Summer has finally reached the Coast and many of us are setting the pause button on busy schedules and gearing up to slow down and enjoy some long awaited summer-time activities. Whether this means a road trip, time at the beach, on a boat, preparing for visitors or just finding that perfect spot in the yard or on the deck with a good book – you’ll want to visit the Library to help get you started.
Yes, the Library has books, magazines, dvds and audiobooks (close to 37,000), but did you know the Library also has ebooks and digital audio books plus streaming films and documentaries? The Library has over 72,000 digital items that you can download and stream anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection and a Library membership. If you are feeling more ambitious, explore the Library’s online professional and personal development course offerings. With an Internet connection and Library membership you can take computer, bookkeeping, creative writing, digital photography, and language online courses. This is just a short list of the number of online courses available to Library members for free.
Library staff are here year round to help you find a book, recommend your next great read, download ebooks and help you get started with online courses. Drop by the Library to learn more.
On another note this is my last column for the Library. I’m leaving the Coast to pursue a new opportunity; in August I start the position of Chief Librarian with the city of Nelson.
It has truly been a privilege to work with the Library Boards, staff and volunteers over the last five years. There are a number of projects such as the 100th anniversary celebrations and the reconfiguration that have been highlights of my career. Thank you to everyone who helped welcome me to the community and provide a positive and supportive environment in which to live and work. I leave knowing the Library is a vital part of the community and will continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of residents.
All the best.