Jan. 11, 2010
CAP-PELÉ (CNB) - The new Cap-Pelé Public Library officially opened on Sunday, Jan. 11.
"I am convinced that this new public library will be used on an ongoing, daily basis by the people of Cap-Pelé," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "Not only does it contain the power of knowledge and imagination, it will make a significant contribution to the attainment of the province's self-sufficiency plan as a key pillar of education."
The 495-sq.-metre (5,500-sq.-foot) library has an excellent collection of books, an activity room, a meeting room, a reading corner for children, an outdoor patio for reading, and a space for teens. The library has been open 30 hours a week since Dec. 22.
The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour invested $200,000, which was used to buy a collection of books and audiovisual documents; install a state-of-the-art computer system; and to hire two full-time employees who will oversee the operation of the facility.
The municipality received a $400,000 grant from the Regional Development Corporation to help cover construction costs.
The village and residents of Cap-Pelé contributed $1.55 million toward construction and the purchase of furniture and materials.
"I would like, personally and on behalf of the government, to congratulate the administrators of the village of Cap-Pelé and all those who had a hand in finally making this public institution a reality," Arseneault added. "By working together, we can make projects such as this happen."
The minister presented a gift of $500 worth of books to Debbie Dodier, library board chair and mayor of Cap-Pelé, to commemorate the official opening.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Sylvie Nadeau, executive-director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-7141; Tina Bourgeois, regional director, Albert-Westmorland-Kent Library Region, 506-869-6030.