Marigold gears up for TD Summer Reading Club

July 10, 2017

In the year of Canada's 150th birthday, the TD Summer Reading Club invites kids to celebrate what makes books, libraries and Canada great, by encouraging them to open up to new ideas, new characters, new landscapes, and to one another.  B.C. based-artist Slavka Kolesar will illustrate the 2017 program. Check out more information and links

Marigold receives capital funding

11 July 2017

After a great deal of collaboration with Public Library Services Branch (PLSB), Marigold member municipalities and lots of advocacy from all regional systems directed to elected officials, Marigold has received $3,020,000 in capital funding to put towards a larger and better equipped headquarters building.

This money, which must be spent by 2021, will be added to Marigold’s $2.5M savings. “We still have to raise an additional $2.5M for the project” noted Michelle Toombs, CEO. The search continues for a suitable site upon which to build.

A Feasibility Study will be presented at the August Marigold Board meeting. (Note: Marigold’s portion ($3,020,000) came out of $10.7M in one-time capital funding from the Province for infrastructure upgrades to regional library system headquarters).
 
Marigold Board Chair, Lynda Lyster: 
“Marigold Board is grateful for the provincial government’s capital funding for regional library systems. Headquarters staff finds it increasingly challenging to work in a 65-year-old building that’s undersized and in deteriorating condition. The funding enables us to pursue an affordable solution to meet operational concerns and sustain a high standard for public library service delivery to our members.”

For more information contact:
Michelle Toombs - CEO
403-934-5334
tool free:  1-855-934-5334

Good News for Marigold Library System

15 June 2017

Government of Alberta’s Budget 2017 contains an unexpected $3,020,000 for Marigold:  After a great deal of collaboration with Public Library Services Branch (PLSB), Marigold member municipalities and lots of advocacy from all regional systems directed to elected officials, Marigold is receiving $3,020,000 in capital funding to put towards a larger and better equipped headquarters building. This money, which must be spent by 2021, will be added to Marigold’s $2.5M savings. "We still have to raise an additional $2M for the project" noted Michelle Toombs, CEO. The search continues for a suitable site upon which to build. A Feasibility Study will be presented at the August Marigold Board meeting. (Note: Marigold’s portion ($3,020,000) came out of $10.7M in one-time capital fuding from the Province for infrasturcture upgrades to regional library system headquarters).

Marigold Board is grateful for the provincial government’s capital funding for regional library systems. Headquarters staff finds it increasingly challenging to work in a 65-year-old building that’s undersized and in deteriorating condition. The funding enables us to pursue an affordable solution to meet operational concerns and sustain a high standard for public library service delivery to our members.  Marigold Board Chair, Lynda Lyster.

Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs:  “Our government sees strong support for libraries as another way we are making Albertans’ lives better. Libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed — especially our children and those developing skills and knowledge for the job market. As a champion for rural communities, I am particularly proud of the increased support for regional systems that will benefit Albertans in smaller communities.”


More Good News:  In 2016, the Alberta government started a new chapter to improve library access for Indigenous families by providing funding to cover non-resident fees. That funding continues. In 2017 Marigold will receive $93,000 for our Indigenous populations on Stoney Nakoda and Siksika First Nations for direct public library services.

“Our government is committed to ensuring that Indigenous people in Alberta have the same access to library services as any other Albertan. This funding will ensure that non-resident fees are no longer a barrier for those Indigenous people living on reserve who want to access their local municipal library.” -  Richard Feehan, Minister, Indigenous Relations

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For more information or to discuss Marigold Library System's exciting plans for a new headquarters contact Michelle Toombs, CEO.

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Marigold Board Declares Freedom to Read Week

28 November 2016


Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about, and to reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. Marigold encourages all member municipalities to proclaim this week of February 26 to March 4 as Freedom to Read Week 2017.

Freedom to Read is supported every day in Marigold libraries. Marigold member library boards, library staff members and volunteers work hard to provide an open, safe, judgment free setting where people can feel welcome and comfortable. No single library can house materials on every topic that is needed by or is of interest to its patrons.  This is why patrons of Marigold member libraries are incredibly fortunate - they have the collections of over 300 libraries in Alberta available to them!
 
Celebrate your Freedom to Read. 
(declared by Marigold Board at the November 26, 2016 Board Meeting.)

L2U Survey

07 November 2016

Take the L2U Customer Satisfaction Survey! Please take a moment to fill out this short satisfaction survey regarding L2U service. Your feedback is always appreciated and assists in making L2U service better.

Take the Marigold Customer Satisfaction Survey

31 October 2016

Marigold’s annual customer satisfaction survey for 2016 is now available. Your comments and hopes for Marigold are of great value to gauge the success of our services and to identify opportunities for improvement and development. This survey is designed for completion by Marigold Board members, library board members and chairs, library staff members and individuals who work in our member libraries as volunteers. Those who fill more than one role at the library (for example, as board member and volunteer) may complete the survey twice. The deadline for responding is November 13, 2016.

Note:  Survey responses are confidential and do not point to a specific person or location. Information from a specific library location is grouped into population categories for comparison with similar sized libraries. Individual survey responses are destroyed after the information has been tabulated.

In you need more information about how to access and complete this survey, please contact Jane Fisher or Nicole Talsma by email or telephone.

October is library card sign-up month in Marigold

14 September 2016

In October, Marigold joins Snoopy (and American Library Association) in celebrating a Library Card Sign-up Month in conjunction with Snapshot Day. Visit your local library for more information.

Alberta Culture Days

02 August 2016

Closure of Hussar Municipal Library

30 June 2016

Hussar Library Closed Indefinitely: Hussar Municipal Library is required to move out of their existing space which is housed in a school. The Hussar Municipal Library Board is currently investigating options for alternate library space. Hussar residents can use their library card to access Marigold’s online eResources and to access library services at any Marigold member library (such as Rockyford, Standard or Strathmore). If you require more information please contact Marigold Library System at 1-855-934-5334 or admin@marigold.ab.ca

Marigold member libraries — please contact your consultant.

High River Library Board wins Minister's Award

09 May 2016

Town of High River Library Board wins Minister's award for Excellence in Public Library Service:  The library creates Family Literacy Kits for their patrons to take home. These kits include books, toys, and CDs. What makes these kits unique is they include worksheets and activities to help the parents learn how to extend teachable moments. Depending on the theme of the kit, the activities may also involve crafts, cooking, math, and letter and sound recognition. Town of High River has been a member of Marigold Library System since 1981.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service.  The awards were presented at the Alberta Library Conference by Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs on April 29, 2016. The awards pertain to library services, which are defined as library activities and resources that provide a direct benefit to the public. Read about all the awards.