Double the previous space for more programming options
BORDEN-CARLETON – The Provincial Library Service branch in this community celebrated a new vitality recently, re-opening in the space formerly occupied by the disbanded police department beside the fire hall.
© MICHAEL NESBITT / JOURNAL PIONEER
Borden-Carleton branch librarian Sharon Leard promotes the computer availability at the newly-expanded site, beside the fire hall. The branch is wi-fi enabled, has public computer access, and has nearly doubled in size to better accommodate all users.
“Libraries have really transformed,” said Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson, who attended the opening of the renewed branch. There are 26 library branches in the province.
“They are now becoming information hubs,” he described, citing books, music, and even the price of used vehicles as he noticed a handbook on the counter.
He detailed that provincial libraries are Wi-Fi friendly for personal wireless computer use, as well as providing access to hard-wired computers for those without, including tourists. He also mentioned that some provincial licences are available, like those for fishing and oysters, adding to the extent of services that libraries, and librarians, are able and trained to deliver.
“We think there is a real future for the library system,” Henderson predicted.
The renewal of the Borden-Carleton library doubles the space available for activities, according to librarian Sharon Leard. It offers a much more comfortable environment for events that have attracted up to 70 participants in the past.
Leard is looking forward to being able to separate groups of adults and children for simultaneous activities rather than having to schedule separate sessions.
“The atmosphere is brighter and not so cluttered,” Leard noted about the natural light streaming in the windows and that community events would have sufficient space to provide refreshment service.
Kathleen Eaton, director of libraries and archives for the Provincial Library Service, described the new space as impressive, as was the value the community put on the service.
Local MLA George Webster, minister of Agriculture and Forestry, deemed the new space a focal point for the community in keeping with the government’s effort to provide projects and programming that keep communities vibrant.
The Branch and Community Services supervisor, Grace Dawson, noted that the complete Provincial Library Service is available through the branch library, with display items rotated by community use and inter-branch exchange.
Borden-Carleton library hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.