Board eager to build new library

The local library board is thrilled with town council’s recent decision to approve the corner of Reid Avenue and Second Street East as the official site for the new public library.
Board chair Joyce Cunningham is delighted to be taking another step forward in the development of a much-needed new library facility.
“Accessibility and efficiency are key driving factors to the new library,” she explained.
“The new single-level design, along with lower shelving and more open space, will ensure that all citizens will be able to access and use the library without being inconvenienced.
“With increased seating space and an outdoor reading garden, the new Fort Frances Public Library will be a prominent source of pride and inspiration for the Town of Fort Frances,” Cunningham added.
Chief librarian Margaret Sedgwick also is pleased with the news and excited about the positive features the new library will have.
“We will have space for a teen area, a separate room for library programs, a public meeting room, and quiet study areas,” she enthused. “The new library will also have room for additional computers for public use and a parking lot large enough to accommodate all users.
“We’re going to be right across from a beautiful park [Lions Park],” she added. “It will be a great outing for parents and their children to visit the park and the library.”
Sedgwick also said having the library together with other community services, such as ice skating, swimming, and hockey, is a trend in many other communities across Canada.
“This is a great opportunity to attract people who may never have accessed the library before because off its location,” she noted.
The library board will gear up in the New Year to start a major fundraising campaign in 2006.
“Once we have the detailed plans and up-to-date costs for the new building, we will begin preparing a case for support and establishing a campaign committee,” said Cunningham.
In the meantime, anyone with questions about the new library is encouraged to call Cunningham at 274-9248. As well, information brochures are available at the library.
The public also may attend library board meetings, which are held on the third Wednesday of the month at noon in the library.