Hear the impact of Surrey Libraries in the lives of others.

"Without the library, I would not have been able to get in touch with my family"

Without the library, I would not have been able to get in touch with my family through email when I first came to Canada. The library staff were very kind and gave me a card right away, which I still have up to this day. The staff also helped me print my resumes, and showed me where to fax them, so I can apply for jobs. I now have 3 children and they always sign up for the Summer Reading program. They love getting those medals at the end of the program. The library is like a safe and secure haven for me and my children. We may not visit often anymore, but we still drop by once in a while to borrow books. Thank you to the Guildford and the Cloverdale public libraries for all you do.

"It is one of the only places that I know of that is free, helpful and resourceful."

This is the place where I go to borrow items for free, to learn and enjoy, by myself or with others.  When my children were small, I would attend many programs and learn about others things happening in my community, ie. strong start.  It is one of the only places that I know of that is free, helpful and resourceful.  I can enjoy a variety of items that I would not necessarily enjoy because of the expense.  I feel grateful that such a service still exists. 

"I went on to university and was the first in my family to graduate."

When I immigrated to Canada, the library was a lifeline. The support I received from staff in accessing services and materials to help improve my English helped me not only build my language skills, but also my confidence. I went on to university and was the first in my family to graduate. The library enriches our community's economy, access to learning, and social well-being.

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