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2014 Volunteer Recognition Event

by Katie R - 0 Comment(s)

On April 11, 2014 we held our annual Volunteer Recognition Event at the Central Library. Over 500 volunteers, guests and staff attended this year and enjoyed an awards ceremony and reception with food, cupcakes, and music. This special evening celebrates the amazing contribution Calgary Public Library volunteers make to library programs.

This year we also celebrated 40 years of our Homebound Readers volunteer program! Congratulations to our own "Famous Five" — Carolyn Arrell, Nellie Befus, Phyllis Gale, Norma High, and Becky Lathrop have been volunteering with the program since its inception 40 years ago.

Thanks to everyone that helped make it a fantastic night, and thanks to all Calgary Public Library volunteers!

 

How volunteering impacts your life

by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

Peter has been a volunteer with CPL since 2000 over the years he has worked in a variety of volunteer roles:

"I was taken aback at the variety of the programs that volunteers are involved in at the library. I had been a volunteer literacy tutor with Bow Valley College for 10 years, when I decided that the Reading Advantage programme, working out of the Village Square branch, would be much closer to where I live. (So that makes over 20 years being involved in adult literacy).

I find that I am most buoyed when I can see direct results from my volunteering. This certainly has been the case with the Reading Advantage programme, where I know the programme has made life-long differences in others' lives.

As well as having volunteered with the Reading Advantage programme, I've been a Proctor for those sitting distance learning exams. Currently I'm involved with the Art Walks and Homebound Readers programmes.


There's always something new to volunteer for at the library!"

Thank you Peter, for being interested in trying new things and finding new ways to help your community.

Helping Kids Enjoy Reading

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

Karen Kost is a warm, friendly, kind and patient individual who has been a valued and diligent volunteer at Calgary Public Library since 2006. She explains that ‘I have the time and I enjoy working with kids and giving back to the community. I also truly believe in the Library. I take out books all the time myself and I would likely be in debt if I had to buy all those books myself’.

Karen began volunteering for the TD Read With Me program in June 2007 (she has also volunteered for the Library’s Homebound Readers and Proctoring programs). In the TD Read With Me program, volunteers mentor children one-on-one to help develop their literacy skills and interest in reading. Karen built a strong relationship with her first little buddy, working with him over a two-year period. His parents were very appreciative of Karen’s work with their son: ‘Ms. Kost is an excellent role model. She is a good helper and excellent teacher. She is a very patient and calm lady’.

Karen and her current buddy, Gary, meet once a week at a Library branch to read together for an hour. Gary comments: ‘It’s been really fun working with Karen. We get to read so many books together and the books are really good. We’ve been reading some of the ‘Macdonald Hall’ series by Gordon Korman, as well as ‘Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer’ by John Grisham. Karen’s really nice and she lets me pick the books I want to read.’

Thank you, Karen, for all the wonderful work you have done on behalf of the Library over the past five years! As noted by everyone with whom you’ve worked, it is very much appreciated!