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Library would not be able to operate without wonderful volunteers

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By: Ann Williamson

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:28 am

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If one measure of an organization’s strength is volunteer support, then Airdrie Public Library (APL) has ‘superhero’ strength.

APL is very fortunate to have a team of dedicated, hardworking, wonderful volunteers without whom we couldn’t do what we do.

While we appreciate our volunteers every day of the year, National Volunteer Week, April 6 to 12, gives us a chance to take special note of how much they mean to us and give them a very big thank you.

In 2013 volunteers contributed more than 1,500 hours to APL, extending and expanding library services available to the community. APL volunteers are an integral part of our operations and our success. Volunteers are involved in every area of our operations, including programs, events, fundraising, new material processing, mending and shelving.

Our volunteers include tweens and teens, young adults, adults and seniors, who all volunteer at the library for a variety of reasons. Some require volunteer hours for leadership programs or courses; some are new to Airdrie and want to meet people in the community; some are retired and want to stay actively engaged; and some volunteer their time and efforts to our board of directors and Advocates group.

No matter their role, all want to contribute in a meaningful way to make Airdrie a great place in which to live.

We are truly fortunate as a community that our citizens care enough to give so generously of their valuable time.

Coming up at APL: Junior Artists – Alicia Laurin, painted tiles on April 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Adult author visit – Chris Turner, The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada on April 10 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.


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