FORT FRANCES—After being under construction since last July, the new Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre opened its doors Tuesday morning.
“We’re very happy to be able to open up to the public,” chief librarian Margaret Sedgwick said.
“I am sure the public [is] just going to be thrilled with what we have to offer,” she added.
“We’ve all been getting ready for the soft opening—remember, the grand opening is June 21—so not everything is up and running,” Sedgwick noted.
“We’re not fully trained on everything,” she admitted. “[But] we do have the self-check stations ready to go, so the public will be able to get training on how they check out their own materials.”
Sedgwick also said the technology centre part is not up and running yet.
“We will have some computers for public use, but we haven’t received training on the adaptive technology equipment,” she explained.
“The Shaw community hub is not operational at this point.
“But people are welcome to come in and enjoy our facility, and to check out books and movies, have a seat, use the Internet,” Sedgwick remarked, adding the library’s 60,000-piece collection has been fully moved in and put on the shelves.
Sedgwick noted the volunteers who helped make “the big move” were much-appreciated, adding a few have been “on call” as recently as yesterday afternoon.
Community Services manager George Bell noted there still is some work to be done on the outside of the facility, such as landscaping, masonry, and roofing, but this all should be done prior to the June 21 grand opening.
The new library is located on 601 Reid Ave., adjacent to the Memorial Sports Centre.
It is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
In related news, local artists are being offered the opportunity to showcase their work in the new facility during the week-long grand-opening celebration beginning June 21.
Artwork should be no larger than 36 inches.
One entry per artist will be accepted for display. In the event of a surplus, a draw will be made to determine the works exhibited.
Mark the pieces clearly with your contact information, and drop them off at the new library after Monday, June 14.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)