By Cole Parkinson
Sunny South News
This year, the Coaldale Public Library was one of a few libraries that were recognized for their outstanding work in the community. The Rewards for Excellence and Distinction (READ) awards are given out annually by the Chinook Arch Regional Library System and this year, libraries were asked to share their COVID stories with the Chinook Arch Marketing and Communications Committee.
Overall, three stories received a $500 award and four received a $200 award.
The Coaldale Public Library received a $200 award for its story around Home Deliveries and they were recognized for positive community interactions.
“The library partnered with the Town of Coaldale to provide daily book deliveries. This program ran until the end of 2020 and was supplemented with curbside pick-up for those that did not live in Coaldale. This program truly supported members of the community in the early days of the pandemic. The library also partnered with other Coaldale organizations to spread Easter cheer. Town staff wearing bunny ears delivered 1,000 kits directly to people’s doors. The kits contained candy and activity packs. This was another way that the library brought joy to their community in the beginning of the pandemic.”
Libraries that were awarded $500 were Raymond Public Library (programming on demand), Vulcan Municipal Library (My own special COVID-19 memory), and Taber Public Library (best pandemic passive programs). The other $200 winners were Carmangay Municipal Library (COVID won’t stop us!), Crowsnest Community Library (BRAT pack goes virtual), and Kainai Public Library (operating during the pandemic).
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