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Volunteer Resources: 2013 Overview

by Katie R

Calgary Public Library is grateful to have outstanding volunteers who donate their time, talents and energies in an effort to help us with our mission and service goals.

As we begin a new year, we would like to take a few moments to highlight some of our achievements in 2013.

  1. Launch of the Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds program
  2. 20,000 Books Under the Bow city-wide book drive
  3. "Curious", our mascot, brought the Library to people throughout the city
  4. We now boast over 2,100 volunteers
  5. Volunteers contributed over 40,000 hours

The Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds program launched in three branches in January 2013. The program provides math support for students in Grades 1 to 6. It has quickly become very popular and is now available in nine Library branches across the city.

We have are very fortunate to have such committed and passionate volunteers who give their time to support 23 programs across our 18 locations. Many of them have been volunteering for the Library for several years. Our records show that 83 volunteers have achieved milestones of over 10 years of volunteering with the Calgary Public Library. Congratulations and thank you for your commitment and enthusiasm!

The city-wide book drive: 20,000 Books Under the Bow in support of the Library’s flood recovery efforts was a tremendous success. Volunteers collected, sorted and boxed over 300,000 books! The proceeds from these books will be used to purchase new library materials.

2014 will bring new volunteer based programs such as Coder Dojo at the Thorn Hill Library and we will continue to grow the Canadian Oil Sands Math Minds program to more Library locations. We are also excited to be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Homebound Readers Program where volunteers take books to Calgarians who are unable to come to the Library due to mobility and or health issues. Volunteer contribution and program anniversaries will be celebrated at our annual Volunteer Recognition Event scheduled for April.

Interested in volunteering at Calgary Public Library? We're always recruiting volunteers for various volunteer roles. Apply and be part of a great story. Happy New Year!