Lac du Bonnet Regional Library – Focus on Local Artists/Orinizations – Issue #11

March 2013

Lac du Bonnet LibraryIn 1977, a group of dedicated supporters campaigned for a library in the area. In 1980, after three years as a volunteer-run organization with materials donated or block borrowed from travelling libraries, it was designated “Provincial Regional.” At first, it moved around, from the former Northern Store to a room in the old Park Avenue School. On April 1, 1981, it opened its doors at 70 Park Street in Suite #1, with its first paid librarian, Barbara Steed. As time passed and holdings increased, it expanded into a second suite, under the direction of Maureen Flemming. In October of 1989, after the board decided to build a custom designed facility, volunteers spearheaded fundraising and building plans.  The next January, on a bitterly cold day, they packed up and moved everything to the current location at 84 Third Street.

Vickie Short & Deb Woodfine

Vickie Short & Deb Woodfine

In 1997, the next librarian, Roz Burt, introduced automated software. After her departure, Kathy Derksen and Lynn Carter took as Head Librarians and current Head Librarian, Vickie Short, took over in 2007. As technology moves forward so does the library, incorporating online membership account access, downloadable eBooks/audiobooks, travel databases, online Consumer Reports and EDSCOhost, an online access database.

For twenty-one years now, the library has catered to young and old, providing favorite books, movies, reference material, audios, large print, magazines and numerous other items.  Also, it has hosted guest authors, held pajama and game nights, and run the ever successful kids’ Summer Reading programs. During the last five years, the library has replaced shingles, repaired and painted the ceiling, and integrated ongoing computer upgrades.

On April 2, the Lac du Bonnet Library will host a special event with two guest authors, two musicians  and lots of treats, so the staff invite you to head on down to Third Street. Or go online to www.lacdubonnetlibrary.ca and catch up on all their services.