Stephanie Boyce accepts the Star of the Library Award on behalf of Cheryl Mackie of the Brigadoon for her ardent support of Friends during the last fifteen years. Presentation was made by Jude Levere at the Friends of the Library AGM on November 16. Photo by George Gouthro

by Pat Babin

In case you haven’t noticed, the Friends of the North Grenville Public Library have just completed their fifteenth year of service to the Library and the Community.

The Friends group became an important vehicle for laying the ground work and rallying community support for our new central library. Through its various fundraising activities such as the book fair, BBQs, Literary Follies, the Children’s Holiday Funfest, and life memberships, it has annually contributed financially to library services for children, youth, and adults, especially seniors.

Because North Grenville has always supported them, they decided to show their appreciation this past summer by sponsoring Puppets Up! on July 10. Noreen Young, world renown puppeteer, shared her expertise with the organizing committee. Thanks to the following for helping defray the $4,000 cost of this special sesquicentennial event: John Brauneisen, Tallman Truck Centre, Myers Motors, Hard Stone Restaurant, the Municipality of North Grenville, Sheila Pratt, RB Heating, Fran Thompson, and Kemptville Living. What a treat it was to welcome Queen Victoria and Sir John A.

Special thanks are extended to our Library CEO, Sue Higgins, for providing the inspiration for the formation of Friends. Because of her encouragement, Pat Babin, who was a Library Board Trustee at the time, provided the impetus and the energy. Once a half dozen highly competent bibliophiles volunteered to be on the Executive Committee, the group was on its way ….and what a ride it has been!

In 2012, the Friends group was selected by the Friends of Canadian Libraries (FOCAL) to receive its national award in recognition of their accomplishments. In 2009, Friends also received the North Grenville Arts and Culture Award for contributions to the community.

As they enter their sixteenth year, the present Chair of the Executive Committee, Helen Bunn, extends a warm welcome to local citizens who may be interested in supporting their Library by serving on the Executive Committee. “It is an exciting time to be involved with the LIBRARY!”

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