The following teaser is from an article in the November 3, 2009 edition of the Victoria News, about the loss of a $17,000 annual grant by the Victoria Genealogical Society. It’s feared that their library may be in serious trouble without the cash…
And when a library closes, Heather Jones says everybody’s stories go with it.
Jones is a member of the Victoria Genealogical Society, the most recent casualty of the provincial government’s gaming cuts.
The society helps people understand B.C.’s social history through book, microfilm and electronic resources at its library in Vic West.
“The history of families is basically the history of the culture … because British Columbia is made up of people, and it’s their history that they bring to B.C. at the present time to make it a vibrant society,” said Jones.
The 31-year-old non-profit society recently found out its $17,000 grant will not be renewed next year, one of a number of non-profits across the province also getting the ax.
The trouble is, the society is locked into a three-year lease.
Society members and Victoria Coun. Pam Madoff will kick off the campaign to save the library Monday (Nov. 9), at 10 a.m. at 947 Alston St.