Pouce Coupe library celebrates 10th anniversary - Pouce Coupe, BC
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Quick Description: Now ten years young, the Pouce Coupe Municipal Library continues on as strong and well supported as ever.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 8/18/2021 1:04:17 PM
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Pouce Coupe Pouce Coupe Municipal Library is a member of the British Columbia Libraries Cooperative: "Our 200-member national cooperative provides libraries and with the services, cost savings, and support they need to do great work in Canadian communities." Source: BCCA Coop

Pouce Coupe Municipal Library is also a member of the North East Library Federation.

This library is located on school property and is part of the elementary school. It is open to the public and also serves as the library for the elementary school. The library offers a large selection of fiction and non-fiction, young adult and children books, local history, newspapers and magazines, e-books, auto books and movies.

When the Village of Pouce Coupe realized the need of a new library a baker's dozen years ago, it just happened that a new elementary school was in the works for the community, as well. Thrifty and efficient, as small towns must necessarily be, it was decided by the powers that be that the two should be combined. This both avoided the cost of a separate library for the school and allowed for a much larger school library.

A true Win-Win for Pouce Coupe!

Pouce Coupe is in the South Peace Country Region of beautiful British Columbia. There are approximately 790 residents in this small rural community. Pronounced Poos Coupee, not Poos Coupé, the name translate to "thumb cut", named after a Beaver Indian called “Pooscapee.”

If you have the opportunity to visit this very interesting community, it has has one of the best small town museums we have visited. It is in the old train depot, next to the post office. As one proceeds up the hill to enter Pounce Coupe from the south they should notice several large roadside sculptures made from scrap metal.

Pouce Coupe library celebrates 10th anniversary
It’s not your typical library. Located at Pouce Coupe Elementary, the Pouce Coupe municipal library celebrates its 10th anniversary at the location.

Austin Cozicar | Mar 23, 2018
Split part time as a school library and as the public municipal library, you can find the books you need, but don’t expect the librarians to shush you (or anyone else, for that matter).

“The library seems to be more of a gathering place now,” says Cindy Blayney, chair of the library. “It’s not a quiet library. The kids will be talking and engaging and enjoying themselves, rather than just sitting and being quiet in the library, and [us] going, ‘shh.’”

A mix of clubs meet at the library — for both kids and adults — covering a wide range of interests, including Pokemon, Dungeons & Dragons, Sowing, and lego. The library also hosts babysitting training and test invigilation.

“It’s a plethora of things that we try to give a small community, so they don’t have to [go to Dawson Creek],” explains Blayney. “Pouce likes to be an entity separate than Dawson Creek — we want to be our own community.”

It was that need for independence that had initially sowed the seeds for the library being in the school.

“Twelve years ago, we were trying to decide how we would keep the school here in Pouce, because we didn’t want them having to bus into town, because some of the kids would be on the bus for over a half hour to an hour,” says former councillor Donna White.

“Because the student population was going down, they just figured it wasn’t going to be big enough. They couldn’t see the feasibility of keeping the school open.”

The idea they came up with was to put the community centre inside the new school that was going to be built, giving it a dual purpose. A third purpose — the new library — was found because the old library — the building now called the Annex — was too small.

“It probably was the size of the kid’s section that we have now,” says Blayney.

The proposal worked, and 10 years after the building opened, kids in Pouce Coupe still have an elementary school to go to, and the community loves its library.
From the Dawson Creek Mirror

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When was the article reported?: 3/23/2018

Publication: Dawson Creek Mirror

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