After the closure of Lakevale Consolidated School in 1991, a community library was developed beginning with some 50 books. Joyce MacEachern became the first librarian and was assisted by Kathryn Collicot and Anita Gavin. At that time, Dr. Carmen MacIntosh and his wife Norma generously donated a large number of books. A plaque was placed in the library in their honor.
The library was open to the public each Saturday from 2PM – 4PM. In 2002, it became operational under a new committee which included Marg Brown, Barb Lerikos, Betty Webber, Brenda Botterill and Kay Gunn with Sheila Redden as Chair. In October of 2002, a computer was given to the Library from the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library and a printer was donated by the Municipal Council. Before March of 2003, the library became the tenth CAP site in northern Nova Scotia under the coordination of Melanie Pauls. With the assistance of the committee and through the co-operation of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library books on loan and summer reading programs for children were set up. An honor system worked well, and allowed community members to borrow and return books when the Center was open for other activities.
Over the years, a magazine shelf, three computers, a printer plus a great variety of books were acquired mainly through donations. It is now a pleasure to drop in and browse. Currently, we have over 3000 books. We have a section of Youth books as well as Childrens’ books. The library operates on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 PM and is staffed by volunteers.
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