Oct. 21, 2009
ROGERSVILLE (CNB) - A new public library for the people of Rogersville and the surrounding area opened today. The library will be housed in École W.-F.-Boisvert, in a room converted for the purpose by the village and the community.
"I am very pleased to see the Rogersville Public Library become the 62nd in the province's public library system," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "An institution such as this one serves people of all ages, and promotes literacy, education, and lifelong learning, for young and old alike. I am confident that the people of Rogersville and the surrounding area will make good use of this new tool for access to knowledge."
Public libraries are built through a partnership between the provincial government, the New Brunswick Public Library Service, and participating municipalities. Government is responsible for the management and delivery of library and online services, staffing; the acquisition and processing of books and other documents in the collection; and the computer system supporting the services. The municipality is responsible for providing, equipping, and maintaining the premises required to offer a quality library service, and for appointing members of the library board.
"It is a great day for the community of Rogersville," said Rogersville Mayor Bertrand LeBlanc. "We've been waiting for this moment for over 30 years. The establishment of our public library is an important step toward the achievement of our community cafetorium project. This infrastructure is essential to our residents."
The village and community organizations and businesses have invested more than $40,000 in renovations and purchasing the necessary furniture and equipment. The provincial government has earmarked $60,000 to purchase books to start the library's collection, hire a half-time manager, and fund the library's access to the computer system. School District 11 has contributed custodial and electrician services.
The memorandum of understanding making the library possible was signed by Arseneault and LeBlanc on June 24, 2009.
The library is located on 65 de l'École St., and will be open 15 hours a week, from 10 a.m. - noon and 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays; 1-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The official opening ceremonies will be held at a later date.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Tina Bourgeois, regional director, Albert-Westmorland-Kent Library Region, 506-869-6030; Sylvie Nadeau, executive director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-7141.