Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library

This was the opening speech made by Chairperson Brenda Dunsmore for the official opening August 31st, 2008.

"The day has finally come!

It is the culmination of a dream, perseverance, and dedication to a cause by dozens and dozens of people.

Over the past eight years, a great many volunteers from this community have come together with one common goal “a library”. Thank you


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We have had many hurdles to overcome – creating a suitable building, boxes and boxes of books, lack of shelving, a little knowledge of cataloguing and learning how to operate a library. All these were conquered because of unwavering support from the Village Council, enthusiastic volunteers, and tremendous backing throughout the area to see this project succeed.

We have made new friends and learned a lot about libraries and books. It has been fun and continues to be. As we have often said if we make a mistake “you can’t fire me”.



We’re extremely proud of our library with over 1800 hours already spent by volunteers in the last twelve months and hundreds more since the year 2000 when the dream began. We have catalogued over 8000 books and have not purchased any until today; further proof that the region has strongly supported this library.

We still need volunteers to keep the library open and 3 hours a month can help us do that. If anyone is interested please talk to one of the directors or volunteers.

 

It is our hope that the library becomes a truly regional center for young children to seniors to enjoy with programs, book clubs, guest speakers and much more. A love of reading is so important for all ages and it is hoped with a library in our community more people can share in that love and feel a sense of pride in a facility designed to help improve our quality of life."