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Library Link: Adopt-a-Book campaign is back

This year’s Adopt-a-Book runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31, so visit us online, or stop by and check out this year’s collection. 
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Airdrie Public Library's annual Adopt-a-Book campaign will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31.

The saying, “It takes a community to raise a child,” is unquestionably true, but it could also be applied to public libraries.

Airdrie Public Library (APL) is a board-run, non-profit society, funded through the local tax base, with additional funding coming from the regional library system level, and through a provincial library operating grant.

This funding allows us to pay for brick-and-mortal services and staff payroll, but everything else at APL – such as our collection of nearly 80,000 items, and all the nuts, bolts, and widgets required to meet the literacy needs of our community – comes from the generous support of local businesses, collaboration with other social agencies, various grants, and from the amazing generosity of the citizens of Airdrie.

One of the ways we see this support is through APL fundraisers, such as the annual Adopt-a-Book campaign; the perfect way to blend the importance of reading with gift giving.

Last year’s event was complicated by the pandemic, but Airdronians still adopted 183 books online through our website and through the display in the facility.

This year’s event will be similar. Participants may browse selections online or in the facility, with both avenues offering a fantastic choice of brand-new children’s readers, board books, picture books, junior fiction, adult fiction, and non-fiction titles.

The adopter’s name, the name of someone they wish to honour, or a special dedication is placed on a name plate in the book, and the adopter can be the first to sign it out when the book becomes available for pick-up.

And because the books you adopt become part of APL’s collection, they literally become the gift that keeps on giving, reader after reader.

So, it really does take a community to raise a library.

This year’s Adopt-a-Book runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31, so visit us online, or stop by and check out this year’s collection. 

For more information on the Adopt-a-Book fundraiser, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca

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