Reading at the rink

Coronation town council
Coronation Library memberships are up by five per cent this year over last reported librarian Lauren Reid to council at the Oct. 19 town council meeting.

The mid-year report also included highlights from the summer reading program that showed a seven per cent increase in the number of total registrants.

The positive numbers are the direct result of the proactive and enthusiastic approach the library staff are taking to getting the community of Coronation involved with the library.

Some of upcoming winter programs include monthly family and teen movie nights, art exhibits, monthly drop-in ‘tech days’, weekly children’s programming which also includes programming for school breaks and a new reading at the rink program for young children during home hockey games.

Property crime reduction
Sgt. McGunigal also had a positive report for council at the recent meeting.  His numbers included a 48 per cent reduction in property crime from this year over last which is in part due to the Coronation RCMP’s habitual offender program that was implemented just over a year ago.

Although not every community has the program, McGunigal said in a recent interview, he is a big proponent of it and the numbers are proof that it works.

The program is a two part system. One, consists of requesting restrictions and conditions from the justice that addresses the details of an offender’s particular offense (if the crime was committed at 2 a.m. then setting a curfew, for example).

The second element is accountability.  Each offender is assigned a local RCMP member who interacts with them daily if need be, to ensure the offender is following the conditions under which they have been placed.

If the offender fails to comply with these specific conditions, they are brought back before the justice and placed in custody.

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