Highlights of Tofield Library History
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.
Collection size reached about 1000 volumes.
Library moved into the Town Hall, open Saturday afternoons; about 2000 volumes.
New Town Hall built; library disbanded. Books distributed to high school and storage.
Re-established upstairs in the Community Hall; town grant and donations provided 260 books.
354 books; 59 members; circulation 43 per week; board meets annually.
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.
Established as a municipal library under the Libraries Act. 1687 books; 107 members; circulation 89 per week.
Moved into the Former Legion Hall, which had previously been the Bank of Montreal.
Construction of the new Town Office/Library building completed; one full-time staff member; open 16 hours.
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.
Increased to 30 hours per week; 13,551 books; 1069 members; circulation 543 per week
Signed Joint Agreement for service with newly-formed County of Beaver Municipal Library Board; rural nonresident fee rescinded.
Completed 5-Year Plan of Service; participated in 5 different book exchanges
Established audio cassette collection & opened toy lending library; 17,537 books; 1173 members; circulation 31,472 annually.
Increased hours of public service to 34 per week; photocopy service begun; established video collection, began implementation of market plan; began automation project.
Recipient of the provinical Creative Librarianship Award.
Automated catalog and circulation system launched; Canada Employment online job information center installed.
Edmonton Freenet Public Access terminal made available; signed reciprocal membership agreement with Edmonton Public Library.
Free public Internet access; free public word processor; signed reciprocal membership agreement with Strathcona County Library.
Second internet access terminal; website launched; signed reciprocal membership agreement with Camrose Public Library.
Joined Northern Lights Library System, effective Dec. 1, 1998
Third public access internet terminal, with in-library access to Encyclopedia Britannica, Electric Library and Info-Trac (magazines online)
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)
Fourth public access internet terminal added, with colour printer; digital camera available for loan. Interlibrary loan transactions exceeded 5000.
Laurel Penner hired to replace Liz Hubbard, who retired after 20 years as Librarian.
Laura Hill hired to replace Laurel Penner, who married and moved to the St. Paul area.
Teresa Eleniak, appointed library manager upon Laura's resignation, until May 2007.
April-May; Extensive renovations to the library interior. August-Jan 2008, Carol Morgan served as Librarian.
June, Connie Forst appointed as Librarian.
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).