May 21, 2022

Calgary Public Library Steps Up to Help New Canadians + Welcome to the Library Video

From the CBC:

The Calgary Public Library is boosting its services for newcomers to Calgary and Canada, thanks to a donation from the Royal Bank of Canada.

RBC has donated $550,000 toward the “Welcome to the Library” initiative.


“They’re people [new Canadians] that drive the economy and they will remember their first point of contact with the country was the public library.” [Bill Ptacek, CPL CEO].

The library serves more than a million people, Ptacek said, “so this gift from the RBC Foundation will allow the library to focus on helping newcomers with the skills, information and contacts that they need to navigate their new home.”

Read the Complete Article

Direct to Welcome to the Library Webpage

Learn More in the Formal Announcement from the Calgary Public Library Foundation and Royal Bank of Canada

Learn More About the Calgary Public Library Foundation (5 pages; PDF)
Page 5 of this document includes the foundation’s statement of the role of the 21st Century library

Welcome to the Library Video (Available in 18 Languages With More Languages On the Way)

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