Library patrons, staff, volunteers and Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt celebrated the occasion of 123 years of continuous library service in North Gower today.
A chocolate cake decorated with multi-coloured candies was sliced by the Councillor for staff and visitors, including his daughter, Lane.
Councillor Moffatt remarked that the North Gower Library’s history of over a century of service was remarkable in the history of Ontario and that today, as part of the Ottawa Public Library system, library users have access to a huge range of materials.
“This library may seem small physically,” he said, “but it has large circulation numbers and is an important part of our community. My children enjoy coming here to read and play,” he said.
While the grown-ups were making speeches, several children were playing in the children’s area at the back of the library, where there are toys and three walls of shelved picture books. Other children were comfortable in chairs, reading graphic novels, waiting for the speeches to be over and the cake to be served.
Staffers Karen Craig, Louise Drouin-Backs, and Christine McKay were on hand for the celebration today.
The North Gower Library began on November 14th, 1891, when the Mechanics Institute convened a library service for local residents. The library was in at least six locations over the years, but since 1978 has been housed in the former Rideau Township Fire Hall, next door to the Rideau Archives in the former Town Hall.
Councillor Moffatt remarked that the upcoming 125th year will be one of celebration for the community, which prizes its library.
The 123rd celebration event was organized by the Friends of the North Gower Library.