They’re aiming to better promote the resources they have available and hope that the regional library’s collection will keep growing.
A recent community fundraiser by the Western Valley Spartans hockey team in support of Cindy Roberts, who has breast cancer, drew attention to an overall shortage of publicly-accessible cancer resource books for children.
Annapolis Valley Regional Library community engagement co-ordinator Angela Reynolds said she thinks that it’s great that a group of young people such as the Spartans wanted to do something to benefit Roberts and the greater community.
The negatives are often focused on when our younger generation is discussed but Reynolds said the hockey players demonstrated that there are many young people out there doing positive things. She believes in celebrating such initiatives.
“I always think that it’s such an amazing thing when youth do things like that,” Reynolds said.
Although the library doesn’t have an abundance of cancer-related resources for children in their system, they do have a selection. They have published a book list in the “Book Room” section of the regional library’s website so that people looking for such resources can readily find them listed in one spot.
Reynolds said the resources are spread across the regional library network, so you may not be able to locate them by simply visiting your local branch and seeing what is on the shelves.
Reynolds said they are working to “demystify” the regional library. In general, people can search the library’s online card catalog for various resources or ask the staff at an AVRL branch. People can place holds on books or other resources, which are then sent to the branch closest to the individual.
“We don’t have these books here on the shelf to look pretty,” Reynolds said. “We want them to be used, we want people to have access to them and we want to make it easy for people to have access to them.”
Donating to the library
Reynolds said they are working to identify resources that currently aren’t in the library’s collection and working to get more copies of existing resources. She would welcome the opportunity to work with groups like the Western Valley Spartans that want to donate money to buy more.
She reminds the public that they have a book donation policy. Some of the resources pertaining to breast cancer, for example, were donated by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The library is always willing to accept financial donations so that brand new books can be purchased and cataloged correctly. There is information about donating to the AVRL on its website under the “Support the Library” link.
Sometimes people request that plates be placed inside the front cover of books purchased through donations to identify the donor or identify who is being honoured by the donation.
‘Positive Noise’ program
Reynolds said they have a program called Positive Noise, which is essentially a micro-grant project.
The regional library has partnered with Health Promoting Schools and the Department of Justice to offer the program. Young people can apply for grants of up to $200 to support positive projects they’re working on.
More information on the program can be found on the library’s website under the “Teen Zone” link.
- For more information on the Annapolis Valley Regional Library or how to make donations, visit www.valleylibrary.ca.
- To view lists of children’s book lists, including cancer-related resources for kids that are currently available, visit www.valleylibrary.ca/kids-booklists.