Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs, has released the following statement to mark October 2021 as Library Month:
“This month we celebrate British Columbia’s libraries, our partners in fostering lifelong learning and providing people with equitable access to the information and services they need to learn, work and thrive.
“Libraries are unique and welcoming community spaces where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore interests and develop lifelong skills. Throughout the pandemic, libraries have continued to be important places of refuge both online and in person, where a good book, a friendly ear and a link to the community has made a big difference in people’s lives.
“The pandemic has highlighted the vital role libraries have in keeping people connected with their loved ones and communities. Over this past year and a half, libraries have helped build bridges across the digital divide by offering lendable technology, new online library collections and hosting virtual storytime programs. Libraries have also provided safe online access to health information and a way for people to connect and access important services.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the board members, library staff and volunteers for their dedication to ensuring critical library services have been accessible during the pandemic and for their ongoing contribution to supporting inclusive communities.
“Our government is committed to working with B.C.’s libraries to ensure communities have access to the information and programs that people need to improve their literacy skills and help reach their full potential. Libraries today enhance people’s quality of life by providing access to services for employment, immigration and other programs that make life better and more affordable for people.
“I look forward to the years ahead, working with libraries to continue creating vibrant community spaces that contribute to a stronger, more resilient and inclusive province.”