod received the award for the Lifecare and Good Food Box programs.
Working towards their goal of having the library act as the hub of the community, the library helps to facilitate both Lifecare and Good Food Box programs.
For the Lifecare program the librarians serve as liaisons between the applicants and the Lifecare society, providing forms for clients and communicating with the Lifecare agency in Edmonton.
The library also acts as a contact for the Good Food Box run by Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre.
The library serves as a drop-off point for the Good Food boxes offering convenience and support for both the program and the public.
Both programs demonstrate innovation, collaboration, excellence in service and benefit to the community.
Coaldale Public Library received the award for an outreach program serving seniors at Sunny South Lodge. The library brings a selection of library materials to the lodge every two weeks.
Lethbridge Public Library received the award for its Tween programs, which are two-hour after-school programs for students in Grades 4-6. The program encourages tweens to see the library as a welcoming space for entertainment and discovery.
Theodore Brandley Municipal Library was honoured for Stirling Speaks — an oral history program that captures audio recordings of the residents of Stirling.
The library had the recordings digitized to a written format and uploaded to the library Web site for reference and ease of use.

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