Join us for the 125th celebration

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One week today is the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the formation of the North Gower library.

The library is open next Monday from 5:30-8:30 PM, and the formal celebrations take place from 7-8:30. Chair of the City of Ottawa Library Board Tim Tierney will be there to mark the occasion.

Staff is dressing in fashions from different decades over the 125 years, so if you have a costume or vintage clothing, put it on and drop in!

Formed by the Mechanics Institute –educational institutes designed to provide education to working men (and an alternative to gambling and drinking)–the library became a service for the general community. The North Gower Library moved several times in its lifetime, once it was in the General Store, and for another period it was in the coach house of the local doctor, but it has provided continuous library service for 125 years.

The North Gower Branch of the OPL is now housed in what was the Rideau Township Fire Hall. Next door are the Rideau Township Archives, in the former Town Hall.

Drop in, and celebrate, and show how much North Gower loves our Library!

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NOTE: the distinguished and beautiful lady pictured in the 125th anniversary bookmark is the late Coral Scharf Lindsay, local educator and historian. Also pictured is OPL staffer Julie, and below, co-chair of Friends of the North Gower Library and Coral’s Corner bookstore manager, Jane Wilson

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Donations wanted for used book sales

Donations of gently used books and magazines help the Library.

In North Gower, our “Coral’s Corner” performs the double duty of honouring Coral Lindsay, renowned historian and author, while providing an opportunity to recycle books within the community, and benefit the Library.

If you have books or magazines to donate, here are a few guidelines as to what the Library can accept:

  • recent publications
  • must be in good condition, i.e., not soiled or mouldy or broken
  • NO textbooks, please
  • magazines
  • children’s cooks
  • “Classic” publications welcome

Donations should be dropped off at the Library during open hours: please don’t leave books outside—we love books and would hate to find them damaged by the weather!

The book sales are managed by Friends of the Ottawa Public Library volunteer and North Gower resident Carol.

Don’t forget to take a look at what’s on offer at Coral’s Corner next time you stop in at the Library—very interesting finds can be had!

Local historian Coral Lindsay honoured today

Karen Craig of the North Gower library and Bill Tupper of the Rideau Historical Society with photo of Coral Lindsay and the new Coral's Corner

Karen Craig of the North Gower library and Bill Tupper of the Rideau Historical Society with photo of Coral Lindsay and the new Coral’s Corner

“A great friend, an accomplished historian, author and librarian,” was how former MP Bill Tupper described the late Coral Lindsay at a special ceremony in the North Gower Branch of the Ottawa Public Library today.

Mrs Lindsay was being celebrated for her decades of work in the community, and a bookstore area at the Library was named in her honour.

The idea for naming the book area after Mrs LIndsay came from North Gower library supervisor Karen Craig. “Every day that Coral was next door working in the Archives,” Karen said, “she came over to the Library side to look over our cart of books for sale. In fact, she was our best customer! So it was only fitting that we honour her in this way. We all miss her.”

Coral Scharf Lindsay was active in the greater Kars area throughout her life as a teacher-librarian in the Carleton Board of Education; a member of  St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,a leader and volunteer with the Ottawa Archives (Rideau Branch), and a volunteer with the Rideau Township Historical Society and Dickinson House.
Coral researched and published numerous histories of Carleton County people and events.  Her accomplishments were recognized as she was the recipient of Manotick Citizen of the Year Award (2009) the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Ontario Heritage Foundation Citation (1997), the Phi Delta Kappa Exemplary Teacher Certificate (1996), the Canada 125 Volunteer Award (1992), the Teacher’s Federation of Carleton County Silver Pin (1987), the Ontario Bicentennial Medal (1984) and the Lady Tweedsmuir Trophy (1964) for her role as curator of the Kars Tweedsmuir History.
Visit Coral’s Corner at the North Gower Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 6579 Fourth Line Road, North Gower.
Jane Venus, manager OPL rural branches; Carol Cope, volunteer Friends of the Ottawa Public LIbrary; Bill Tupper, representing the Rideau Historical Society

Jane Venus, manager OPL rural branches; Carol Cope, volunteer Friends of the Ottawa Public LIbrary; Bill Tupper, representing the Rideau Historical Society