As we come into the month of February, the Rycroft Library would like to say thank you to everyone that made 2019 a wonderful year. From our first event of the year (Valentine’s Day) to the last event (Christmas/Book Fair) we appreciated all the joy, fun and happiness that was discovered at our little Library.
We would also like to thank all the companies, and individuals that made contributions to help our library be able to provide library services to our communities. With them, we were able to provide events, programming, and technology upgrades.
Our successes this past year include: monthly movie matinee’s, holiday events, story-time programming for toddlers, Lego club, Family history group, having Juno Award nominee Mary Lambert join us for a concert, and a book fair.
Some information to show how important Rycroft Library is to our communities are: over 2000 people have come through our doors in 2019, ran over 50 events and programs, and have over 250 hours spent on the computers. Our numbers for checkouts, interlibrary loans, and e-resource is up from previous years as well.
Most small rural libraries struggle with funding as most non-profits in rural areas do. We rely on our municipalities, grants and generous contributions from the community to help us to continue to provide these services. The Spirit River Library’s article in the Central Peace Signal edition 10 September 2019 is a well written example of what small libraries are facing and most of what is stated can be said for Rycroft Library too. There are a number of different ways you can help your local library from donations, to sponsoring events, volunteering your time once a month, joining the board or Friends of Society.