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Fines Forgiveness

Apply for Fines Forgiveness

You may make a request for forgiveness of overdue fines (not including lost material replacement fees) by applying to the Chief Librarian and explaining your circumstances. Please include:

  • Full name
  • Contact information (e-mail and/or phone)
  • Library card number
  • A brief explanation of your circumstances

This information can be submitted:

Children and Teens: Read Away Your Fines

Children and teens (K-12) using their own cards may read away their overdue fines (not including lost material replacement fees) in the library (when we are open), at the rate of $1 per 15 minutes of reading (consequently, $4 per hour). Just sign up at the front desk.

January 8 2020 Library Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Public Library
Library Board Meeting

January 08, 2020

Present: Nick Adey (NA), Carolina de Ryk (CdR), Chelsea Keays (CK), Stephanie Lysyk (SL), Dale White (DW), Andrea Wilmot (AW), Joe Zelwietro (JZ - Chief Librarian)

Regrets: Glenn Groulx (GG)

Meeting commenced at 7:05 pm.

  • Consent agenda amended, moving the '2020 Funding letter' moved into Discussion agenda. Moved by AW, seconded by CK, passed.
  • Discussion about Library's relationship with City. The library should not be included in the Community Enhancement grant process due to the Library Act.
  • Discussion about proposed 2020 Library Board regular meetings. JZ will revise the schedule re: November Remembrance Day; the November meeting will be held on November 18, 2020
  • Discussion about possibility of all children's material becoming fines-free sometime in 2020. What would the repercussions be to library's revenue? JZ will investigate and report back Library Board.
  • Discussion about the 2020 Fall NWLF Staff/Board meeting in Prince Rupert during September or October. One time frame not to use is: Sept. 21-25, as this is the UBCM meeting and some Board members will not be available across the Federation.
  • Other tasks for JZ:
    • Send request to City to put Advertisement in newspaper for a Library trustee.
    • Complete first draft of Strategic Planning Committee from Committee rough notes.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:10 pm.
Next Board Meeting at 7pm February 12, 2020 at the Library
Next Strategic Planning Committee meeting at 7pm January 23, 2020 at the Library

November 13 2019 Library Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Public Library
Library Board Meeting

Nov. 13, 2019

Present: Cary Dalton (CD), Carolina de Ryk (CdR), Chelsea Keays (CK), Stephanie Lysyk (SL), Dale White (DW), Andrea Wilmot (AW), Joe Zelwietro (JZ-Chief Librarian)

Regrets: Glenn Groulx (GG)

Meeting commenced at 7:09 pm.

  • Consent agenda accepted with October financial report moved to Discussion agenda, motion by AW, seconded by CD, passed.
  • Discussion about financial report and projection of very slight deficit for 2019 (≤1%)
  • Discussion about Turning the Pages, how the project was progressing, emphasis on the fact that the Library is not the owner of the newspaper items, but was a permission holder of the items for non-commercial use by patrons.
  • Discussion about Policy re: rental of Multipurpose room. The library is an welcoming, inclusive place which means that patrons renting our room can not discriminate against others on any of the grounds listed in the BC Human Rights code. After the meeting JZ found that there is already such a statement in the Policy manual and will bring it to the attention of trustees during the next meeting. We will be discussing how such a requirement could impact on commercial groups that rent the room for private purposes in a future meeting.
  • Discussion about the recent change to the City of Prince Rupert's Travel and Per Diem claim form and whether the Library should adopt it as well. It does make travel more expensive for the Library to afford, but it more fairly compensates those travelling for Library purposes. After discussion, a motion was made by AW and seconded by CD that 'The Library match the City's new rate commencing with the new year (Jan 1, 2020)'. Passed.

October 9 2019 Library Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Public Library
Library Board Meeting

October 9, 2019

Present: Cary Dalton (CD), Glenn Groulx (GG), Chelsea Keays (CK), Stephanie Lysyk (SL), Dale White (DW)

Regrets: Nick Adey (NA), Carolina de Ryk (CdR), Andrea Wilmot (AW)

Meeting commenced at 7:05 pm.

  • Motion by CD, seconded by DW to accept consent agenda. Passed.
  • Item to add to Discussion agenda Board liability insurance
  • Discussion about possible projects for Grant Advance funding, the two Board priorities are: TTP and new paperback racks. These will be our first focus for Grant Advance. Also there could be local residents who would be willing to make donations or bequeath gifts to the library. No action on this last point, but consider it for now.
  • Motion by CD to open Saturdays and Sundays of Long weekends (as per schedule) in 2020. SL
    seconded. Passed.
  • Discussion about CD's experience at the recent NWLF Board mtg. An idea came out of the matter for CD: A trustee exchange for Board meetings (ie. our trustees go to Board mtgs in other NW libraries and we would host other NW library trustees at our Board mtgs.)
  • Board Liability discussion: CK gave some background about whether the Library Board requires liability insurance. She spoke with a representative of the BCLTA and found out that there has been other conversations between the BCLTA and other library directors/trustees but no actions known to the representative to have been taken by BC libraries in this regard. CK will forward the email she received from the BCLTA representative to all of our trustees. SL added that we should flag the liability insurance possibility in the MoU.
  • Item for the agenda for the Nov Board mtg.: SL to provide the Board a tentative MoU (Memorandum of Understanding).
  • Mtg adjourned 8:40pm.

September 4 2019 Library Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Public Library
Library Board Meeting

Sept. 04, 2019

Present: Nick Adey (NA), Carolina de Ryk (CdR), Glen Groulx (GG), Chelsea Keays (CK), Andrea Wilmot (AW)

Regrets: Cary Dalton (CL), Stephanie Lysyk (SL), Dale White (DW)

Meeting commenced at 7:05 pm.

  • Item (possible partnership with another organization) added to Discussion agenda by AW. Motion to adopt amended agenda by NA, seconded by CdR, passed.
  • Consent agenda items accepted
  • Discussion Agenda items:
    • 2020 Budget discussion, Motion to accept option 2020-2 by AW, seconded by CK, passed.
    • JZ to write a letter requesting library interior leak repair for NA to discuss the matter with City manager
    • CK will write BCLTA to ask about Library trustee insurance and discuss the legal issues with trustee SL.
    • JZ to communicate with CD about details about October NWLF strategic planning meeting.
    • AW spoke on possible relationship with local Ecotrust project manager. The manager will contact JZ.
  • Motion to adjourn by AW at 8:40 pm.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:40 pm. Next Meeting at 7pm (Oct. 09, 2019).

June 12 2019 Library Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Public Library
Library Board Meeting

June 12, 2019

Present: Nick Adey (NA), Cary Dalton (CD), Carolina de Ryk (CdR), Chelsea Keays (CK), Stephanie Lysyk (SL), Andrea Wilmot (AW), Joe Zelwietro (JZ, Library Director)

Regrets: Glenn Groulx (GG), Brent Patriquin (BP), Dale White (DW)

Meeting commenced at 7:01 pm.

  • Request to add a matter to the agenda (a report on increased open hours on Mondays).
  • Motion to accept agenda with above amendment by SL, seconded by CD, passed.
  • Motion to accept Minutes of both April regular Library Board meeting and the Library 2018 Annual General meeting by NA, seconded by CD, passed.
  • Discussion about monthly financial and statistical reports. Motion to accept reports by AW, seconded by NA, passed. JZ will ask City Hall finance staff about financial report content change.
  • Discussion about tentative second survey to non-library users and suggested changes. JZ will make suggested revisions and report back to Board.
  • Discussion about meeting with City Council on July 22. JZ and CD will go to Council Chambers and talk about what we’re doing.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:00 pm. Next Board Meeting at 7pm (Sept. 4, 2019). Next Strategic Planning Committee is 7pm July 4, 2019 and the Library presentation is July 22, 2019 at 7pm in City Council Chambers.

2019 Annual General Meeting and April 10 2019 Library Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Public Library
Annual General Meeting

April 10, 2019

Present: Nick Adey (NA), Cary Dalton (CD), Glenn Groulx (GG), Chelsea Keays (CK), Stephanie Lysyk (SL), Brent Patriquin (BP), Dale White (DW), Andrea Wilmot (AW), Joe Zelwietro (JZ - Library Director)

Regrets:

Meeting commenced at 7:02 pm.

  • Motion to accept the agenda by NA, seconded, CK; passed
  • GG gave the chairperson’s report
  • JZ gave the Library Director’s report
  • Discussion about the Library’s 2018 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI). Motion to accept the SOFI by AW, seconded by BP; passed
  • Library Board elections,
    • new chairperson is Chelsea Keays
    • new vice-chairperson is Andrea Wilmot
    • new PRL trustee on the NWLF board is Cary Dalton

Meeting Adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Prince Rupert Public Library
April Library Board Meeting

April 10, 2019 (immediately following AGM)

Present: Nick Adey (NA), Cary Dalton (CD), Glenn Groulx (GG), Chelsea Keays (CK), Stephanie Lysyk (SL), Brent Patriquin (BP), Dale White (DW), Andrea Wilmot (AW), Joe Zelwietro (JZ - Library Director)

Regrets:

Meeting commenced at 8:11 pm.

  • Motion to accept Agenda, with two additional matters (“Rules” and “Nature of AGM”) by NA, seconded by GG; passed.
  • Motion to accept March 2019 Library Board Minutes by NA, seconded by CD; passed.
  • Discussion about March’s financial report

Truth and Reconciliation at PRL

The Prince Rupert Library (PRL) is committed to the process of reconciliation with the First Nations people of this area and local urban Indigenous communities. In the spirit of reconciliation, we respect unity and collaboration in our coexistence upon the unceded territory of the Ts'msyen Nation. We welcome all to PRL.

PRL has responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. We have instituted these initiatives (with links to additional resources).

Pathfinder: Residential Schools (ongoing)
An informational sheet is available to the public. It lists some of the resources (Adult Non-Fiction, Juvenile Books, Videos, etc.) that are specific to the topic of Residential Schools and reconciliation. Visit our online catalogue for items on Residential Schools

Talking Circle 2017: Sharing, healing, reconciling, moving forward, together.
This was a group meeting, open to all, anyone who'd come forward in effort to speak of reconciliation, how we can play a role in bringing it about in our workplaces, home, community, etc. The initiative was to get the dialogue of reconciliation started, discuss collaborative ways to bring it to light, and lifelong learning for all.

Indigenous Book Club Month 2018: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

March 13 2019 Library Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Public Library
Library Board Meeting

March 13, 2019

Present: Glenn Groulx (GG), Chelsea Keays (CK), Stephanie Lysyk (SL), Dale White (DW), Andrea Wilmot (AW), Joe Zelwietro (JZ ‑ Library Director)

Regrets:

Meeting commenced at 7:00 pm.

  • Motion to accept agenda with one change. The change is an addition of an item by GG. Motion by AW, seconded by CK, passed.
  • Notice from GG, GG will be stepping down as Library Board chairperson effective now, GG will remain on the Board. Next election date for Board chairperson and vice-chairperson will be on April 10, the date of the Library Annual General Meeting.
  • Discussion about the next set of trustees who will be expiring in June. There is some date confusion re: BP’s latest appointment date and expiry. City staff is looking into the matter and will report back to JZ.
  • City staff directed to start advertising for new Library trustee to fill the position vacated by the resignation of Devlin Fernandes.
  • AW will make final revisions on survey in the next few days, JZ will then distribute it to all Board members, Friends of Library and staff for completion and then the strategic planning committee will review completed results on the March 28 meeting.
  • Discussion about the library sending tax receipts to donors. The library’s tax receipt policy is changing slightly, Previously, JZ only sent tax receipts to donors who’ve donated $25 or more. From March 18 until further notice, we will:
    • Automatically give tax receipts for donations greater than $25 and only give out tax receipts for donations under $25 IF the donor explicitly requests a tax receipt.