The Ladner Pioneer Library is part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL), which includes 25 libraries in Abbotsford, Agassiz, Boston Bar, Chilliwack, Delta, Hope, the City of Langley, the Township of Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, White Rock and Yale. It is the largest public library system in British Columbia, serving 680,000 people. The Ladner Pioneer Library is located in the Community of Delta.
A library card to the Fraser Valley Regional Library gives residents access to a vast amount of content, programs and resources. Ladner Pioneer Library members can explore new titles, search by topic or find out which books are on the bestseller list by visiting the FVRL website. They can also log into their online library profiles at any time to see what books they have checked out, find out if they have any outstanding fines, renew items and even create reading lists.
The FVRL offers 7,800 programs each year, including adult literacy help, online peer tutoring, author readings, book clubs, book delivery services for members who are unable to visit the branches and much more.
The Ladner Pioneer Library allows members to book one-on-one instruction sessions with staff, and holds knitting and crocheting lessons, book clubs, English language conversation circles, teen pizza and games nights, and storytelling. The library also brings in special speakers to talk about issues like investments and taxes.
Members of the Ladner Pioneer Library also have access to the World Languages Collection, which contains 42,000 items in 14 different languages (Chinese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, German, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese).
For library visitors who prefer reading digital content to paperback books, a library card to the Ladner Pioneer Library also gives members access to ebooks, audiobooks, music, academic databases and online newspapers and magazines.
Avid readers of the Ladner Pioneer Library can also subscribe to various newsletters, so they never have to go searching for new books. The newsletters break down reading materials into different categories like travel, audiobooks, biography and memoir, business and personal finance, Christian fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, picture books and much more. So regardless of the type of content you like to read, there is a library newsletter for you.
The FVRL also brings members of each library together through its use of social media. Library staff members are active on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. So, members of the Ladner Pioneer Library, and other branches, can visit Twitter and Facebook to find out about program information, new publications, reading recommendations and other library news. The FVRL also uses YouTube to post author readings and Instagram to share program highlights, books, event photos and more.
If you are interested in supporting the Ladner Pioneer Library, or the FVRL in general, there are many ways to help. Friends of the Library groups, for example, promote library services, initiate and support fundraising, encourage donations, and raise awareness of what the library has to offer. The FVRL also has ongoing book sales, where people can purchase “gently loved” items that have been withdrawn from the library’s collection. For more ways to support the library, click here.