Waiting for the cake to be cut

Waiting for the cake to be cut

Library celebrates 75 years of being important to the Nechako Valley

Dozens gathered at the Vanderhoof Public Library to celebrate the library’s 75th birthday on Saturday.

Dozens gathered at the Vanderhoof Public Library to celebrate the library’s 75th birthday on Saturday March 3.

Library board chair Donna Klingspohn welcomed everyone and thanked  supporters.

“Those of you who have served the library in the past, and to those who continue to serve, either as a board member, a Friend of the Library or as library staff,” Klingspohn said.

She noted the library opened its doors in 1935 and has been supporting literacy in the community at various locations. Many remember when the library was housed at the arena from 1982 to 2004.

“That location gave new meaning to chilling out with a good book,” Klingspohn joked to appreciative applause.

The library has been at its present location on Stewart St. since 2004 and lots goes on there including pajama parties, lego club, computer learning, story time and art shows.

The library also goes into the community through their Outreach Program, providing the hospital with reading material, summer reading club and book clubs. They also offer audio and E-books, a Daisy reader for the visually impaired.

Klingspohn noted industry people driving to or working in the bush are one of their biggest consumers of E-books.

She noted the library has 3,000 members which is a high per cent of the local population. Also the library won a Library Gold award in 2010  for the most increase usuage of its online resources in the province.

The library birthday party featured a slide show with music that took guests down memory lane through the events and  changes of the past 75 years. The library also celebrated the Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive for its important resource for looking into the past via press clippings.