FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2020
Calgary, AB – Thousands of young children and their families living in northwest Calgary now have access to a new early learning space that provides enriching resources and learning opportunities. Today, the Calgary Public Library celebrated the opening of the Co-op Community Early Learning Centre at Nose Hill Library (1530 Northmount Dr NW).
“Nose Hill Library has been a cornerstone of the community since 1988, and is one of our most loved and well used locations in the city,” says Mark Asberg, CEO of the Calgary Public Library. “Thanks to Co-op Community Spaces, we are delighted to open our newest play-based learning space, which helps prepare children for lifelong learning and success.” With more than 90,000 kids under the age of five in Calgary, the demographics of the city demand a significant investment in high quality early learning. The Co-op Community Early Learning Centre at Nose Hill Library was guided by the idea that we are all connected to each other and the earth, and like all of the Library’s Early Learning Centres, is interactive, flexible and open-ended to support play and active learning.
“We’re proud to partner with the Calgary Public Library to create this play-based learning space at Nose Hill Library,” says Lindsay Arnott, Social Responsibility Supervisor at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “On behalf of local co-ops across Western Canada, Co-op Community Spaces helps create spaces for Western Canadians to come together and build social connections. We’re so glad that we can support the families and children that live in the communities around Nose Hill Library.”
Early Learning Centres are one piece of the Calgary Public Library’s Early Learning Strategy. The Library has a long-term goal to create these vibrant and innovative spaces in all 21 libraries in Calgary. Philanthropic support from individuals, organizations, and all levels of government have made our other Early Learning Centres possible.
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Calgary Public Library
Calgary Public Library, with 740,000 members and 21 locations, has been inspiring the life stories of Calgarians for more than 100 years. It is currently the second largest library system in Canada and the sixth largest municipal library system in North America, with Calgarians borrowing more than 15 million physical and digital items and with over 7 million in-person visits last year.
Calgary Public Library Foundation
The Calgary Public Library Foundation empowers people to make a difference in their community. All donations received through the Library Foundation cultivate innovation and bring the Library to those who need it most. Our 21,500 donors are helping to build a stronger Calgary.
Federated Co-operatives Limited and the Co-operative Retailing System
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), based in Saskatoon, is the 58th largest company in Canada and the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada. FCL is a unique multi-billion dollar wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative owned by more than 170 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada. Together FCL and those local retail co-operatives form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The CRS serves our members and communities with products and services that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities from Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario. Our total workforce of 25,000 employees serve 1.9 million active individual members and many more non-member customers at 1,500 retail locations in more than 580 communities. We are a different kind of business – we are locally invested, community-minded and offer lifetime membership benefits including patronage refunds, quality products, quality service and fair prices. More information is available at www.fcl.crs.
FCL administers the Co-op Community Spaces program on behalf of more than 170 independent local co-ops across Western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System.