READ Awards

Chinook Arch Rewards for Excellence and Distinction
Chinook Arch Regional Library System wishes to recognize innovation and excellence in library service in the region. The R.E.A.D. Awards encourage nomination of member libraries that have implemented or participated in programs and services that benefit their community or region. Preference will be given to nominations that reflect a willingness to collaborate or share resources, and that are future focused or innovative. 
1 or more awards will be given out each year based on the following criteria:  

  • Excellence in service
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Future Focus
  • Community Benefit

Possible topics for nomination (for example only):

  • Advocacy
  • Programming
  • Partnerships and/or collaboration
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Outreach
  • Public Relations or Marketing
  • Planning


  1. Each member library is limited to 2 nominations per year.
  2. Nominations may be made by member library staff or board members, or System staff or board members.
  3. Nominations should follow the template provided (see attached).
  4. Member libraries cannot win for a project previously awarded. Nominations may be re-submitted for the same project if not previously awarded, as long as the project occurred during the nomination year (i.e. awards given out at the 2017 ceremony are for activities taking place during 2016)
  5. While measures and statistics may be used to prove the value of a particular project, awards will not be granted based solely on that criteria.

Forward nominations by mail, email or fax to:
Marketing/Communications Committee
c/o Kerby Elfring
Chinook Arch Regional Library System
2902 7 Ave. N.
Lethbridge, AB     T1H 5C6
Phone: 403-380-1523
Fax: 403-380-3550

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