Support for Library funds
One of the beneficial by-products of Regional Government soon to be realized is that the institution of the Regional Library system.
Under this organization members of the Niagara on the Lake library will be enabled to use their library tickets in any other library within the Municipality of Niagara. No longer will it be necessary to deposit $10 with the St. Catharines library to qualify for borrowing from their much larger collection.
And while on the subject of libraries it is not generally known that the Library at the Niagara District Secondary School is at the disposal of Niagara on the Lake. Nor is it as widely known as it ought to be that the Niagara on the Lake Library procures from any other library across the country, any specific publication requested by borrowers.
The Niagara on the Lake Library Board which includes Queenston and Virgil, has under consideration a number of fundraising plans, one of which is the sale of Historical Issues by the Niagara Advance. This could be an excellent way of remembering your friends overseas and at the same time supporting a most worthy community agency.
The Lewiston-Queenston Rotary pancake breakfast on May 20, to be held at the Canadian Legion in King Street is another fund raising event which local residents are urged to support.
One may take one's family for a lovely breakfast, listen to some delightful organ music and have the consolation that you are contributing to an extremely worthwhile operation.
It may be more coincidence that the incidence of loitering on Queen Street and the number of unlawful incidents around town have been reduced since the local library has become so popular, but we may be excused for thinking that there might be some connection, remote as it may seem.
There can be no doubt, however, that with increased interest exercised by the young people of the municipality in records and films, all now available at the library, there is bound to be reduced inclination in other, less desirable activities.
We don't have the necessary statistics to prove it but we know that increased expenditure on library budgets is usually accompanied by reduced spending on crime prevention. In what ratio, we are unable to state.
But we are certain with the expansion of the Niagara library and the accommodation the children and young people will enjoy in the new auditorium, many homes will be better off because of the activities which Gerda Molson and her band of dedicated workers and her ambitious Board are planning. Our very best wishes go out to them and we do hope the community will give the fullest support possible.
Niagara Advance. May 10, 1973
Library brochure tells its story and appeals for financial aid
An attractive brochure in green and yellow has been issued by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Library in an effort to obtain financial support, for their expansion program currently under way. The brochure is entitled "Open the new doors" is cleverly folded so that it presents appearance of doors being opened, was designed by Librarian Gerda Molson and printed by the Regional Library printing services. It includes "facts you should know" such as the increase in book circulation from 1,500 in 1969 to 40,000 last year, the opening of the Queenston Book Deposit department in August 1971, now housed in the restored Queenston Library building; the Virgil Book Deposit started last February; the extension of services to schools and the proposed new schedule which will extend library hours at the Niagara library from 19 to 37 hours per week.
The special library services are listed including the record loan service, 16 and 8 mm free film loans, inter-library loan service, story hour and craft groups and the special film and puppet show time for children.
The brochure draws attention to the fact that for 61 years although the municipality has been expanded many times, until recently no expansion has taken place within the library. It mentions the current work being done with the aid of a $31,000 LIP grant, local municipal grant of $10,000 and a loan from the bank, at an over-all estimated cost of $58,000.
The brochure points out a sum of $17,000 is still needed. It provides a convenient form to be torn out and sent to public library, accompanying any donation the residents may wish to make in this very worthy effort.
Under the Crest of the Municipality of Niagara-on-the-Lake the brochure gives a brief history of the Library from its foundation in Newark in 1800.
Niagara Advance. May 3, 1973
Niagara Library Will Be Closed For Renovation
The main branch of the public library at the old town hall on Queen St. will be closed May 15 until June 2 to allow completion of the extension of the facilities.
The expansion in the basement area of the historic building will cost $58,000, partly finance through a $31,000 grant provided by the Local Initiatives Program of the federal government.
The floor has been poured and carpeting work will start next week.
The work included breaking two walls, pouring the cement and revamping an old garage, plus several electrical changes.
After the official opening, new extended library hours will commence. Work on the project started in February.
St. Catharines Standard. May 8, 1973