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Library celebrates Family Literacy Day

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By: Anne Beaty

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 12:38 pm

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January is not only the beginning of a new year; it also marks the launch of a new program at Airdrie Public Library (APL) – UWALK, through which APL members can borrow pedometers from the library. As with any other item, the member can borrow it for three weeks with a renewal option.

Developed by the University of Alberta’s physical education and recreation faculty, and funded by the Government of Alberta, UWALK was designed to help Albertans see the benefits of walking and appreciate the positives of regular physical activity. The program allows users to track their activity online or by downloading a personal activity log, which can show them how far they walk in a day. It’s a great way to get started on a fitness program, too.

Here at APL, several staff members have already given UWALK a try, and were amazed at just how many miles they put on in a single day at work.

For our younger patrons, Jan. 24 is Family Literacy Day, a time for parents and caregivers and their preschoolers to enjoy what APL has to offer. Drop by any time between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and take a journey around the library filled with reading, writing, singing, talking and playing. Visitors can also learn new ways to incorporate literacy into their daily lives, and have a lot of fun doing it! Family Literacy Day is offered at APL in partnership with Community Links.

For all our members and visitors, we look forward to 2014 as we look back on a very good year. Thanks to funding in part provided to us through grants and donations, we were able to realize a 16.52 per cent increase in circulation for our children's collections in 2013. Special thanks go to longtime APL supporter Pat Cashion, as well as the Government of Alberta’s Community Spirit Program, which has been a mainstay for the library and which has now finished. All that assistance is very much appreciated.

For more information on any of our programs and services, drop by, visit or call us at 403-948-0600.


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