The Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service recognizes and celebrates the innovative programs and services offered by Alberta public libraries. Since 2010, the awards program has served as a means to identify, acknowledge, and encourage best practices in library service and to capture and communicate ideas that can be replicated in public libraries across the province.

New for 2022

For 2022, the Minister’s Awards for Municipal and Public Library Excellence has replaced the former Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service and Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence programs.

Information on the new awards program, including award categories and how to submit an initiative or service for consideration of an award can be found using the link below.

Great ideas from the minister's awards

Here are some of the best repeatable ideas from the minister's awards:

Public Library Service on a First Nations Reserve – This was achieved by developing and implementing a model to provide public library service on the Blood Tribe First Nations reserve.

Make Career Choices: Job and Career Development – Community based program, coordinated network of career support services for youth and adults.

Readers Festival: STARFest – Festival celebrates reading and writing.

OUT LOUD – Program contains several series within it to engage children and youth.

Tales for the Tall/Wii for the Tall – Programs for the developmentally disabled, created by Airdrie Public Library.

Teens After Hours – Program in which teens come to the library after regular open hours, developed by Airdrie Public Library.

Project Connect – Initiative to deliver services to immigrants, developed by Brooks Public Library.

The Living Library – Program that designates individuals as "books" that can be "signed out" by library patrons. It was implemented by Calgary Public Library.

It's a Crime Not to Read – Literacy program by Calgary Public Library.

The Freedom Project – Initiative to celebrate Freedom To Read Week by Edmonton Public Library.

Law at Lunch – Videoconference program by Lethbridge Public Library.

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