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Airdrie Public Library values volunteers

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By: Anne Beaty

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:38 am

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Across the country, the largest group of volunteers is 15 to 24 year olds, and that is certainly true at Airdrie Public Library (APL).

For APL some of our strongest support comes from those young people who volunteer their time with the library. We have teens who help in many capacities, especially at this time with the TD Summer Reading Club.

“We have a lot of teen volunteers who help with programs,” said Ann Williamson, APL volunteer co-ordinator.

Approximately 20 to 25 people of all ages volunteer weekly on a regular basis – shelving books, shelf-reading to ensure everything is in order, working behind the scenes to process new material and do the mending and taping – and upwards of 50 when it comes to helping with our special events, such as the Canada Day barbecue and Airdrie Fest. Programs that have benefited from volunteer participation include Junior Artists, Stories and Crafts, L’heure du conte and Sunday Cinema. Our Spanish programs have all been designed and run by volunteers, as well. A new initiative is our volunteer greeters and guides, who assist people with self-checkout, help them find materials and give them tours of the library.

This strong support speaks well for how the community values APL.

“The library is owned by the community, so the more the community is involved, the more relevant (the library) is,” Williamson said.

Another way people can contribute is by joining the Advocates for Airdrie Public Library. The Advocates’ goals include promoting APL and raising funds for the library, and they welcome any and all support.

“They are actively looking for new members,” Williamson said.

For more information, contact the Advocates at or check out their Facebook page at

For more information on APL’s programs and services, visit, call 403-948-0600 or drop by the library.


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