Library renos highlight birthday bash
By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily
The excitement is beginning to build as the Nelson Municipal Library prepares to enter a new chapter in its venerable history.
On Friday, Oct. 1, the Library will turn 90 years old and will show the results of its new facelift at an open house at 6:30 p.m.
The progress to-date on the Library expansion project will reveal the new children’s department being built in the lower level of the Library building, as well as numerous ‘tweeks’ in the rest of the Library.
“Our expansion is really generating excitement,” said chief librarian June Stockdale. “The Library is brighter, with much more room for our growing collection and enhanced programming.”
The day will also be a chance to re-iterate to rural residents the importance of a ‘Yes’ vote in the coming Oct. 16 referenda in Regional District of Central Kootenay areas E, F and southern H.
If it passes, it would mean satellite library services for Kootenay Lake and the Slocan Valley, outreach services for youth, improved hours of operation at the main branch, and expanded collection materials for all patrons.
People who would like more information on the Oct. 16 referenda can stop in at the open house this Friday, or visit the Library website at www.nelsonlibrary.ca.
Cooking up a new book
The Nelson Municipal Library and the Kootenay Co-op have teamed up to create a literary cookbook.
Seasonings: A Year of Local Flavour in Words and Recipes will be released at a special event and library open house this Friday, Oct. 1.
Dozens of cooks and scribes came forward and submitted recipes, poems, stories and essays celebrating gardens, growing, seasons and food.
Food photographer Heather Goldsworthy of Image Obscura Photography and designer Steven Cretney of The Forest Design Communications made the concept soar.
The Library strives to enrich lives by encouraging the joy of reading, the discovery of new ideas, and by promoting creative expression. For the Kootenay Co-op, community involvement and the cultivation of health and sustainability are important.
It was a perfect collaboration. Although the Co-op is a full partner in the production of Seasonings, 100 per cent of the profits from the book will benefit the Nelson Library and its expansion project.
The Seasonings launch is part of a special event and open house to showcase the Library’s expansion progress to-date and to celebrate the Library’s birthday.
For 90 years, the Library has given local residents access to information, enjoyment, education, and community programming for all residents from babies to seniors.