Fall 2001

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A Community in Canada

by Dr. William Taber, NYSALB Trustee

Fall 2001 issue of Trustee

On a summer trip out West from which I have recently returned, the coincidence of a similar name meant that I had to stop for a few minutes in Taber, Alberta, to take a photograph of their library just for the fun of it. Here  are a few samples and paraphrases of the town's self description.

The Town of Taber is conveniently located in Southern Alberta, Canada. Taber's population exceeds 7,000 with an approximate trading area of 20,000 people. Taber is only an hour's drive from the United States Border and is in close proximity to Calgary, Banff and the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

It is mainly made up of early homestead pioneer stock; of Central European, Polish, Japanese, Dutch and various other racial backgrounds.

Taber has most of the amenities of a larger city but without the stress and many of the hassles of a large city.  Qualities such as, low tax rate, quality health and educational facilities, safe neighbourhoods, a strong retail sector and abundant recreational activities make Taber the ideal community to raise a family.  Taber residents enjoy a very high quality of life compared to other North American communities.

That sounds pretty appealing, but for those of us who live in upstate New York, the following might have a special appeal as we face the soon-to-come winter.

Taber is able to enjoy the benefits of a moderate, continental climate. The Taber area gets more hours of sunshine from cloud-free azure skies in a year, than any other part of Canada, and Taber's motto is the "Land of the Long Sun" as we are known for our many hours of sunshine.  Taber also routinely receives the warm Chinook Winds which blow off the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains; this allows for a generally mild winter compared to other places in Canada.  It also means Taber is a great place to retire with milder winters and a lot less snow shoveling to be done.

Okay, now something about the Taber Public Library. Compare your library's loan policy with the a sample of another country's policy. Here is a portion of their policy. Probably basically similar, but is there a little difference in emphasis?

  • Acceptable ID when borrowing items: Home library card and photo ID with current address.
  • Loan periods: 3 weeks
  • Restrictions: Videos, reference materials and literacy collection unavailable for loan. Borrowing privileges suspended when fines reach or exceed $10.
  • Renewals: One renewal per item, in person, by phone or by e-mail.
  • Lost items: Considered lost at 100 days after due date.
  • Fines and fees for late and/or damaged materials: Adult/YA print 10¢/day; adult/YA cassettes. CDs, books on tape 25¢/day; adult/YA/juvenile videos $2/day
  • Billing information: Payment information will appear on notices sent to patrons. Payment may be made in person or by mail to any Chinook Arch library. Failure to pay when charges are at or over $10 results in suspension of privileges.

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