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Long-time Libraries in Residence volunteers

by Katie R - 0 Comment(s)

Dedicated and long-time Calgary Public Library volunteers, Diane Valcourt (left) and Mary Mooney, have been bringing the gift of books and reading to the residents of Southwood Care Centre every week for over 20 years!

Libraries in Residence is a unique program that brings large quantities of library books into senior care centers across the city to provide access to seniors who may not normally be able to visit the library. Every week at Southwood Care Centre, Mary or Diane wheel a cart of large print books around from resident to resident, distributing books and visiting with seniors along the way. Mary’s favourite part of volunteering with the program is “the pleasure of visiting and discussing books with so many varied people. The residents are genuinely appreciative and many don’t have much pleasure in their lives”.

It's obvious that Diane and Mary care a lot about the program and the residents it serves, taking the time to ensure each resident who would like a visit and a library book (or many!), receive one of each every week. They both believe it feels good to help others especially those who may not have the mobility needed to go outside and do the things they used to do. The time and care that Mary and Diane contribute are much appreciated not only by the residents and staff at Southwood Care, but also the Calgary Public Library who is proud to have such dedicated, long term volunteers!

Check out books in your own retirement community

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

Lillith is a friendly and welcoming volunteer for the library-in-residence program at Colonel Belcher Care Centre. As a resident, Lillith has been volunteering with library programs in the building for the last decade.

Colonel Belcher Care Center is one of four residences that the library brings a collection of materials to for the residents to select from and check out as part of our senior outreach programs. Colonel Belcher has an average of 35-40 residents each month who eagerly await the unveiling of the new library materials that have arrived. Lillith assists the staff in getting the materials out on the tables and set up and encouraging residents to enjoy the experience, even those who are sight impaired.

Lilith pays special attention to those who have physical ailments that might prevent them from perusing the library collection at length and assists them in seeking out materials that they like and bringing them to the residents who are unable to fully navigate the room. Often sight impaired residents ask for her assistance in reading the back covers of audio books so that they can make sure they’ve not heard the book previously.

Lillith is a constant activist for library programs and encouraging residents to keep reading or listening to audio books to keep their minds active.

Thank you Lilith!

Notable Volunteers

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

We would like to recognize both Ana Mullen, a learner in the Reading Advantage Program, and her mentor Reading Advantage volunteer Peter Cutting: Ana was the winner of the Literacy Alberta Stepping Stones Scholarship recognizing outstanding achievement and ongoing efforts of an adult learner; while, Peter was a nominee at the Volunteer Calgary Leadership Awards for the “Heart of Calgary” category for all his work in the Reading Advantage Program. Congratulations to you both!

Norma High, 35-year volunteer in the Libraries in Residence program was recognized as a nominee at the 2009 Outstanding Calgary Seniors Awards hosted by the Calgary Chapter Alberta Association on Gerontology. Congratulations Norma!