It might be a surprise to some people to learn Airdrie Public Library (APL) is a board-run, non-profit society. Public libraries in Alberta are a service provided by municipalities under the Libraries Act and are – as in APL’s case – governed by a board comprised of City council members and volunteers.
Libraries are funded through the local tax base, with additional funding at the regional library system level and by a provincial library operating grant.
This funding provides brick-and-mortar 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, come from the generous support of local businesses, collaboration with other social agencies, various grants and from the amazing generosity of Airdronians.
One of the ways we see this support is through fundraisers, such as our Grow a Reader campaign. This popular program raises funds for our children’s programs and services and is easy to participate in – anyone can donate online or in the library, now that we’re open again.
As in previous years, Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with APL for this important fundraiser, allowing their customers to donate to us at select locations. Donations are also being accepted at the local Scotiabank branch that is next to the library facility. As well, watch for a Grow a Reader Raffle sponsored by the Advocates for Airdrie Public Library at participating Shoppers Drug Marts.
APL is grateful to Shoppers Drug Mart and Scotiabank for their involvement in this campaign, and for every Airdronian who has contributed year after year. It truly does take a community to grow a reader.
For more information on how to donate, or to learn more about any of APL’s programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca, call 403-948-0600 or stop by our Main Street facility during open hours.