Postage rate applauded by Airdrie Public Library
By: Anne Beaty
| Posted: Friday, Sep 06, 2013 03:38 pm
Earlier this year, Airdrie Public Library (APL) and libraries across the country celebrated the passing of a private members bill that protects the existing reduced postage rate for libraries, as well as including DVDs, CDs and other audiovisual material under the special rate. Bill C-321 enshrines the Library Book Rate in the Canada Post Corporation Act, and expands the definition of library materials.
Spearheading the bill was now retired MP Merv Tweed, of Brandon-Souris, Man., whose perseverance and commitment to Canada’s libraries has ensured that the highly discounted rate offered by Canada Post will continue to allow the more than 2,200 libraries across the country to send and receive books and other audiovisual materials.
“Mr. Tweed has been absolutely instrumental in this initiative, and we couldn’t be more proud to have him as a passionate supporter and champion of libraries,” Canadian Libraries Association (CLA) president Pilar Martinez said in a recent press release.
Being able to send and receive library materials at a much lower rate means that Canadians across the country have equal access to what libraries have to offer. Approximately 65 per cent of material mailed goes to libraries and library users in small towns, rural locations and remote communities.
While such resource-sharing is essential, what the bill says about libraries themselves is equally important, said APL Director Janine Jevne.
“It’s wonderful that it’s being recognized that we are no longer a book warehouse,” Jevne said. “Libraries have changed and books are now expanded to audio, CD and MP3, so that’s what our reality is now.”
In honour of Bill C-321 and its champion, APL celebrated with a special ice cream cake, thanking Tweed for his dedication and support of Canada’s libraries, a sentiment shared by all.
“Canadians deserve equal access to library and information services,” CLA Executive Director Kelly Moore said in a press release. “With Bill C321 now in force, we can continue to provide equitable access to materials for all Canadians regardless of where they live.”
Coming up at APL: Don’t forget to stop by on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for Airdrie Fest and APL’s giant book sale. Visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca to learn more.