Friends of the NGPL present An Evening at the Library

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The Friends of the North Grenville Public Library (NGPL) are hosting a soirée to raise money for the implementation of Digital Literacy Programs at the Library.

One of the event organizers, Barbara Rousseau, says that the mandate of the Friends of the NGPL is to support new initiatives at the Library that keep it current and vibrant. “We are lucky to have a great library, and we want to keep it that way,” she says.

The implementation of Digital Literacy Programs has been an important trend in libraries across the province. Many Eastern Ontario libraries have tech-based programs, meant to help children, adults and seniors become more comfortable with using technology which is becoming increasingly important in today’s world. “It is a whole other language,” Barbara says.

The NGPL currently offers public access to computers with internet, wireless connection for mobile devices, printing and scanning. Staff also help patrons use the technology, as time allows. With proper funding, the NGPL would love to start offering a Coding for Kids program (with a focus on programming robots), sessions to help patrons learn how to access library e-books, and a Tech Buddies program which pairs up Seniors with tech questions with technologically savvy teens.

Barbara has been a supporter of the Library for many years and was one of the people who raised over $750,000 to build the Library’s current building, which opened in 2011. Their campaign was called Room to Read, but Barbara says that, if they were to run the campaign again, it would be called Room to Read and So Much More. “It’s a hub for the community,” she says. “There are no limitations to the building.”

An Evening at the Library is set for Saturday, June 22, starting at 6:30pm. It will be a classy evening to celebrate what the NGPL brings to the community, and will support innovation and future programming. Local harpist, Hanna MacNaughtan, will provide musical entertainment and the evening will also feature local authors Tom Graham, Michael Blouin and Jen Gilroy as guest speakers. Community member, Chris Morgan, will also be on hand to say a few words about the importance of the library to the municipality and surrounding area.

Barbara says the local businesses have been very generous in their support of the event. Appetizers and local beer and wine will be served throughout the evening, and there will also be a silent auction of items from businesses, such as Kemptville Suites and the Brigadoon, and pieces of art from local artists. “There is something for every taste and pocketbook,” Barbara says. Corporate sponsors for the event include Connie Lamble and Royal Bank’s Samantha Rivet-Stevenson.

Tickets for the evening are $15 and can be purchased at the NGPL. Barbara and the rest of the Friends of the NGPL hope it is a fun evening supporting an important asset in the community. “I am hoping people realize how fortunate we are to have the library,” Barbara says. “It’s more than just a book to read.”

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