Bonnyville Municipal Library COVID-19 update

Dear Library Patrons, Please know that we are working through the changes that have been announced regarding the Emergency Health Measures from the Alberta government on the evening of Sept 15,2021. Any changes to the library will be effective Sept 20,2021. We will communicate any changes to you by social media and our webpage as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

About Us

Location

Bonnyville Municipal Library
4804 - 49 Ave.
Bonnyville, Alberta
T9N 2J3
CANADA

Mailing Address

Bonnyville Municipal Library
P.O. Box 8058
Bonnyville, Alberta
T9N 2J3
CANADA

Phone Numbers

(780) 826-3071 (Phone)

(780) 826-2058 (Fax)

Staff

  • Leah Woodford - Library Manager
  • Linda Smiley - Inter-library Loan
  • Brigitte Stewart -  Circulation Desk
  • Kat Eliason - Programmer

Library Cards

There is no charge for a library card at the Bonnyville Municipal Library.

 

With the exception of non-resident cards which are available for a surcharge of $60 in addition to the regular membership fees:

  • Adult - $12
  • Senior - (60+) - $8
  • Young Adult (13-17) - free
  • Juvenile (6-12) - free
  • Preschool (0-5) - free

 

 

An Alberta Library Card is required to borrow materials.

Library books may be ordered or renewed online through TRACpac. Any fiction or non-fiction resource not available in the TRACpac collection may be requested from another Alberta library through TAL Online.

This service is available to library card holders.

Hours of Operation

 

Fall, Winter, & Spring Hours

Begin after Labour Day in September

MONDAY 9 am to 8 pm
TUESDAY 9 am to 8 pm
WEDNESDAY 9 am to 8 pm
THURSDAY 9 am to 8 pm
FRIDAY 9 am to 5 pm
SATURDAY 11 am to 5 pm
SUNDAY CLOSED
HOLIDAYS CLOSED

 

Summer Hours (July & August)

Begin July 1

MONDAY 9 am to 8 pm
TUESDAY 9 am to 8 pm
WEDNESDAY 9 am to 8 pm
THURSDAY 9 am to 8 pm
FRIDAY 9 am to 5 pm
SATURDAY CLOSED
SUNDAY CLOSED
HOLIDAYS CLOSED

 

Library Board

The Bonnyville Municipal Library Board is made up of at least six members.

Board members normally serve a three-year term.

 

Board members are appointed by Town Council, a call for applications is normally done in the the fall and advertised in the Bonnyville Nouvelle when positions become available. A strong aptitude of business technology is required.

Board meetings are held at 5p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to the public, interested persons can call the library for meeting location or link (during pandemic only), date and time.

2021 Board Members:

  • David Sharun - Chairperson
  • Kathy Roy - Vice Chair/Secretary
  • Sheena Oman - Treasurer
  • Elisa Brosseau 
  • Lorna Storoschuk 
  • Darcy Skarsen

A History of Bonnyville Municipal Library

Mrs. Evelyn Thurston’s activities were many and varied, but the one that left a lasting mark and whose effects can never be fully assessed was supplying reading material in the Bonnyville area in the early 1930's.

With great effort and perseverance she secured a variety of reading materials from her friends in England. With the help of Mrs. Mary Boyd, the local postmistress, she packaged and sent bundles of books to each family in the rural districts of Rife, Hoselaw and Moose Lake.

Mrs. Thurston carried on with her collection until she had enough books to start a small lending library, of which she was solely responsible. In time a room was built on to her home for this enterprise. In 1946, when the number of books became so large and the work involved became too much for her, she called a meeting to form a library committee.

At the meeting a library board was elected and a decision was made to move the books to the Rife School, where the teacher would be expected to act as librarian. More than 3,000 books were moved, catalogued and shelved. Eventually, the interest in the care of the books waned, partly due to the fact that the Rife School had closed.

In the late 1940’s a group of Bonnyville citizens united to organize a community library. In 1953, Mrs. Thurston was approached with the idea of turning over her collection of books to Bonnyville to help form a library there. In tribute to her tireless dedication and work in providing books to the surrounding area, the new library was named the Thurston Memorial Library.  

From its inception to 1967, the library was housed wherever possible. The yearly budget was minimal and paying rent was impossible, so the Library Board had to be satisfied with whatever free space was available.   In 1967, the Town of Bonnyville and the Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87 combined finances to construct a Centennial Building that would house the town offices and the library. In 1981 the Town Council expanded and renovated the premises. Eventually this location proved to be too small and in 1989 a new stand-alone 6200 square foot library building was constructed. The Bonnyville Municipal Library was moved into its present location in February 1990.  

It is interesting to note that in 1979, the Library Boards of Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Grand Centre, Iron River, Medley and the M.D. of Bonnyville No. 87 promoted the establishment of a co-operative library system to provide quality public library service throughout the Northern Lights area. It was hoped that as finances and interest dictated, the area served would take in most of the northeast corner of Alberta. In 1985, following three successful years of cooperation among the five libraries serving the M.D. of Bonnyville area, the Northeast Library Steering Committee was formed to investigate the feasibility of establishing a cooperative library system in the region. The Northern Lights Library System was established in April 1990.