The Fort Saskatchewan Public Library has reached a major milestone a little earlier than expected.
 
Ten months after starting a year-long free card campaign, the library is reporting it has achieved its goal of putting 5000 new and renewed library cards into the hands of Fort Saskatchewan residents.
 
The campaign started in October and saw library representatives dropping by local grocery stores, hockey games, festivals and community events to share the word about the benefits of having a library card. The library also hosted some guest speakers -- including Edmonton Eskimo Justin Sorensen and Body Break's Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod -- who helped bring some new patrons through the library's door.
 
Library director Michele Fedyk said the library is thrilled about hitting the number and hopes to see it go even higher.
 
“Let’s see how many more cards we can issue to our residents from now until the end of September.”
 
The library eliminated annual fees a couple years ago, and cards will continue to be free after the campaign officially wraps up on October 25. The library has planned a special event to mark the day.
 
"We'll have some entertainment and refreshments and everyone is welcome to come and celebrate this great achievement," Fedyk said.

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