Special Events Commemorate Canada's First Public Library
The earliest known public library in Canada was established 200 years ago in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The celebrations began in January with a period dinner that was highlighted by a re-enactment of the first Board meeting. Roch Carrier, the National Librarian of Canada, and one of this country's most heralded authors, was among many eloquent guests who shared their vision and ideas on the importance of this event to the history and culture of Canada.
The actual Founding Day on June 8 featured the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Hilary M. Weston. She proved to be a marvellous
emissary and made many friends at the day's events. Her arrival by caleche, preceded by the Fort George Fife and Drum Corps, ensured that the anniversary was celebrated with all the pomp and circumstance that the occasion deserved. Over 800 people gathered outside the Court House building for the Founders' Day ceremony during which the Lieutenant-Governor officially opened a display showcasing 200 years of library history in the community. A formal luncheon in Navy Hall, another historic site in the town, completed the colourful bicentennial celebration.