Alberta libraries recognized with Marigold’s Making a Difference Award

May 28, 2021

Strathmore, AB –Marigold announced the 2021 Making a Difference Award recipients at their annual Marigold Conference after public libraries in Canmore, Cochrane, Delia, Irricana, Millarville and Oyen wowed the judges with their submissions.

The Marigold Board Advocacy Committee received a total of 15 submissions from member libraries who participated in the Marigold Making a Difference Award 2021 Special Edition – Tell Your Library’s Story. The award recognizes and celebrates excellence and innovation in library service. As the COVID-19 pandemic prevented libraries from providing the traditional services in 2020, Marigold focused the award on stories that demonstrated the libraries’ value through the initiatives and the impacts libraries had on staff, patrons, volunteers, and stakeholders.

Every year, the committee selects a winner and an honourable mention from a small, medium and large library.

This year, Canmore Public Library received the award in the large library category for their Appreciation Convoy. The library took their motto, ‘Books and Beyond’ to a new meaning by organizing a parade that brought cheer and appreciation to their local health care workers, seniors and the community. The convoy included police, Town Bylaw and a fire engine. Marigold awarded the honourable mention in this category to the Cochrane Public Library and their Zoom for Seniors program. The program helped seniors affected by isolation, lockdown and social distancing by identifying technology barriers and offering a program to teach digital literacy and computer skills.

Irricana & Rural Municipal Library was presented with the award in the medium library category. The library utilized social media to highlight wide-ranging talents of 66 community members through a virtual showcase talent show. The honourable mention in this category was awarded to the Town of Oyen Library for their partnership with the Alberta Health Services Mental Health Capacity to create Family Grab & Go

Packs. The customized packs garnered much attention and feedback from the community while continuing to inspire a love for literacy.

Delia Municipal Library was the winner of the award in the small library category. The library jumped to action at the start of the pandemic and quickly pivoted by providing virtual programs to their community. The library partnered with other community organizations to provide both online and outdoors spaces for their community to gather and engage in the library. The honourable mention in the small library category was presented to Millarville Community Library for providing a safe place within the community during the pandemic. The library provided a space for children to move, create, learn and safely interact socially by partnering with other community organizations and offering crafts, science experiments, story times and theatre productions.

Winners were announced at the Marigold Conference, held virtually, on May 12, 2021.


About Marigold:

Marigold is a not-for-profit membership collective of municipalities to provide affordable and progressive public library services and support.  Marigold serves 343,000 residents in 43 rural and urban municipalities that surround Calgary and two First Nations Reserves.  Our services are largely focused on the 36 libraries in our region, although Marigold also delivers services directly to residents in a variety of ways:  Library Lending Lockers, 24/7 digital resources and services on our websites, volunteer book deposits and mail services.


Media contact:

Michelle Toombs

CEO Marigold Library System



Laura Taylor

Deputy CEO Marigold Library System