Ashton losing store, and lending library

April 15, 2016

People love libraries. If they don’t have one, they’ll make one, as shown in Ashton Ontario where the General Store is closing after 150 years.

The little store was a community meeting place, and also featured a little lending library,where the community could drop off books, and pick up something to read. An informal arrangement—but it worked.

It reminds us of North Gower which, as of this November, will celebrate 125 years of continuous library services. The stories have it that the library was in a general store in North Gower, too, and for a time in the living room of a resident.

The North Gower Library is a community centre too, as you can see if you drop in any Saturday, or Tuesdays when the Knitting Club and Book Clubs meet.

To read more about the General Store in Ashton, go here:


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