October 7, 2015

Edmonton Public Library Extends Outreach Workers Project

From MetroNews.ca

Downtown has them but soon five more Edmonton Public libraries will have access to the three outreach workers who have helped individuals at Stanley L. Milner for the last three years.

Edmonton Public Library officials announced Thursday their outreach workers who work with at-risk individuals accessing the library will extend their service to Abbottsfield, Highlands, Sprucewood, Woodcroft and Strathcona libraries as well.

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From the Edmonton Journal:

The extension of the program comes as part of a big year for the public library, which earlier this month announced it was continuing its free library card program, implemented as part of the library’s centennial celebrations in 2013. Alberta is one of the only Canadian jurisdictions, along with parts of Quebec, that charges for library cards.

A new library branch is also expected to open in Highlands this summer.

“Your public library is public. It is for everyone, and everyone is welcome,” said Edmonton Public Library CEO Linda Cook. “The vulnerable are our customers as well. We provide books and all kinds of materials to all of our customers. These customers need something a little different, so that’s what we provide to them.”

EPL has a $52-million annual budget, with most coming from the City of Edmonton.

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See Also: EPL Outreach Services Web Page

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