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2022 Friends of Education Award - Cold Lake Public Library

The Northern Lights Public Schools Board of Trustees presented the Cold Lake Public Library with a 2022 Friends of Education Award at the Board’s meeting on Wednesday, November 30.

The Cold Lake Public Library was recognized for the ongoing support it provides to the division’s students and schools, including hosting the Battle of the Books every year for students in grades 3 to 8.

“The library and its staff provide many important services to our students and their families,” said Board Chair Karen Packard. “Before our students come to us in preschool or Kindergarten, the library has often already played a role in introducing them to books and fostering a love of reading through programs like Rhyme Time and Books for Babies.”

The library staff enhance programming in schools by offering tours of the library and are always available to recommend new books or brainstorm options for students with specific interests. Many NLPS students benefit from the library’s services outside of school hours, using the resources available to research projects, access the Internet and complete their homework.

Battle of the Books brings together students from schools in Cold Lake for a trivia contest each year. Library staff volunteer their time to help with the competition which gets students excited about reading and expands their reading choices. The students often leave with new books to read and a new appreciation for literature.

“We are very appreciative of the work the library staff does to support our students and provide exceptional services and programming,” said Packard. “They make a huge impact on our students and the entire community.”

The Cold Lake Public Library is one of four recipients of a 2022 Friends of Education Award. Additional awards will be presented at future board meetings. Information about all current and past recipients is available on the NLPS website.