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REPORTING · 16th January 2015
Walter McFarlane
Virginia Charron of the Kitimat Public Library presented to Council on Tuesday, January 13th with their budget request for 2015.

“2.1 Million British Columbians hold public library cards and hundreds of thousands more who don’t have cards visit the library daily. In BC, stats topped more than 58 million visits in the Province,” said Charron. “These stats include Kitimat memberships of 5277, on site visits at 54,009, online visits of 15833, circulations of 53,963 and 9434 internet bookings.”

She told the Council they rely on District financial support and their building to operate. In addition, they receive funding from the Ministry of Education as well as smaller grants. She added the Friends of the Library donate $1000-$2000 from book sales.

“We continue to offer a wide variety of programs, which includes Mother Goose Story Time for the little kids, computer tutorials, craft programs, puppet plays, financial workshops, personal planning, summer reading clubs, reading tutorials, and of course, our author visits. We offer space for community groups to use 7 days a week. The library’s goal is to provide and promote obtainable access to resources and services in order to meet the information, educational, entertainment and cultural needs of the community,” said Charron.

The library asked for a grant of $444,958 and a rent grant of $111,600. In addition, they asked for some Tender Loving Care for the Library building. The building needs graffiti covered up, the entrance pavement is stained and the carpet is ripped in a few places. They are also asking to have their building added to the District’s cleaning fund.