Bentley Municipal Library is about a lot more than just books. It is the hub for information and offers many services for the entire community.
There are programs for babies through students and young adults, to those of the older generation who need large print books or want audio books.
There is a small meeting room available free of charge during regular hours.
The library sponsors free movie nights, has computers with Internet connections for those who want to use them, and offers faxing and photocopying.
Of course new books for all ages are arriving all the time including foreign language books, e-books, magazines and other publications.
They always have a variety of used books to pick from for just a donation and offer interlibrary loans, a Daisy reader for people with print disabilities, and access to the CNIB library collection that greatly expands the material available to choose from.
There is even a power monitor, donated by Fortis Alberta, available to help people find out how much energy their appliances are using.
Library manager Suzanne Moore is delighted with the newly renovated library facility and looking forward to the coming year.
Clerk Vera Boettger remains devoted, energetic, and indispensable in her role.
New in September was programmer Sheila Kelba-Warawa. She is excited to be a part of the library, is full of new ideas, and is looking forward to offering many new programs possibly including creating personal journals and mask making, so watch for upcoming programs.
The Book Club meets there the first Thursday of each month and new members are welcome.
Following the Bentley Municipal Library board annual general meeting on Nov. 14 there were few changes.
Robin Lemay remains the chairperson. Deputy chair and treasurer is Sandra Smyth.
The resignations of Sandy Hutchison and Edna Woltjer due to other commitments they now have had been accepted with regret.
Returning directors include Joyce Colborne and Rick Cookson-Hills, and a new director welcomed on board is Sherée Connors. She comes with lots of enthusiasm and expertise and is a welcomed addition. There is still room for one or two more directors. Please consider volunteering.
Leanne Vig agreed to audit the books.
On Patron Appreciation Days Dec.20 and 21 the community is invited to drop in for a look-see and for goodies.
The library will be closed over the Christmas holidays from Dec. 21 through Jan. 2.
The Tadpoles Program for newborns to 18-month-olds and the Leapfrogs Program for the 18-month to three-year-olds will run together from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays starting January 9.
Another set of Beginner Quilting with Arlene classes will begin in January. There are only two openings left so call the library at 403-748-4626 soon if you are interested.