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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta It THI IFIHMIDOI HWALD Wtdnndev, January 5, 1971 District communities doubtful about regional library concept By GREG McINTYRE Staff Writer Communities in southwest Al- jerta are cool to the idea ol Joining a regional library sys- tem with headquarters in Leth- bridge, according to a poll by The Herald. Only a few communities re- jected the idea of pooling li- brary resources, but most indi- cated the cooperative plan would require a good selling job. Opinion ranged from hostile at Pincher Creek to favorable at Coaldale, with most officials skeptical until they learned more aboui what the regional library concept involved. Library experts are prepared to sell the regional idea as a "good but like all good things it costs money. Joseph Forsylh, library de- velopment officer with the Al- berta Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation said in an interview "it's true that as a generalization we promote the Idea ot regional libraries." He said regional libraries and inter-library cooperation "are the answer to improved library service." But, since setting up a re- gioiw.'l library would mean im- proving the standards at most, small libraries, municipalities would generally be expected to pay more than they do now for library services. The experts don't want to fingers at particular communities, but hint that most community libraries do not pro- vide their communities with adequate service. The rub is that communities must realize their libraries are not satisfactory, and desire im- provement. The experts are reluctant to try to force small communities to improve libraries that local officials think are adequate, or too expensive to upgrade. George Dew, Lethbridge chief librarian declared that the be- nefits of a regional library arc obvious: professional people order- ing and cataloguing books and assisting rural librarians with selections; sharing resources, which means that nobody has to wait any longer than anyone else for service; economy of buying books and other resources in bulk. Mr. Forsyth said the main advantage ot a regional setup is that more books are avail- able than would be available to individual libraries. "Above all, this moans more books are going to he said. "With small libraries, too often books stop circulating because everybody in the com- munity soon reads them all." With a regional library, stock is circulated between libraries so that readers have continual access to fresh material. Regional library reactions A regional library would be supported by the taxes from all member municipalities and be governed by a regional library board. Participating communities would each have their own lib- rary building, but would also support the much larger re- gional centre and acquire books from it as needed. Eight towns of more than popuation in the Oldman River planning region were asked by The Herald if they would sup- port the plan. Tober Taber Mayor Arthur Arvery said Ms community was happy with its town library, open sir days a week. "I don't feel that a regional library would be of any benefit to our community, but I really don't know enough about Mayor Avery said. Taber librarian Geraldine Kambeitz said she could see no benefit to the town joining other towns in a regional setup. Pincher Creek At Pincher Creek, Mayor Ar- thurs Ames said he was satis- fied with the library there, open 12 hours a week. Pincher Creek library board chairman Bill Wright was hos- tile to the idea of a regional library with headquarters at Lethbridge. "We want the dollars spent in Pincher Creek to stay here, and not to go to he said. Claresholm Claresholm Mayor Ernie Pat- Jerson favored the idea. "What I like is that you would have access to a lot ol books and other information that a small library cannot pos- sibly he said. Mayor Patterson predicted his council would vote in favor of supporting a regional library with local taxes. Claresholm library board chairman Mrs. Walter WUg, however, wondered -whether a regional system would take re- sources away from the local li- brary. Coaldala Coaldale Mayor A. F. Blakie taid his council would have to take a "hard look" at tax sup- port for a regional facility since the town got a new library in 1967. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for 11 hours a week, the Coaldale library, like many small libraries operates on a per capita annual grant of from the town and 75 cents from the Alberta government. Coaldale librarian Mrs. I. D. Cofell was the most enthusiastic about the idea of pooling li- brary resources of any official contacted. She praised Uie benefits of centralization or resources and felt the proximity of Coaldale to Lethbridge would benefit that town possibly more than those farther away. Cardston Cardston Mayor Lloyd Greg- son said, "I don't know enough about it, but I doubt if it would benefit us much. I caii't see sending someone all the way into Lethbridge to pick up a book." Cardston libr.arian Gertrude Worth said "the library board here is all for expansion and improved services, but we'd have to know more about it." She suggested the headquar- ters for a regional library be Fort Macleod, where residents are currently discussing a new town library. Fort Macleod Fort Macleod's former Mayor Ken Hurlburt described the li- brary there as "probably the worst in Alberta." "Centralization is the big thing he said. "Cen- tralization in a library is cer- tainly worth a hard look, but until I know more about it, I can't really comment." Fort Macleod library board secretary-treasurer Mrs. G. B. Davis said a regional setup could be an alternative to cur- rent plans to ask the town to take over costs of the local li- brary. To date, the library at Fort Macleod has operated on volun- teer donations of time and money, she said. Its annual budget has amounted to only "a couple of hundred dollars. Raymond SOON TO BE REPLACED The iBthbridge Public Library was built ly in 1921 and expanded into a new east wing that was already loo small whan it opened in 1952. A new building is to be constructed or Central School site, but fate of the current building off 3rd in Gait Gardens is unknown. The new wing houses the adult lending library, while the taller, oldsr part of the library Is occupied by a child- ren's reading space and book processing facilities. Finloy Photo At Raymond, officials turned thumbs down on the idea. Mayor Robert Graham said "I don't think you could coun on much support from here We've already got two rea good libraries, one at the schoo and one in town." Librarian Mrs. M. R. Wool said, "I don't think a regional library would go ahead here as well as it would if it served the people of Raymond." Btairmore At Blalnnore a new library is under construction but Mayor George Walt said a regional approach would still be worth consideration. Mayor Wait said Blab-more council has discussed possible ways to involve people in the immediate district in support for the local library, but has never considered ex- panding the regional idea to in- clude Lethbridge. There are currently two re- gional library organizations op- erating in Alberta: the Park- land region, centered at La combe and started in 1959, and the Yellowhead region, with headquarters at Spruce Grove and started in 1S70. Financial participation here would have to be worked out to the satisfaction ot each member municipality. Lethbridge Camp of Gideons will seek in 1912 The Gideons are following de- velopment into the north with their campaign to place Bibles in hotels, motels, hospitals, schools and wherever people have access to them. Charles IJUy, secretary of the Lethbridge Camp of Gid- eons said the local group has been assigned by head office al Toronto to collect a quota of during 1972. Almost the entire amount -will go to pur- chase Bibles. During 1971, apart from regu- lar replacement of worn and missing Bibles at local hotels and other locations, the Gideons placed 100 Bibles at the Leth- bridge Correctional Institute. "We feel the Bible has the answers to the problems of this said Mr. Lilly. "We feel that many people who would never go into a church will read the Bible if it is placed where it is accessible to The Gideons organization has been working in Canada since 1911, he said and distributes copies of a special New Testament edition to Grade 5 students in Canadian schools each year. Distinctive PRINTING Just Leave The Printing To Us) WORK SHEETS FILE CARDS CHEQUES LEDGERS INVOICES STATIONERY ETC., ETC. All an Integral part of business. W h a te v r your printing needs de- pend on us. The Lethbridge Herald Printing and Lithography Division 317.3103 or 318-4411 AND IET US HELP YOU! A 10-man group has recently been established at Yellowknife to service the Northwest Terri- tories. The Gideons are an interde- nominational body of Christian laymen with members in Canada and more than world-wide. In Lethbridge, 10 members are responsible for keeping Bibles stocked in hotels and other institutions in the area extending from the B.C. border to Grassy Lake and from Nan ton to the United States border. The Gideons purchase all ol their Bibles the standard King James version from a supplier in the U.S. and distri- bute them free as a service to Christian churches. Film festival planned The University of Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta Coun- cil on Public Affairs will spon- sor their second annual film festival Feb. 25 and 26. The event will be held in the Yates Memorial Centre. Films will be operated continuously in the main area and four smaller rooms. The 150 films expected were obtained primarily from the University ot Alberta and the National Film Boari. They cover topics as varied as documentaries, humor and historical comment. Tho council plans to show fea- ture films both Friday and Sat- urday night. WIDE In North America, the white- hailed deer is found from Nova Scotia to the Rocky Mountains, generally south of Ictiludo 48 degrees extending to Uio Gulf of Mexico and the Stale of Panama. Olson knocks farm marketing bill opponents By RIC SWniART Stall Writer TABER Opponents.o! the federal government's farm product marketing bill re- ceived a tongue-lashing here from Agriculture Minister Bud Olson Tuesday. The bill, labelled Oommoos- 176, is enabling legislation that will allow the establishment ot a national farm products mar- keting council which can rec- ommend to the federal govern- ment the establishment of na- tional marketing agencies for individual commodity groups after a producer plebiscite. The bill passed the House of Commons Dec. 31, but has been held up in the Senate. Mr. Olson is due back in Ottawa Friday to meet in committee in an at- Canada's economy is rosy TABER With a possible fight in the Senate slated Fri- day to gain assent for the farm products marketing bill C-176, Federal Agriculture Minister Bud Olson Tuesday strayed1 slightly from a hard line to paint a rosy economic picture for Canada. Speaking at the fourth public meeting in a series of 13 set for southern Alberta, Mr. Olson said that with a Gross National Product increase of six per cent In all four quarters, 1971 can be looted back on with justifi- able pride. The GNP is the total value of all goods and services pro- duced by Canadians in the pro- cess ot daily work. Mr. Olson said the six per cent increase was realized after inflation was taken into account. He mentioned that Canada had actually surpassed Japan in the area of real economic gain, aided by a 10 per cent increase in retail spending in the third quarter of 1971. The percentage increase In spending for goods and services during that quarter was great- er'than the increase recorded by any other country. He said there were more Ca- nadians working {or wages dur- irig 1971 than at any other point in history. Included In the bright picture was a net income increase lor farmers of 21 per cent. "'We're not satisfied yet, but this increase was the largest in any two-year period be said. He said pork, hog and wheat prices were not what they should be, but added that the beef in- dustry -was very healthy. He said the economic climate in the dairy industry was tealtheir than at any time in the past 20 years and "for as far as one can see in 1972, the dairy industry will continue to be good." He touched on the 700 million bushel sale of grain in 1971, which was a record out ot West- ern Canada. With the record sales, the handling faculties at Vancouver and Thunder Bay were oper- ated at maximum capacity and will be hi order to run the rest of the 1971-72 crop through. He said the Candian wheat board already has orders in hand to keep the facilities in maximum use. tempt to have UK Senate give assent to the bill. "Some say this bill will regi- ment the fanner, allow the government to make decisions for the farmer, lose freedom for the farmer and all that be told 100 farmers at a public meeting here. "There has been distorted representation about the bill for the past two years." Mr. Olson said there never was any possibility an agency for any commodity group could be set up unless there was approval of a majority of the producers. He dismissed the qualms ot one farmer who feared eastern domination of the plebiscite, forcing a marketing bill on western cattlemen. "The producers within each province must be in majority agreement on the necessity of the agency and the provinces in Canada must all be In ma- jority agreement before any agency can be set he said. Mr. Olson said the biggest annoyance to the federal gov- ernment is the insistence by opposition groups that the gov- ernment wants the bill passed in order to exert Influence on the agricultural community. He said the bill will finally allow the farmer some say in the production of foodstuffs. Lsbor unions do the same thing they band the workers together and set down the framework for their operation. Professional societies do the same thing also, he said. They call it a set of ethics, a stan- dard they set which spells out how they will offer their ser- vices to society. They even have say In the price, he said. "The farmer sun doesn't have that right now." Bailey returns from Australia Dr. C. B. Bailey, a research scientist at the Lethbridge Re- search Station, has returned From a one-year transfer of work tenure in Australia. Dr. Bailey was in Australia to learn new techniques and to work with specialists in order to advance his own research. While in Australia, Dr. Bailey studied the general physiology of ruminant (cud-chewing) ani- mals which he will apply to an on-going urinary project in Lethbridge. The research project is aimed at solving certain urinary prob- lems in ruminant animals such as cows to southern Alberta. Implement dealers meet The Alberta Retail Imple- ment Dealers' Association will its annual convention in he Macdonald Hotel in Edrnon- on Jan. 13 to 15. Officials pre-Tcglstrn- tions indicate this convention will be one of tho largest in the, 27-year history of the organiza- BECINB IN SPRING Antlers on deer begin to de- velop in April and first are spongy nnd covered with a coder akin. JUNIORS STARTING THURSDAY, JAN. 6th GIRLS' WEAR BOYS' WEAR SUITS SKI JACKETS DRESS JACKETS SWEATERS COATS DRESSES BLOUSES JACKETS BABY WEAR SAVINGS OF OPEN 9-9 THURS. and FRI. Downtown and College Mall ;