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School District No. 8, Nelson Library ponder partnership with pilot project slated for Winlaw

Timothy Schafer
By Timothy Schafer
June 19th, 2011

Take the vast resources of the Nelson Public Library and marry it with the extensive library system of the region’s school district and you have one powerful learning resource.

The potential of a partnership between two of the biggest facilities for learning in the city is now being investigated by School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) superintendent of schools, Jeff Jones.

The Board of Education had asked Jones to look at potential partnerships with municipal libraries throughout the school District — including Creston, Slocan and Kaslo.

Jones has already met with Nelson chief librarian June Stockdale and discussed the partnership, and a pilot project is now being considered.

The project would include monthly satellite service — September to November, January to June — after school for three hours in Winlaw at the Strong Start Centre.

The project would involve a Nelson Public Library librarian on-site at the school with a small collection of books for people to borrow from.

The Nelson Library assumes all responsibility for materials, cleanup, staffing for project. As well, the partnership could further partner with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy or the Slocan Valley Recreation Commission on programming.

The school district would contribute the use of the courier service once a month to drop off and pick up four to six boxes of books, and use of the Strong Start Centre once a month.

In addition, the district will provide use of the school computers to train students and general public about the online branch.

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