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NDP MLAs Alexis and D’Eith say people will benefit from new provincial funding for the Fraser Valley Regional Library

March 31, 2023 at 3:30 pm  Politics, Provincial

MISSION– New Democrat MLAs Pam Alexis 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.

“Libraries foster a love of reading and in Mission and Abbotsford, they act as hubs for the entire community,” says Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “By investing in our libraries, we are investing in the next generation of scholars, workers, and community members across the Province.”

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.

Learn More:https://news.gov.bc.ca/28435

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