The Library Book
The year 2011 marks the centennial of the British Columbia Library Association, which was created by a small group of people eager to encourage library development in the province.
A library is all about sharing -- pooling our resources so we all benefit. That kind of thinking helped the early fur traders get through the tough, cold winters, and made life more pleasant for early settlers from Europe. Through the years, libraries have grown in size and in scope. Today, there are hundreds of libraries -- public, school, university, government and more -- serving British Columbians. And they are not just about books any more. They provide a full range of services, including music, movies, access to the Internet and programs for all ages. Libraries inform us, enlighten us and entertain us, helping British Columbians achieve a higher level of literacy and learning.
The history of libraries in British Columbia has been shaped by many people, including Andrew Carnegie, Ethelbert Olaf Stuart Scholefield, Helen Gordon Stewart and Ray Culos. This book traces their work, and the development of libraries over the past century and a half. It also looks ahead at what is to come, and how libraries will continue to serve us for many more decades.
In the end, it all comes down to sharing -- people working together for the common good.
Regular price: $50; Member price: $45 (please log in for discount).
Bulk orders: $40 / book when purchasing 8 or more.
Shipping / handling: $5 / book (flat fee to all locations). Shipping takes 1 - 3 weeks, depending on destination.
Books are now available in person at Munro's Books in Victoria (1108 Government Street, Victoria) and book’mark, The Library Store (run by the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library) in VPL's Central Branch (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver).
For sample pages and more information, please see: http://thelibrarybook.bclibraries.ca/