MAPLE RIDGE– New Democrat MLAs Lisa Beare and Bob D’Eith say funding for local libraries will allow library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.
“Having access to the internet and new kinds of technology helps people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows learn and thrive,” says Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “This is why our government is investing in local libraries which are hubs for innovation.”
The Fraser Valley Regional Library, which covers 25 library locations across the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, is receiving $2,365,813.80 in funding.
All 71 B.C. public libraries and organizations that help libraries deliver their services will receive one-time grants totalling $45 million in addition to their annual operating funding. This will give libraries flexibility to address local priorities, including longer hours, bigger digital collections and better access to literacy and lifelong learning opportunities.
“It is so important that people have a place where they can freely access information and learn alongside their neighbors,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. “Libraries provide this and so much more to enrich our community.”
This funding gives libraries the flexibility to address local priorities while ensuring they are able to meet the evolving needs of their local communities over the coming years.