HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR - "TRAVELLING TALES"Special funding from the Ontario Ministry of Community, Family & Children’s Services and the Region of Niagara was received to implement a library outreach program for pre-schoolers and parents. A Community Storyteller went to a variety of sites throughout the City of Niagara Falls to conduct free preschool literacy-based programs for children ages two to six and to promote parenting resources. The outreach program was then continued by volunteers.
The forty-five minute program included stories, crafts, fingerplays, songs, music and games. Parents and caregivers were given brochures outlining children’s services and parenting resources available at the library.
2003 was the first of three years for this project and almost 2,000 children participated. The first six years of life lay the foundation for much of the knowledge and skills required for successful school adjustment and later adult competence. Literacy is vitally important and the public library provides a wide range of age appropriate books for the early years.
The Community Storyteller regularly visited the following sites to foster early literacy: Adolescent’s Family Support Services of Niagara at Diamond Jubilee School, the Boys & Girls Club, Dr. Fingland Regional Child Care Centre, Fallsway Early Learning & Parenting Program (FACS) at Kingston College, Niagara Regional Housing, Ontario Early Years Centre & Satellites, Project Share, St. Ann’s Adult Learning Centre and the YMCA program at Kate S. Durdan/Loretto School.
GOVERNMENT FUNDINGThe Library is funded by the City of Niagara Falls and the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Special grants were received from Human Resources Development Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Community, Family & Children’s Services and the Region of Niagara for special children’s programs. The Board extends thanks to all library supporters, particularly the Council and Staff of the City of Niagara Falls.
DONATIONSOfficial receipts for income tax purposes were issued by the library for many financial donations. Donors of $300 or more were recognized by having their name engraved on a plaque at one of the 3 libraries.
COMMUNITY USE OF MEETING ROOMSLibrary meeting rooms were used hundreds of times by organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals. Meeting rooms were also used many other times for library programs for children and adults.
LIBRARY PROGRAMMESDozens of exhibitions, displays, demonstrations, readings, films and lectures were enjoyed by people of all ages. The library welcomed many community non-profit groups who set-up public education displays on a variety of important subjects. We also extend particular thanks to the artists and organizations who exhibited their work in the art gallery and in the glass display cases.
LIBRARY RESOURCES & THEIR USE
Interlibrary loans with other libraries:
In a Typical Week:
FINANCIAL SUMMARY (subject to audit)
Operating Budget 2003
Total regular library hours open per week at the three libraries: 148.5 hoursTotal area for library purposes at the three libraries:58,819 sq. ft.Prepared March 2004