What makes a community? What innovative programs and actions are taking place to make our communities stronger and more connected?
Public Libraries: Not Just for Reading
There has been much discussion recently about the role of libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador. A service sometimes taken for granted, the outcry from people across the province following a threat of closure became a clear message that libraries are still a relevant community resource.
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Between 2011/12 and 2015/16 libraries across NL experienced a slight decrease in print circulation and public computer access, while the number of WiFi sessions and e-library circulations increased significantly. Source: NLPL
In 2015/16 there were 94 libraries across the province with 139,000 patrons. Most of the libraries are located in municipal buildings, or in schools. 85% of NLers are within a 15 minute drive to their local library. Source: NLPL
Art as Reconciliation
At the heart of First Light’s new Centre for Performance and Creativity is the idea that art is a universal language. The new centre has also become a bridge to foster reconciliation efforts in the province.
In Good Hands
Bell Island’s Susan Boone didn’t know that her daughter, Nicole, was addicted to opioids
until the hospital called to tell her that Nicole had overdosed on IV morphine. Thankfully,
Nicole survived that overdose, but Susan has quickly learned that supporting someone
through addiction is not straightforward, and there can be significant additional barriers
for people living in a rural area.
Music is an integral part of culture in Newfoundland and Labrador, part of its history and heritage. It’s no surprise that fostering that love of music through music education is top of mind for Memorial University’s Dean of Music, Dr. Ian Sutherland.
Total charitable donations in NL have increased since 2007. The average donation amount increased by 15% (household disposable income increased by 46%.) 2017 charitable donations per capita in NL were $153, significantly lower than in Canada where the per capita donation was $262.