Library agreement not reached

The Summerland Library has long needed a larger, more suitable library space.

Dear Editor:

The Aug. 23 article entitled “Wharton papers signed” gives the impression that an agreement with the Okanagan Regional Library has been signed.

There is no such signed agreement involving the Summerland library.

In the Summerland District’s Aug. 22 news release, Mayor Janice Perrino is quoted as saying, “We hope that the board for the Okanagan Regional Library will join us in this development so we can create a cultural hub that our community will be proud of.”

The Summerland Library has long needed a larger, more suitable library space. It will be 30 years in November since the library opened in its current location.

Twelve years ago, in 2000, in the Summerland Review, Jan Carlson, the community librarian at the time, expressed concern that the library was half the size it should be for a community the size of Summerland.

The library is often one of the first places visitors go to in Summerland. The librarians cheerfully welcome more than 6,500 residents and visitors per month, with helpful service and information, while dealing with daily challenges of inadequate and even hazardous working space that now holds more computers, media and books than ever.

The Summerland Library has been a source of inspiration for thousands of Summerland children through the highly popular Summer Reading Club and related reading programs.

Pat Flett

Friends of the


Library Society



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