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History

Highlights of Tofield Library History

1916

Members of the Women's Institute donated one good book each; these were supplemented with purchases. The library was housed in the Women's Institute quarters.

1924

Collection size reached about 1000 volumes.

1944

Library moved into the Town Hall, open Saturday afternoons; about 2000 volumes.

1951

New Town Hall built; library disbanded. Books distributed to high school and storage.

1954

Re-established upstairs in the Community Hall; town grant and donations provided 260 books.

1956

354 books; 59 members; circulation 43 per week; board meets annually.

1957

Mrs. Richardson, Mr. Callard, Mrs. Baptist, Mrs. Freebury, Vicky, Doug, and Daisy the dog, ride the Tofield Library float in the July 1, 1957 parade.

1964

Established as a municipal library under the Libraries Act. 1687 books; 107 members; circulation 89 per week.

1974

Moved into the Former Legion Hall, which had previously been the Bank of Montreal.

1981

Construction of the new Town Office/Library building completed; one full-time staff member; open 16 hours.

1982- 1983

Mrs. Dorothea Freebury retires after more than 30 years as library custodian. Elizabeth Hubbard hired as Librarian; public hours increased to 21 per week. 11,120 books; 862 members; circulation 423 per week. Preschool and summer programs established.

1986

Increased to 30 hours per week; 13,551 books; 1069 members; circulation 543 per week

1987

Signed Joint Agreement for service with newly-formed County of Beaver Municipal Library Board; rural nonresident fee rescinded.

1988

Completed 5-Year Plan of Service; participated in 5 different book exchanges

1989- 1990

Established audio cassette collection & opened toy lending library; 17,537 books; 1173 members; circulation 31,472 annually.

1991- 1993

Increased hours of public service to 34 per week; photocopy service begun; established video collection, began implementation of market plan; began automation project.

1993

Recipient of the provinical Creative Librarianship Award.

1994

Automated catalog and circulation system launched; Canada Employment online job information center installed.

1995

Edmonton Freenet Public Access terminal made available; signed reciprocal membership agreement with Edmonton Public Library.

1996

Free public Internet access; free public word processor; signed reciprocal membership agreement with Strathcona County Library.

1997

Second internet access terminal; website launched; signed reciprocal membership agreement with Camrose Public Library.

1998

Joined Northern Lights Library System, effective Dec. 1, 1998

1999

Third public access internet terminal, with in-library access to Encyclopedia Britannica, Electric Library and Info-Trac (magazines online)

2000

Connected to Wide-area Network of libraries in three regions, operating from a single server. Catalogue also available on the internet at TracPac. Exchange of books among libraries (Interlibrary Loans) increase by 750% because of access through the Alberta Public Library Electronic Network. (APLEN)

2001

Fourth public access internet terminal added, with colour printer; digital camera available for loan. Interlibrary loan transactions exceeded 5000.

2002

Laurel Penner hired to replace Liz Hubbard, who retired after 20 years as Librarian.

2004

Laura Hill hired to replace Laurel Penner, who married and moved to the St. Paul area.

2005

Teresa Eleniak, appointed library manager upon Laura's resignation, until May 2007.

2007

April-May; Extensive renovations to the library interior. August-Jan 2008, Carol Morgan served as Librarian.

2008

June, Connie Forst appointed as Librarian.  

2009

January 2009 - the Library moves onto a new library automation program called Polaris and is connected to over 150 libraries within TRAC (Northern Lights, Yellowhead, Marigold and Peace).