June 24, 2009
ROGERSVILLE (CNB) - The provincial government and the Village of Rogersville signed an agreement today to build a public library, beginning with renovations scheduled for this summer.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault and Rogersville Mayor Bertrand LeBlanc signed the agreement, known as a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
"Our public libraries are key community infrastructures promoting literacy, education and lifelong learning in New Brunswick," said Arseneault. "They support cultural, social and economic development as well as the province's self-sufficiency goals.
"This is an exciting day for the people of Rogersville because they will soon have access to new tools and resources that will allow them to further enrich their lives."
The MOU outlines of the roles and responsibilities of each partner in the establishment of the library. The Village of Rogersville and various community organizations will invest $50,000 in renovations, equipment and furniture. The provincial government has committed $60,000 toward an initial library collection, network and technology infrastructure; it is also supporting the creation of one staff position.
"The population of Greater Rogersville will benefit from the establishment of this library," said LeBlanc. "We, as a municipal council, want all the tools necessary to offer a better lifestyle to our population. This library is another step ahead to realizing this goal."
The library, to be located W.F. Boisvert School, will be the 63rd public library in the province. It is expected to open in the fall.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465; Paul Lang, general manager, Village of Rogersville, 506-775-2080.