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APL hosts Coffee with the Candidates

Elections Canada 2019
Airdrie Public Library will host a Coffee with the Candidates event Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Photo: Elections Canada

Libraries in Alberta are governed under the Alberta Libraries Act and Regulations, which form the legal basis for the existence of public libraries in a community.

While libraries across North America have a history of social and political activism – take Freedom to Read Week in support of intellectual freedom for instance – it’s not often a library will throw open its doors and welcome the flurry of activity surrounding an election, especially in this era of hyper-partisan politics.

However, part of Airdrie Public Library’s (APL) service plan is to provide space for the many cultural facets of our community – art, music, literature, technology, programming for children, youth and adults, and, yes, politics. It’s what the cultural hub of a community does.

Please join us on Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. as we host Coffee with the Candidates. Meet and mingle over coffee with those running for MP in the Banff-Airdrie district. We’ve invited them all and, hopefully, they’ll be there to take your questions concerning the Oct. 21 election and what it means for Canadians.

And now for something completely different. APL has a new online resource designed to help parents choose books for their new born to five-year-old children by providing list of vetted, recommended titles.

The list includes 25 titles each for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and includes a description, image of the cover and where to find it in the library or in the interlibrary system.

Also included is a list of resources, is information for parents on how to select books for children in the newborn to preschool age range, as well as additional vetted search tools. For more information, visit and look for “Great Books” under the Preschool Programs tab.

Information on other programs and resources is also available on the website, by calling 403-948-0600 or dropping by the library and get your free library card.