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Meet the staff For some, Powell River Public Library means checking out reading material or researching a certain topic of interest, but knowledgeable library staff are responsible for a host of programs and services. Now that the new library has opened, here is a look at its staff members and what they do for patrons.

Currently reading: “Eating Dirt by local author Charlotte Gill.” Best thing about the new library: “It’s a great new space for the community.”

Rebecca manages the library’s digital and print collections, keeping bestsellers and awardwinners on the shelf and removing outdated or broken materials.

REBECCA BURBANK Assistant chief librarian rburbank@prpl.ca

Currently reading: “The stack is towering, and mostly picture books, though I am looking forward to reading Pat Carney’s On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers.”

New library opens its doors Long-awaited public space opens at Crossroads Village Shopping Centre IONATAN WAISGLUSS Peak contributor

Best thing about the new library: “It’s a toss-up between the location and the space; this library is more accessible and central, plus it’s beautiful!”

Almost three years after going to referendum on the construction of a new library at Crossroads Village Shopping Centre, Powell River Public Library is finally open to the public. Assistant chief librarian Rebecca

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Burbank moved to town shortly after the referendum and started working at the old library location. “They told me the new one would be built in the summer,” said Burbank. “I always joke they didn’t tell me which summer.” For many, such as retired resident William Langlands who moved to town in 1979, the wait has been much longer than three years. “There was a lot of pressure on the library then; it was overused and small,” said Langlands. “People were writing letters to the editor and taking action for a new library 38 years ago.” According to Burbank, the transi-

tion to the new library was strongly supported by the community and brought together a diverse group of staff members. “None of us had ever done anything like this,” she said. “All of our contracts say ‘other duties as assigned.’ There was a lot of that in opening the new library.” Burbank said the library has always been a well-utilized public resource. “Many patrons used the old library,” she said. “They understood there was a lot that could be improved. We’re creating something the community can be proud of with this new library.” According to Burbank, the new space »B3

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As chief librarian, Terry’s job includes carrying out the policies established by the library’s board of trustees. He is responsible for interpreting policy into procedures for staff to implement in the operation and maintenance of the library, everything from fixing furniture to working with budgets and policies.


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Michelle has held the position of office services administrator for nine years. Her work involves managing the library’s financial resources, along with helping patrons at the library service desk. She is often the first staff member to see new books and magazines that arrive at the library. Currently reading: MICHELLE NOURRY Office services administrator “I am an avid reader of magazines and mnourry@prpl.ca other periodicals.” Best thing about the new library: “In my opinion, it’s the children’s and teen’s rooms. What an inspiring place to start a lifetime of literacy.”

B2« OPENING reflects the staff, volunteers and other groups and individuals who helped make it a reality. “The amount of work put in by so many people really makes this Powell River’s library,” she said. Not-for-profit organization Friends of the Library has also supported the library in its move to a new location, said Burbank. For more than 20 years, the organization has been advocating and raising funds for the library, said treasurer Ann Trousdell. The group has raised $70,000 so far for the new space, holding book sales and other events to support the purchase of new materials, including books and computers. “We’ve also had a lot of support from organizations and families who have helped us fund rooms like the Rotary Makerspace,” said Burbank. According to Burbank, the new location is much larger and more inviting than Powell River’s previous library. She said library staff design styles are reflected in the library’s comfortable furniture. “We’ve had a lot of control over the inside, like the carts, seats, tables and even the service desk,” said Burbank. “The old library was more like a warehouse for books. This library has diverse places for people to sit, read and meet.”

Leanne oversees dayto-day operations of the service desk; this includes training other staff, helping to develop procedures and policy, keeping statistics for the library and supervising the desk. Currently reading: “All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.” Best thing about the LEANNE BASHFORT new library: “The Circulation services coordinator spaciousness.” lbashforth@prpl.ca Mark coordinates adult programs, including technical workshops and lecture events. He is also coordinator of the library’s Read to Seniors program, an offsite program serving seniors in the community. Currently reading: “A couple of books on classical art and architecture.” MARK MERLINO Adult services coordinator Best thing about the new library: “The large mmerlino@prpl.ca meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.”

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JOANNE TOBIE Adult services coordinator jtobie@prpl.ca

Joanne is the coordinator for the library’s Books on Wheels program, providing service to patrons with limited access to the library. Currently reading: “I have five cookbooks on the go.” Best thing about the new library: “It’s three times bigger than the previous library, which means more books and DVDs. Also, having room for the library’s programs is tremendous.”

Deborah’s duties include coordinating youth events, such as the upcoming Survival Smarts for Kids program. She creates, promotes and implements programming, both in-house and outreach, for children and their families in Powell River. Currently reading: “A juvenile fiction called DEBORAH ZAGWYN Timmy Failure: The Book Children’s services coordinator You’re Not Supposed to dzagwyn@prpl.ca Have by Stephan Pastis.” Best thing about the new library: “The new dance-in-the-sunlight, curl-up-on-acarpet children’s room; airy, light, creative, welcoming and chock-full of amazing books and furnishings. Second-best is the teen space: too cool for words.”

As teen services coordinator, Megan is responsible for organizing events and programming for teens in the community. She also works at the service desk, taking reference questions, placing holds and checking books in and out. Currently reading: “Because I love cooking, MEGAN COLE one book that I always Teen services coordinator go back to is Molly on the cole@prpl.ca Range by Molly Yeh.” Best thing about the new library: “Our teens actually have their own space in this library. Unlike our old location, which just had one bookshelf for teens, this library has a study area, cozy reading chairs and lots of room for our teen collection to grow. The room also showcases a spectacular mural by artist Luke Ramsey.”

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Changing face of the library New location serves community better by providing access to resources and technology IONATAN WAISGLUSS Peak contributor

Over the last few decades, public libraries have adapted to a tremendous amount of change. In as little as 30

years, digital media has gone from a fringe resource to a mainstream reality. Libraries throughout Canada and other parts of the world have responded to a growing demand for media that goes beyond print. For Powell River Public Library, this has meant stocking traditional digital media such as CDs and DVDs, providing access to electronic resources such as e-books and audio files, and giving ongoing support to patrons in techrelated matters. “Most of the questions I get are tech-related,” said

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the library’s adult services coordinator Mark Merlino. “People need help with their tablets or Facebook, and we provide programs for that.” New types of media have found their way into modern life, each requiring its own literacy, and tech is important, said Merlino. According to circulation services coordinator Leanne Bashforth, the library provides access to high-tech items such as 3D printers, iPads, GoPro cameras and drawing tablets. Other resources include online learning, movie streaming and

more, she said. “Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense for people to purchase these things themselves, but they can access them at the library,” said Merlino. Bashforth said the library is also able to provide materials to people unable to visit the site through programs such as Books on Wheels and Books by Mail. “We work with groups such as the National Network for Equitable Library Service and Centre for Equitable Library Access to provide access to people with disabili»B5

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B4« FUTURE ties,” said Bashforth. According to Bashforth, a wide range of people of all ages from the community use the library. Merlino coordinates the library’s Read to Seniors, an offsite volunteer program serving seniors at Willingdon Creek Village. Merlino said seniors make up a significant portion of the library’s patrons, along with people requiring somewhere to sit or work. According to assistant chief librarian Rebecca Burbank, many library patrons seek shelter from the weather or an opportunity to search for jobs online. For patrons who do not speak

English or need access to foreignlanguage materials, the library offers a number of books in different languages, along with access to a large network of interlibrary loans, said Merlino. Among its other resources, Powell River Public Library provides access to community space, said Burbank. With two regular meeting rooms and a large community room, the location makes it easy for non-profits to meet at any time of year, she said. “With all this space, we can have more work stations and host more programs in the library,” said Burbank. Powell River Employment Program’s Literacy Centre is also a feature of the new library, providing access to literacy training through

its Community Adult Literacy and Learning program. According to literacy outreach coordinator Megan Dulcie Dill, the new library is in a more accessible location than before. “It’s a bright, cultural hub in the middle of town,” said Dulcie Dill, “and a great place to exchange ideas.” Dill said the new library space will be an excellent location for literacy tutors, who can use the many resources available, as well as a variety of public and private spaces, for tutoring. According to Merlino, the idea was to offer “something for everyone.” “Ultimately,” he said, “we want to offer what the community is looking for.”

As the library’s technical services coordinator, Dot is responsible for cataloguing new acquisitions, such as books and other physical resources. Currently reading: “The newest mysteries by SJ Bolton and Mo Hayder.” Best thing about the new library: “Lots of space!”

Sandra has run the Memoir Writing for Seniors program for the past six years. More than 100 seniors have graduated from a seven-week writing course she facilitates. Sandra is coordinator and editor for a series of library-published memoir anthologies, including Slices (2013), Taboo (2016) and Turning Points. She also coordinates memoir writing events. Currently reading: “Right now I SANDRA TONN Seniors’ services coordinator am enjoying the non-fiction book Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson.” stonn@prpl.ca Best thing about the new library: “It’s a space that is worthy of our wonderful, active and engaged community of library patrons.”

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Teen services coordinator: Sonia Zagwyn (on leave). Library assistants: Brenda Allan, Pamela Brown, Angela Gunther and David Parkinson. Pages: Stephen Anderson, Luke Bjelica, Anissa Brown, Eirene Ponsford and Sheena Slootweg.

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Libraries are mostly linear places featuring straight rows with stacks of books and a rectangular shape, but a variety of art installations at the new Powell River Public Library create a juxtaposition of flow. The sheen of designer Leo Zagwyn’s spectacularly crafted circulation desk converges with two landscape panels centred near first nations carver Ivan Rosypskye’s indigenous mask. Patrons

will also discover the curves and strokes of Luke Ramsey’s mural in the teen room and Ed Oldfield’s striking salmon art installation in the Elsie Paul Literacy Centre. One of the most prominent art pieces is graphic designer Ryan Thompson [left in photo] and artist Colin MacRae’s organic tree sculpture at the entrance to the Anne Woznow Children’s Reading Room. “The tree is a solid reflection of its surroundings and this environment we live within,” said MacRae. “It’s all of the elements of the west coast rainforest brought into the building, which is very linear.” The library board of trustees had the idea to bring

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the outside in with the new location’s art installations, according to MacRae. Built around one of the library’s structural columns, MacRae and Thompson’s sculpture is made from metal and one cedar log. “The log took a bit of ingenuity because we didn’t know exactly how it was going to fit, so we had to get the rough measurements,” said Thompson. “Then we had to bring it in, install it, fine-tune the measurements, take it all apart and back to the shop, finish it up there and then bring it back and reinstall it.” The pair have worked together on various projects for the last three years. The tree idea came from some-

thing MacRae scratched out on a piece of paper. “Ryan formally adapted it to a three-dimensional, digital design,” said MacRae. The piece and its accompanying beach scene inside the children’s reading room turned out better than the two artists had anticipated, according to Thompson. “I love it; I would never have imagined it,” he said. “You have the drawings, but until you see it in the space, it’s kind of a surprise.” MacRae said the tree and beach are imaginative and playful. “It means everything as a child to have this space,” said MacRae, “with these elements that just fire up your imagination.”

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If happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book, then Powell River residents need to look no further than the new public library’s coffee shop: The Nook. “One of the trends in libraries is trying to make more community space,” said chief librarian Terry Noreault. “A number of libraries have opened up coffee shops toward that end to try to invite the community in.” The idea was brought to the library board by Powell River Employment Program Society executive director Lyn Adamson, who suggested operating a coffee shop as a social-enterprise business to raise funds for the non-profit society. PREP’s board of directors will decide how to distribute profits from The Nook among programs it operates, according to Adamson. “We think we’ve created a great synergy,” said Adamson. “It’s making a really awesome atmosphere at the library, turning it more into a community centre.” The non-profit society will put profits from The Nook toward its programs, such as Family Place, Community

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