Library program participant numbers go from 70 to 700

Lake Cowichan’s branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library is not only garnering award nominations for its good looks, it’s a hit with the community, too.

"I don’t have all the figures to compare to yet, but at this point I can definitely prove it. Participation in programs has gone from 70 to 700," said Coun. Bob Day when reporting to his colleagues. "Use is skyrocketing. It’s fantastic, the number of programs and the number of people who are coming out to them."

Day can see the results for himself, now that the library has moved into its new building, on Renfrew right across from the Forestworkers’ Memorial Park.

"I live right behind the library and I can affirm that we [the Town] and the library board have done the right thing by moving this out of the back alley and onto the main street. It’s definitely showing," Day said.

The interest in a library, with real books, is interesting, but then this is a new-style library.

"There will always be people who don’t carry iPads around with them. They still love books.

"But, at the library, they do also have a fantastic array of electronic capabilities. You can download any book with your card. They have Hoopla now, too. That’s a movie deal like Netflix only they have family-style movies. They also offer audio books and things like that," he said.

Staff at the library second Day’s enthusiasm, pointing out that they take particular delight in seeing an increase in the number of teenagers using the facility.

The library was nominated for a Vancouver Island Real Estate Board commercial building award and Day was scheduled to attend the ceremony April 24.