FROM CHURCH TO LIBRARY — The 120-year-old Queenston Baptist Church is undergoing extensive renovation. When completed, the building will be used as a public library. The Library now housed in the United Church already has about 2,000 volumes but Dr. Djamal Afrukhteh of Niagara Falls says he will donate another 1,500 from his own collection.
He's already provided building...now he may give books.
Restoration work to convert the 120-year-old Queenston Baptist Church into a public library is approaching completion and an opening is expected in mid-October.
Work on the building located across from the Laura Secord Home in Queenston began last February. Now all that remains to be done is to lay a wood floor over the current concrete floor, installation of fixtures and some painting, said Aubrey Dickson of the Queenston Community Association.
Mr. Dickson said that until the new library building is completed the Queenston library is housed in the basement of Queenston United Church. There are about 2,000 books in the collection at the moment but Dr. Djamal Afrukhteh, a Niagara Falls physician, has indicated that he will donate about 1,500 books from his own collection to the library.
Dr. Afrukhteh bought the old building in 1967 and donated it to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1971 so that it could be used as a community centre or library.
Mr. Dickson noted that the library will be part of the regional library system, and will be the responsibility of the Niagara-on-the-Lake library board. Most of its books will come from the book budget of that board.
The library will be staffed with volunteers and, like the library in Niagara-on-the-Lake, will probably be open for only a few hours two or three days a week.
The building will be more than just a library, Mr. Dickson said. Meetings of groups like the Community Association will be held there, travelogues for children may be held and crafts will be taught in the basement of the building.