Dec. 22, 2009
ROGERSVILLE (CNB) - The official opening of the Rogersville Public Library took place today, with Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, Rogersville Mayor Bertrand LeBlanc, and library board chair Fernand Gaudet in attendance.
"Residents have been waiting for this moment for at least 30 years, and they are happy that the library has opened," said Arseneault. "The books and audio-visual documents have been chosen with people of all ages in mind, so I am sure that the library will be used extensively."
The library will be open 15 hours per week more than the current 15-hour schedule.
Arseneault said that since the library first opened on Oct. 21, the number of people using it has steadily increased, and the facility's sole part-time employee had difficulty keeping up with the growing demand.
"We had to do something to satisfy the public's needs," said Arseneault. "Our decision to increase this employee's working hours from part-time to full-time was made without hesitation."
The Rogersville Public Library's new schedule will come into effect in January 2010.
The provincial government contributed about $130,000 for the library to purchase books, hire staff, and set up a state-of-the-art computer network.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Sylvie Nadeau, New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS), 506-453-7141; Tina Bourgeois, regional director, Albert-Westmorland-Kent Library Region, NBPLS, 506-869-6030.