For this month, WRAC features Bibliotheque Allard Regional Library, which opened on May 3, 1983, in École Communataire St. Georges. In November, 2008, it moved to its own space on Highway 11, thanks to fundraisers, donations, grants, and municipal funds.
Library Allard is also the administrative centre for Victoria Beach Branch which opened in November, 2009. The two libraries serve RM of Alexander, Town of Powerview-Pine Falls and RM of Victoria Beach. Library Allard also provides open shelf service to Manigotagan, Bissett, and Seymourville so people in these communities can receive books in the mail and access the library’s catalogue.
The library’s mission is to provide access to resources and programs, and to enhance knowledge, joy of reading, and quality of life. It has hosted multiple displays such as “Now That’s a Hat” Exhibit from Brandon’s Daly House Museum in fall of 2014 and this spring’s Myrtle Lalor Art Exhibit with wine and cheese reception.
Each year, they present Remembrance Day displays, Crèche Festivals (nativity scenes in multiple formats, from end of November to beginning of January), and the popular TD’s Summer Reading program for kids. The library also hosts ongoing art and craft classes, from water colour painting to Lego Club, with a Lego sculpture contest on the September long weekend.
Author presentations happen often. Next upcoming readings include: Michael Luke in July with his newest from the “Finding Cindy” series, The Morning Light Conspiracy, Andreas Oertel’s newest junior fiction in October. The library organizes a photo rally in early October and is working at getting two storytellers and two musicians in November. For more info about programs and events, check out www.allardlibrary.com or their Facebook page.
Dedicated and friendly staff include: Kelly Murray, Jen Kemball, Madeleine Boisjoli, Valerie Townsend, Kailyn Coss (summer student), and from Victoria Beach Branch, Maggie Tagliaferri, Vicki Peterson. Board members include: Bruce Morrison (chairperson), Lorie Finkbeiner, Gord Kaye, Gerry Dupont, Linda McMillan, Vicki Jonsson.
Head librarian Kelly Murray says, “Our board’s desire is to have the library as the hub of the community.”