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Library celebrates best Canada Day barbecue to date

By: Anne Beaty

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 09:58 am

Patrons line up for the 2014 Airdrie PUblic Library Canada Day barbecue on July 1.
Patrons line up for the 2014 Airdrie PUblic Library Canada Day barbecue on July 1.
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It was the best Canada Day to date for Airdrie Public Library (APL).

Thanks to support from the community and the ongoing generosity of The Butcher Shoppe – and help from 40 volunteers – the 11th annual APL Canada Day Barbecue served 600 people and raised more than $4,000 for the library.

“The smiling faces that came through the lines said it all,” said Marilyne Aalhus, APL fund development coordinator.

“APL relies on the support of community members to fund our programs and services, and the barbecue was the perfect way for individuals and families to show us how much they care and appreciate APL.”

For Butcher Shoppe owners Tracey and Brian Hauck, the event is a longtime family favourite and a fantastic way to support a facility they see as integral to the community.

“The library is a vital part of our community,” Tracey said.

“We are proud and honoured to be in partnership with them and their wonderful staff.”

Money raised from the annual event goes to fund APL’s programs and services – which the Hauck family has enjoyed for many years, ever since daughter Jen, then in high school, began to use the library for information. Her love of reading and “insatiable appetite” for knowledge introduced the Haucks to APL and encouraged many family conversations, said her mother.

“There is no better place to begin the knowledge for all of us to have access to than the public library,” Tracey said.

“Reading is knowledge; knowledge is power; and with power we can all do our part to make our world a better place to live for our future generations.”


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