Mr Chris wins Library Advocate Award

christ norbury wins awardTrent Ernst, Editor

Librarian Chris Norbury, aka Mr Chris, won a Library Advocate Award at the 2016 BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA) Awards in Vancouver.

The award is given by the BCLTA to individuals and organizations who contribute in to BC’s public libraries. Nominees may be employees, volunteers, philanthropists, corporations or individuals who have made a major contribution to the improvement of libraries in BC.

Norbury was nominated by two trustees from the Tumbler Ridge Public Library. “Chris joined the library team in 2014 as a part-time clerk, and is now the full-time children’s librarian/programmer (while studying for his Library Information Technology diploma online),” says the nomination. “As well, he helps low literacy clients with job searches and EI claims and reporting, and has been a key figure in the library’s After School Snack Program.

“His extra-large, boisterous, welcoming personality puts a smile on everyone’s face; he is a recognized library ambassador throughout Tumbler Ridge.”

Library Board President Jerrilyn Schembri attended the BCLTA conference with Norbury. She says after an adventurous trip down to Vancouver, the pair arrived and spent a jam packed three days, The first half at the BC Library Conference and the second half at the BC Library Trustees Conference.

“On Thursday,” says Schembri, “Tumbler Ridge Library’s presentation at the BC Library conference had to be moved to a bigger room, as there were so many registrants for the workshop we were presenting.  The room was full, with attendees from the Ministry as well as large Public Libraries such as Vancouver Public Library.”

The presentation by Schembri and Norbury was well received. “People said it was the best of the conference and that the Tumbler Ridge library is an inspiration,” says Schembri, “offering so much to our community with such limited resources. There were accolades to Mayor and Council for their forward thinking in seeing the value of the services that the Library, for the Board for supporting the initiative, but the biggest accolades were to the Head Librarian Paula Coutts and her staff for creating a Community Hub in town.”