Free library card deadline approaching for residents who live in The Town of Bentley and Lacombe County

The deadline is fast approaching. Residents of Bentley and Lacombe County have just a month left.

The deadline is fast approaching. Residents of Bentley and Lacombe County have just a month left.

Up until August 31 local residents can drop in at the Bentley Municipal Library and apply for a free Bentley library card. The card will be valid for one year.

It is the local library’s birthday gift to the Bentley community in honor of Bentley’s 100th anniversary that is being celebrated this year.

Any patron already holding a valid card before May 1will have a free one-year extension added.

It is hoped the introduction of free cards will entice more people to come in and use the library`s resources and will thus increase usership and awareness of what the library offers. The free library card program will be re-accessed after a year to see if that has happened.

Bentley offers much more than just the stereotypical library. By being a member, lots of other libraries can also be accessed – not just Bentley.

They offer many services including photocopying, computers for research, online resources, in-house programming, and access to other Parkland Regional Library (PRL) libraries as well as stock books, newspapers, magazines, videos, audio books, and more.

The Summer Reading Program is now running on Wednesday afternoons for children ages 6-12.

There are free movie nights usually held on two Thursdays per month. In August, shows will be held August 13 and 27, starting at 7 p.m.

There are free Games Nights each month. In August the Bentley Municipal Library invites people to come and challenge their family and friends with computer, video, or board games on August 6 & 20, from 7-9 p.m.

To let staff enjoy the town`s annual parade, on Bentley parade day August 6 the library will be closed until 2:30 p.m. but will be open after the parade.

A special event during the fair is being offered on Saturday, August 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bentley Library is hosting a free “Kids Kraft Zone”.

Bentley library regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and is closed on holidays.

Drop in during regular hours or call 403-748-4626 for more information and details.