Approval was given to increase the 2014 Museum grant by $2,000 to an annual total of $24,000 at the Stettler Town Council meeting on December 17, 2013. CAO Rob Stoutenberg spoke about the good work being done by the Museum group.
The increased request reflects the absence of any further casino funding until the second quarter of 2015. The Museum is jointly funded by the Town of Stettler and County of Stettler.
Librarian Mary Zazelenchuk, Library Chair Jane Skocdopole, Chair and Treasurer Barb Gano were on hand to present the 2014 Stettler Public Library Budget and update Council on programs, services and partnerships.
In 2012 there was record attendance at the library of over 68,000 visitors. Despite a move to significantly smaller premises in 2013, as of December 16 visits to the library totaled 60,385. As of November 30 the library had circulated 57,238 physical items (not counting electronic access), providing an estimated value of $1.26 million dollars to residents of Stettler and area.
Many senior and younger children’s programs are proving to be popular, “which makes it a natural marriage of the senior centre, recreation centre and library in the same location,” said Mayor Dick Richards.
The town approved a grant of $197,187 to support the library in 2014. The library is jointly funded by the Town and County of Stettler.
Zazelenchuk also acknowledged the generous gifts from the Rotary Club ($20,000) and the Kinettes ($12,000).
The Friends of the Library will hold two book sales this year rather than one. It will continue to seek grant funding for summer employees and special projects. The library will also seek out other fundraising opportunities and revenue streams such as special events and merchandise sales.
The Stettler Public Library is a member of the Parkland Regional Library and will be soon offering Alberta-wide borrowing and the Zinio e-Magazine platform.