November 12 – December 16, 2018

The Adopt-a-Book campaign is a popular program that allows members of the community to support their library with a gift that keeps on giving.

Adopt-a-Book is a way for library supporters to help us add to our collection, for the enjoyment of generations to come.

To participate, our patrons purchase – or ‘adopt’ – a book for the library from our collection of available titles. The adopter’s name or a special dedication is placed on a nameplate in the book, and the adopter can be the first to sign it out. 



Adopt-a-Book Stories
Thank you to all Adopt-a-Book supporters for sending us your stories.  Your words truly demonstrate the value of this program and the connection books can have with your life.

A Grandmother's Commitment
I have adopted books in each of my grandchildren's names each year since they were born. It symbolizes my commitment to help them develop a love for reading and books. So far, it's working!
-Grace Lawyer

Thank You Mrs. Taylor
Two years ago, Geri Taylor (though she was always “Mrs. Taylor” for my oldest son), a wonderful person and teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, passed away. She was “the best teacher ever” according to Alejandro. To honor Geri’s memory, and the great person and teacher she was, we decided to “Adopt a Book” in her name at the Airdrie Public Library.  The book “My Teacher” by James Ransome is about a wonderful teacher that wants her students to be happy while learning about the amazing world they’re living in. Just like Mrs. Taylor, the teacher in the book was loved by all of her students and was very fun to be around.  We thought that adopting a book in her honour was a great way to celebrate her life. We hope that when families check out this book and notice it was adopted in her name, they look up and send a loving thought to her, her family and all the amazing teachers in the world. We will always remember you Mrs. Taylor…you made a difference in our lives.
Bibiana Cala

The New Library Card

As a child of eight, I have fond memories of our local library in Coventry, England.  It was right after the war and our city of Coventry was hit badly by continuous bombing.  Most of the town centre buildings were completely destroyed, but miraculously the little brick library that I passed every day going to school survived. My favourite author was Enid Blyton who wrote the “Famous Five” series. My mother had purchased an Enid Blyton book for a Christmas present.  I begged her to buy more of them; money was short and she said she couldn’t afford to buy books as they were a luxury item.   My mother’s comment was “if you really like to read, go get a library pass, you walk by the Library every day”.  The next day, on my way home from school, I crept up the imposing stairs and into the library. I still remember the funny smell of floor wax, dust and lemon oil and the complete silence as people read books in the back of the room.    I asked the Librarian if I could get a library pass, my head barely touched the top of her desk; she smiled down at me and said I would have to get my parent’s signature on my library pass before I could take books out.  She invited me to “look around” in the children’s section, pick some books and she would keep them for me, but, she warned… I could only take out three at a time. I still remember the excitement of seeing all my favourite authors, neatly filed and labeled.  I literally couldn’t believe that I could actually take out books and not pay for them!  After much deliberation I chose three books and took them up to the counter.  The Librarian pushed them under a large shelf marked “hold”.   The next day after school, I rushed into the Library with my precious pass signed by my mother. Each book had a little removable card where the Librarian stamped the card with a rubber date stamp.  Thereby followed a stern lecture warning me that was the date they were due back OR I would have pay a fine.  I didn’t really know what a fine was, but I thought it must be pretty bad, or maybe I had to pay for all three books if I was late. After that I was a regular member of the Coventry Library; it got to the point where the clerk’s would see a children’s book I might like and hold it until they saw me browsing around. That was the start of my being a voracious reader and that is why I encourage anyone to “Adopt a Book” at the library.  It might make a difference in one child’s life. 
-Moya Sundquist