Annual Reports

Annual Report 2016

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 Message from the Chair:

Chair-Sylvia

On behalf of the Board, I’m pleased to present the 2016 Annual Report which highlights many SPL achievements. Our focus is to continue to provide the high quality services, resources, and best customer service that our patrons have come to expect from us. I feel it is important that SPL continues to provide the cultural nourishment that our community needs as it grows. I would like to thank District of Stewart Council for their ongoing support of SPL, as we would not be able to deliver such value to the community without their support and involvement.  I would like to extend a sincere thank you to our current Board Members: Jennifer Eckess, Jenn Marx, Brad Pettit, and our DOS representative Patty Lynn for all of the direction they have provided with a view to achieving SPL’s goals. In 2017 the Stewart Public Library will celebrate its 50 Golden Jubilee: 50 years of progress. Started in 1967 as a small Community Reading Centre we grow our collection and enrich our service for our community. We are proud of our achievement and want to thank all our patrons, who supported us through our half-century of a community service.

                                                                                Sylvia Goulet Chairperson Stewart Public Library Board

 

The Stewart Public Library is a place for the community to gather– to connect to each other and the world. We provide access to information in a variety of formats – and in the way that is most convenient for our customers. 

VISION  MISSION VALUES

Vision: Our vision is to be a social and intellectual gathering place for everyone – a safe, inviting and inclusive community centre that informs and provide province-wide electronic access to the full potential of the resources available.

Mission: The Mission of the Stewart Public Library is to enrich the life of every person in our community by providing access to the world’s ideas and information.

Values:

  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Accessibility
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Inclusivity
  • Exceptional Public Service
  • Accountability

quick facts

50 years of community service

3778 items borrowed and used in-house (physical)

2888 visits (in-person) and 857 online

14 new users registered, 578 cardholders, 132 active residents cardholders

113 downloads of online resources

4 different programs for adults and children

16151 items in our collection (physical) and over 65000 online titles

Stewart Public Library Online http://stewart.bc.libraries.coop

857 visits

1,820 pageviews, 1,344 unique pageviews

8 total searches on your website, 3 unique keywords

113 downloads, 98 unique downloads

190 outlinks, 164 unique outlinks

42 max actions in one visit

What makes Stewart Public Library so awesome?

 

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How SPL inspired the community

in 2016…a few highlights:

 

Taking out conventional materials like books and CDs or DVDs accounted for about 90 per cent of the total financial value of a library card in 2016. But there are invaluable experiences of learning and connecting to be had at Stewart Public Library too!

 

Emerging Technologies and Online Library SPL remains a place where people of Stewart can seek personal assistance as they learn to embrace new technologies and keep pace with 21st century literacies. In 2016, SPL saw a demand from community members, including seniors, seeking to better understand new technologies and make use of online resources such as eMusic, eBooks, mobile apps, social media platforms, and more. People can get a support in the area of emerging technologies in one-on-one sessions with an SPL staff member, or in a group setting. SPL offered the community access to new resource through its Online Library in 2016: e-magazines (ZINIO).

Public Programming events included:

We are offering three programs (Mother Goose, Storytime with Puppets, and Art Classes) to our community.

Our facilitators leads fun activities, including stories, music, and arts, to help children grow.

Fun Magic Show with Leif David.

The performance was taken place on the Bear Valley School Gym.  There are over 70 adults and kids attended the show “Book your Trip”

Free of charge

Lego Robotic Workshop

½ day workshop for kids age 9-14.

Participants:

Build Robot from a plan

Invent and Build attachments

Free of charge

Public Internet Access

Two computers are available for students and public for free Internet access in the Library.

Free for our patrons

Grants.

Additional to our ongoing grants (such as operating grant, share resources ILL grant, DOS grant, equity grant) we received Canada Post grant to support our children programs.

Reports.

BC PLSB annual statistics survey 2016 has been completed as well as the Aboriginal Days and Success by 6.

Annual Provincial Report 2015 is completed.

 

The Stewart Public Library is a place for the community to gather– to connect to each other and the world. We provide access to information in a variety of formats – and in the way that is most convenient for our customers.

Annual Report 2015

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

 

Stewart Public Library is one of Stewart’s greatest assets. The library provides free access to a rich array of the world’s stories, ideas and information, and in a variety of formats.

The Library is important public space. Our collections, public programs, public computing, as well as our staff, are there to support the community aspirations of our town. We envision a community where all people are informed, literate and entertained. Over the past year, the library has reached out to new partners and has had the pleasure of having others reach out to us. Our participation at community Early Learning table and our closer involvement with Success by 6 and United Way has made possible events such as the “Aboriginal Days”, “Family Health Faire”, Mother Goose, and First Steps.

I would like to acknowledge the District of Stewart. The vast majority of the library’s funding comes from the District and we remain grateful for the ongoing commitment to public library service.

Sylvia Goulet Chairperson Stewart Public Library Board

Stewart Public Library   Annual Report 2015

The Stewart Public Library is a place for the community to gather– to connect to each other and the world. We provide access to information in a variety of formats – and in the way that is most convenient for our customers. 

 

 

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Again we have the honor of presenting this annual report to the SPLA membership.

  • The Stewart Public Library has membership of 579 including BC OneCard users and BC Libraries – ILL participants.
  • We have 115 active resident cardholders, which is 23,57% of our community population. Plus 13 active BC One Card holders outside of Federation.
  • On December 31, 2015 our library held 15987 items in the physical collection (plus 3018 Bear Valley School catalogs items).
  • The electronic collection has 61491 items (28145 titles).

Downloads of library ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines continues to increase. We introduced to our patron new service this year – Zinio, more than 3000 titles of magazines online, free of charge.

  • We have approximately 210 visits per month (Total 2015 – 2108 visits up 43.5 % compare to 2014- 1468 visits)
  • Total circulation of printed materials for 2015 are – 1554 checks -out 1680 – checks-in (only for local users)
  • Interlibrary loans requested for our community increased by 105,8% and those sent to other communities continue to increase too. (414 compare to 391 in 2014)
  • 82 books were borrowing from other libraries for our patrons.
  • We are offering extensive collection of online databases free of charge. The complete list is at:

http://stewart.bc.libraries.coop/research/databases/complete-list/

  • We are providing access to the National Network for Equitable Library Service. This website is an online public library of published books in accessible formats for Canadians with perceptual disabilities.
  • We are offering basic Internet training for seniors and math tutoring for grade 1-3 students (free of charge)
  • We are very proud of our new website. Usage of the website is growing with new unique user
  • Virtual visits of SPL website in 2015 – 547

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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH

A FREE STEWART PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD?

Borrow books, periodicals, audio books, CDs, DVDs.

Access the Internet and gain training and learning opportunities for the whole family

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Taking out conventional materials like books and CDs or DVDs accounted for about 90 per cent of the total financial value of a library card in 2015. But there are invaluable experiences of learning and connecting to be had at Stewart Public Library too! Last year, more than 560 visits of children and adults to participated in programs as First Steps, Story Time, and Mother Goose and joining in the fun at Family Health Fair and Aboriginal Days.

 

Public Programming events included:

We run three programs (Mother Goose, Storytime, and the First Step program).  These early learning programs designed for preschool-age children and their caregiver. Our facilitators leads fun activities, including stories, music, and arts, to help children grow.

Mother Goose program. The program is offered 3 times per week through month of December-July 2015. The children start off in the First Step room, have a healthy snack, and then they go to the Library sing songs, play and a story gets read to them. This program is very popular among the parents and children and very well attended. Free of charge

Many parents report an increase in early literacy activities due to the program. Outreach site parents have the most to gain from the program. Parent and caregivers who participated in the Mother Goose are reading more to their children and helping them see and feel different shapes more often.

First Step Stewart Public Library sponsoring and run First Step Program for the second season. Kathy Stokes heads up the program. This program is available at the school on 3 times per week in total 12 hrs. in the Daycare room.

First Steps supports parents and families in the preparation of their children for school by coordinating and delivering early childhood development and community services. First Steps is open to all families, with children ages 0 – 5, who live in Stewart.

Free of charge.

In May we had Sixth Annual Family Health Fair.

As always it turned out to be a huge success. The event took place at the Health Centre. The Health Fair enables the students to have a realistic experience of what a Hospital visit entails. This event was a successful collaboration between Success by 6, Bear Valley School, Stewart Public Library and the doctors and staff of the Stewart Health Centre. This year’s Health Fair was attended by many children as well as parents, general public, and staff (over 80 in total) As always the out of town professionals participated. The event itself was held in the Lobby where displays and out of town professionals were stationed; however interactive activities covered the far reaches of the building. Among the highlights were the “Teddy Bear’s Treatment Centre” and the ambulance tours. Kids had a chance to “X-ray” Teddy bears, take them to actual Emergency room, and lab. An organizational meeting was held in the library, school, and Health Centre with representatives from our local resources and planning for out of town guests was done through email and telephone conversations.  The Bear Valley students and staff did an outstanding job of the community lunch.

Norden the Magician

After huge success of this show we invited Norden the Magician third time.

The performance was taken place on the Boardwalk.  There are over 40 adults and kids attended the show.

Free of charge

Cabin Fever Family Fun Day

Third Annual Cabin Fever Family Fun Day took place in February. Last year we reenacted an event from the past for the benefit of the community. The “Cabin Fever Family Fun Day” is for children and families and will include games (indoor and outdoor), hockey tournament, Fan Fair, food booths, and many more.

Kids and adults had a lots of fun in different types of activities: snowmobiling, learn aboriginal winter games, snowshoeing, various games, finishing with a community potluck dinner. This activity is join project with the DOS.

This year summer “Aboriginal Cultural Days” again took place in August. As always, we invited the Aboriginal People to participate in this event. Activities included:

Traditional Games

Storytelling

Art and Craft

Drums lessons

Community Potluck

Free of charge

Author reading in the Library

The print culture of Canada rests with its writers, readers, printers, and publishers. Stewart Public Library proudly supported Canadian Authors. Every year we are trying to invite Canadian authors to read in our library. In 2015 Deanna Kawatski, author of “Wilderness Mother”, was reading from her new book “Burning Man, Slaying Dragon”.

Free of charge

 Public Internet Access

Two computers are available for students and public for free Internet access in the Library.

KEY FACTS

Number of Stewart Public Library active residents cardholders        115
Number of in-person visits 2015        2108
Average number of visits per day in 2015          11
Number of physical items (books, CDs, DVDs)       15987
Number of items borrowed        1554
Number of participants in kids & teen programs visits       560
Visits to Stewart Library website        547

 

Grants.

Additional to our ongoing grants (such as operating grant, share resources ILL grant, DOS grant, equity grant) we received few other grants. Our proposal to bring Success By 6 Program to Stewart was approved and we received $26.000 grant to Children programs and Aboriginal days events.

Reports.

BC PLSB annual statistics survey 2015 has been completed as well as the Aboriginal Days and Success by 6.

Annual Provincial Report 2014 is completed.

I would like to thank the Library Board for their support over the last year, the patrons and my special volunteers who continue to support our library.

Respectfully Submitted    
Galina Durant – Librarian            

 

         

            

 Annual Report 2014

The Stewart Public Library has membership of 613 including BC OneCard users. On December 31, 2014 our library held 17,582 items in the physical collection. The electronic collection has over 65,000 items. Downloads of library ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines continues to increase.

We have approximately 145 visits per month (Total 2014 -1468)

Our check-outs of printed materials for 2014 are – 1303

Interlibrary loans requested for our community increased by 111,4% and those sent to other communities continue to increase too. (391 compare to 259 in 2013 51%↑)

Virtual visits of SPL website in 2014 (stat only for November-December) – 178 (460 page views)

We know that Stewart residents love reading and of course our library but did you know that you can borrow or use for free our:

  • sharing French language book collection
  • downloadable and online resources from the comfort of your living room
  • information and materials to meet all your employment and educational needs
  • Ancestry database, World from A to Z database
  • learning and leisure publications in a variety of formats including DVDs, CDs, Large Print and cassette
  • more than 40 different magazines’ titles
  • KOBO reader

Public Programming events included:

We run four programs (Mother Goose, Storytime, and we started the First Step program in October, 2014). These early learning programs designed for preschool-age children and their caregiver. Our coordinator leads fun activities, including stories, music, and arts, to help children grow.

Mother Goose program. The program is offered 3 times per week through month of December-June 2014. The children start off in the First Step room, have a healthy snack, and then they go to the Library sing songs, play and a story gets read to them. This program is very popular among the parents and children and very well attended. We decided to extend this program through whole school year till June 2014.

Free of charge

Many parents report an increase in early literacy activities due to the program. Outreach site parents have the most to gain from the program. Parent and caregivers who participated in the Mother Goose are reading more to their children and helping them see and feel different shapes more often.

First Step This year Stewart Public Library first time sponsoring and run First Step Program. Kathy Stokes heads up the program. This program is available at the school on 3 times per week in total 12 hrs.in the Daycare room.

First Steps supports parents and families in the preparation of their children for school by coordinating and delivering early childhood development and community services. First Steps is open to all families, with children ages 0 – 5, who live in Stewart.

Free of charge.

Sample of the typical days activities are:

Apr. 1/14 (12 children)

Well there was a lot of excitement here this morning. After 2 weeks without school the kids were full of energy. We had started with making collages using old magazines with the few older ones that came first. As the morning went on we built train tracks, built puzzles, colored and painted. All the young ones played all around with everything. We sang the alphabet song with the little ones, a few are trying to sing along. I have noticed that some of the two year olds are speaking a few more words. There was dancing and stories read by a parent as our usual story time in the school library was not available. As we have the puppet show stand back, the older ones were making up their own shows. The parents were happy to have coffee together again, a very good meeting place for them.

Apr 4/14 (10 children)

The morning started with the two older ones. We started a Easter bunny craft with paint and coloring. The two other girls from Hyder showed up so the girls did some dancing and singing. Snack time, then the rest of the gang showed up at 10:30 for the best ever half hour, gym time. Lots of energy burnt off, many learning how to catch a ball and actually doing quite well. Snack and free play until the end.

Apr. 8/14 (14 children)

Started today with picture cards. I was getting my Russian lesson with Taya. After a couple more kids came we made some sample Easter baskets with a couple of the older ones. A parent read some stories while the other kids played with everything that was out. Trains, cars, dinosaurs, kitchen toys and painting were all happening at the same time. Storytime in the school library was at 11:00 with Chrissy. Snack time happened before and after storytime. More stories were read by a parent before the morning was over.

Apr. 9/14 (12 children)

This morning started out with the two early birds. I had brought out some new puzzles which kept them both occupied for the first hour before the others showed up. These two are managing the puzzles on their own now. They then finished up their Easter bunny craft. By 9:30 the rest had showed up, all two and under, so the play dough was a big hit. At 10:00 we had snack time before going to the gym. Cars and balls and lots of running. Snack time when we returned to the class. Finished up playing with everything. Stories read by a couple of parents. It’s working out good that the two older ones show up first so they can get a craft in, the others are just too young for most of that. The parents are taking turns in watching a group so they can actually leave and get some errands done.

Apr. 15/14 (15 children)

Started out slow as the three older kids joined in the dance workshop that was available this week. When they came back, they played dinosaurs. These are still quite popular so we took out six more books about them. Before we knew it there was 15 kids in the class. Everything was being played with. Train track building and play dough was used. I was using flash cards for a few that are learning words. Some are still not talking at all but the ones that are trying, the three word sentences are starting to show. The alphabet was sung by a few who knew it. Sometimes it is their own version. Story time with Janet at 11:00. Stories read by a parent at the end.

Apr. 16/14 (12 children)

Dance workshop again until around 10:00. The others proceeded to play at different stations. Snack time came early. The play dough was popular again with the younger ones, as was coloring Easter pictures with the bingo dabbers. We went to the gym at 10:20 until 11:00, again the highlight of the day. The young ones are learning to play catch and are actually catching the ball. There is a couple of newcomers to the class, a baby and a 4 yr. old. She is playing well the the other older ones. Snack time again after gym, and free play. I had the picture flash cards out again. Story read by me and a parent.

In May we had Fifth Annual Family Health Fair.

As always it turned out to be a huge success. The event took place at the Health Centre. The Health Fair enables the students to have a realistic experience of what a Hospital visit entails. This event was a successful collaboration between Success by 6, Bear Valley School, Stewart Public Library and the doctors and staff of the Stewart Health Centre. This year’s Health Fair was attended by many children as well as parents, general public, and staff (over 100 in total) As always the out of town professionals participated. The event itself was held in the Lobby where displays and out of town professionals were stationed; however interactive activities covered the far reaches of the building. Among the highlights were the “Teddy Bear’s Treatment Centre” and the ambulance tours. Kids had a chance to “X-ray” Teddy bears, take them to actual Emergency room, and lab. An organizational meeting was held in the library, school, and Health Centre with representatives from our local resources and planning for out of town guests was done through email and telephone conversations. The Bear Valley students and staff did an outstanding job of the community lunch.

Norden the Magician

After huge success of this show we invited Norden the Magician again.

The performance was taken place in School Gym. Whole school and most of pre-schoolers children saw the show. They had lots of fun. There are memorable moments when he really connects with a kid. Calling it a magic show doesn’t do it justice, though. The performer also has a fantastic comedic sense, and a very special way with little kids. We really appreciated that he managed to involve many children present. The children laughed from beginning to end. No exaggeration there. But so did the adults present! One of the elements of the Show was an accent on a Library and Literacy.

Library’ Puppeteers

For six years we have a Puppet Show in a Library. Our Puppeteers made few shows during 2013-2014. Some of these shows being incorporated to the First Step Program. Also, older, high-school children use puppets for their French Studying (very innovative way to learn a language)

Cabin Fever Family Fun Day

Second Annual Cabin Fever Family Fun Day took place in February. Last year we reenacted an event from the past for the benefit of the community. The “Cabin Fever Family Fun Day” is for children and families and will include games (indoor and outdoor), hockey tournament, Fan Fair, food booths, and many more. We included an Aboriginal Awareness component in this event also.

Cabin Fever is an event to get families out of their houses and spend time having fun through hands-on-activities and engaging programs.

Kids and adults had a lots of fun in different types of activities: snowmobiling, learn aboriginal winter games, snowshoeing, various games, finishing with a community potluck dinner.

This year summer “Aboriginal Cultural Days” again took place in August. As always, we invited the Aboriginal People to participate in this event. Activities included:

Traditional Games

Storytelling

Art and Craft

Drums lessons

Community Potluck

Grants.

Additional to our ongoing grants (such as operating grant, share resources ILL grant, DOS grant, equity grant) we received few other grants. Our proposal to bring Success By 6 Program to Stewart was approved and we received $26.000 grant to Children programs and Aboriginal days events.

Reports.

BC PLSB annual statistics survey 2014 has been completed as well as the Aboriginal Days and Success by 6.

                         

  Annual Report 2013

We know that Stewart residents love reading and of course our library but did you know that you can borrow or use for free our:

  • sharing French language book collection
  • downloadable and online resources from the comfort of your living room
  • information and materials to meet all your employment and educational needs
  • Ancestry database, World from A to Z database
  • learning and leisure publications in a variety of formats including DVDs, CDs, Large Print and cassette
  • more than 40 different magazines’ titles
  • KOBO reader

 

Public Programming events included:

We run four programs (Mother Goose, Storytime, Tot’s ‘n Tales, and we started the First Step program in October, 2013).  These early learning programs designed for preschool-age children and their caregiver. Our coordinator leads fun activities, including stories, music, and arts, to help children grow.

Our after school reading program has proven to be a worthwhile experience for young students.

Story Time:

Consisted with Fall-Winter-Spring session programs of stories, songs, and craft for 3 to 5 years old and often with their younger siblings.

Mother Goose program. The program is offered every week from March to May 31, 2012.  This free program offering a group learning experience for parents and their children between 0 and up to 6 years old of age. This group focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. All activities were held in Stewart Public Library. The children start off in School Gym at 9:00 am having a nutrious snack, do some physical activities and then they go to the Library to sing songs, play and a story gets read to them. If weather permitted they are playing outside. We incorporated in to this program the LEAP BC elements which focused on learning through play. Coordinator is using soft balls, hula hoops, blocks, and parachutes for physical activities.

This program is very popular among the parents and children. Parents can begin at birth to help children learn important pre-reading skills. Reading, reciting and singing Mother Goose rhymes are an excellent way to help a preschooler get ready to read. When a child chants a rhyme repeatedly, he develops key pre-reading skills such as the ability to hear the distinct sounds that make up words, discern sound and word patterns and broaden his vocabulary. We got many thanks you from the parents for this program.

We purchased some special materials for this program to make it more attractive to children. Now parents and children can sing and act out the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” song, using pictures and motions. Also we are using finger plays. Finger plays help young children learn hand-eye coordination and basic motor skills.

Parents gain skills and confidence enabling new and positive family interactions in the crucial early years.

It precisely meets the needs and limitations of toddlers by providing a carefully paced sequence of exercises, dances, stories and props to develop physical skills and patterns of movement.  Since children naturally respond to music and movement, the activities are presented through music. In the program, children learn self-discipline, listening skills, coordination skills, and patterns in movement.

First Step – is a new program for us. The program is focusing on early childhood education and created and running collaboratively with Success by 6 and Bear Valley School. This program is available at the school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45 am to 11:45 am in the Daycare room. The program is funded by Success by Six and supported by the Stewart Public Library.

First Steps supports parents and families in the preparation of their children for school by coordinating and delivering early childhood development and community services. First Steps is open to all families, with children ages 0 – 5, who live in Stewart.

In May, 2013 we was hosting the Fourth Annual Children’s Health Fair, which after careful planning turned out to be a huge success.

We changed the location from the school Gym to the Health Centre this year. It was one of the suggestions from last year. It was a right move! The Health Fair enables the students to have a realistic experience of what a Hospital visit entails. This event was a successful collaboration between Success by 6, Bear Valley School, Stewart Public Library and the doctors and staff of the Stewart Health Centre. This year’s Health Fair was attended over 120 children as well as parents and staff. As always the out of town professionals participated (seven of them). The event itself was held in the Lobby where displays and out of town professionals were stationed; however interactive activities covered the far reaches of the building. Among the highlights were the “Teddy Bear’s Treatment Centre” and the ambulance tours. Kids had a chance to “X-ray” Teddy bears, take them to actual Emergency room, and lab. Kids had a blast! A scavenger hunt was designed for the high school students and this was a huge success! An organizational meeting was held in the library, school, and Health Centre with representatives from our local resources and planning for out of town guests was done through email and telephone conversations.  The Bear Valley students and staff did an outstanding job of the community lunch.

Norden the Magician

One of the highlight events was a Magic Show by Norden the Magician.

Last year Norden won the Children’s Magician of the Year. The audience was the ones who voted and Norden edged out five other talented magicians for the top spot. He has performed in over 1000 birthday parties throughout the Lower mainland but also specializes in School functions, daycares, festivals, corporate events and fundraisers. No event is too big or too small, and the magic is for all ages. Mike belongs to the Canadian Association of Magicians, International Brotherhood of Magicians, and to Kidabra. He runs an anti-bullying program in schools and a literary program at libraries, which he incorporates magic into.

The performance was taken place in School Gym. Over 80 children saw the show. They had lots of fun. There are memorable moments when he really connects with a kid. His favorite story is how he bonded with a kid with a stutter. One of the shticks in his shows is that he can’t pronounce the word balloon. The kid with the stutter approached him afterwards and taught him how to say it properly. His mother then came up in tears because she told Norden that her son didn’t usually participate or communicate in public because he was embarrassed by his stutter.

Library’ Puppeteers

For five years we have a Puppet Show in a Library. Our Puppeteers made two shows during 2012-2013:

Halloween Puppet Show drew a large crowd of children. The new puppeteers are older students, as well as younger children so we had “bigger” kids watching as well.

Easter puppet show: This year’s puppet show was performed by the children who frequent our Storytime program. Participating in the event gave the children a sense of responsibility and self esteem. The show was well attended by students and parents.

Aboriginal Culture Event

This year we decided to have one event in winter time, and the second – in summer time.

Cabin Fever Family Fun Day

This year we reenacted an event from the past for the benefit of the community.  We decided to incorporate in this event some traditional Aboriginal games. Games are an important part of Aboriginal society, passed down from generation to generation. Games teach cooperation, team work and social skills. We held “Cabin Fever Family Fun Day” for children and families. The event began with a Fun Fair in the Bear Valley School Gym hosted by Bear Valley students and continued outdoors with skidoo rides from the local snowmobiler club, games outside and winding up with a hockey tournament at the local Arena. Added to the mix was food booths and cotton candy. Since event was enjoyed by all at will turn back into an annual affair.

 

This year summer “Aboriginal Cultural Days” took place from August 6-9 in the Bear Valley School Gym and field.

We invited the Aboriginal People to participate in this event. Activities included:

Traditional Games

Storytelling

Art and Craft

Drums lessons

Community Potluck

Grants.

Additional to our ongoing grants (such as operating grant, share resources ILL grant, DOS grant, equity grant) we received few other grants. Our proposal to bring Success By 6 Program to Stewart was approved and we received $24.000 grant to Children programs and Aboriginal days events.

Reports.

BC PLSB annual statistics survey 2013 has been completed as well as the Aboriginal Days and Success by 6.