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Everyone is invited to celebrate the new Omemee Library Branch Grand Opening– Kawartha Lakes Public Library

KAWARTHA LAKES— The Kawartha Lakes Public Library invites everyone to celebrate the official opening of the expanded and renovated Omemee Branch of Kawartha Lakes Public Library on Saturday January 13, 2018, between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. The formal speeches and ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur at 1:00pm.

Replacing the former Omemee Branch, the new branch is located at 24 King Street East, in the former Ace Hardware store. The new branch has been open to the public since November 2017. The Grand Opening will feature entertainment for children, music and prize draws for children and adults. Treats and refreshments will be available.

“Libraries play an important role in our communities, acting as the community’s living room. I am very excited and proud to have been part of this project. Everyone has worked very hard to complete this project,” said Jamie Morris, Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Board.

The Omemee Branch Library was designed to suit the needs of the community. The branch has high ceilings and is filled with natural light. It contains areas for comfortable seating, small meetings or just talking with friends. The space was designed to be flexible and inviting, with free Wi-Fi (coming early 2018) and computer stations available, as well as childrens, young adult, and adult collections filled with books and DVDs. The Library expansion includes many barrier-free features such as an automatic door opener and an accessible washroom.

 “Libraries are important partners in ensuring the growth of healthy communities. Our libraries encourage learning for all ages,” added Jamie Anderson, CEO/Library Director.

Branch Facts and Features

Size: approximately 1600 square feet

Hours:

  • Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Wednesday 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm

Branch Features:

  • Welcoming ambiance
  • Flexible space
  • Comfortable lounge seating
  • Wi-Fi access (coming soon)
  • Book return open 24/7
  • Meeting space for small groups

 

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This is a cross blog post – I’ve never tried one before.  It’s technically not about Bethany, but does mention small towns, so I thought it might fit.

I was in Cobourg yesterday, the small town I was born in.  In my attempt to promote my novel, Baby! Baby? Baby!?, I contacted independent bookstores to see if they would be willing to stock my book with a consignment arrangement.  I couldn’t believe when I only found 4 independent bookstores suitable for my book.

Four bookstores. In the GTA.  The Avid Reader in Cobourg.  Furby House in Port Hope.  The Blue Heron in Uxbridge.  TYPE in Toronto.  That’s it.

While there isn’t a bookstore in Bethany (not that I know of – if I’m wrong, please correct me and I will visit immediately!) they do have a great library!

I love bookstores.  I have always loved Indigo/Chapters because of the selection, but more and more when I go in, I’m greeted with rows and stacks of stuff.  Non-book stuff.  Where are the books?  They have cards and gifts and dishes and baby toys and kids’ toys…there are stores for that other stuff!  Doesn’t Heather Reisman realize people go into bookstores for books?!?!?

You don’t get the other stuff in small bookstore.  You get books.  Good books.  More importantly, the stores are staffed with people who love books.  Granted, I’m sure you can’t get a job at Indigo without a love of books, nor should you want to, but walk into a small bookstore and you get interesting conversation, great reviews and suggestions.

There’s a kids’ bookstore in Toronto called Mable’s Fables that I love, because anytime I go in there, they can always point me in the direction of a book that is perfect for the kid I buy it for, either mine or someone else’s.  Normally, I don’t give books as gifts.  But when I do, it’s because I’ve put the most effort and thought into selecting the book.  For me, it’s one of the more meaningful gifts I can give a person.  These aren’t books off the Top Ten list either – I put time and effort into choosing them.  And help for this isn’t something you get at Indigo.  Going into a small bookstore, I’m confident of finding the perfect book, usually with the help of the staff, because they have the time and the love of books to make the extra effort, just like I am.  I always thought if I was to go back to work, I’d try a bookstore.  A small one.

But when I was in Cobourg, dropping off a copy of my novel so they could have a looksee, I got into a conversation with the woman who worked there.  I was more than dismayed to hear her predicting the death of the bookstore.

I could see her point about the small, independent bookstores.  In fact, I can see it.  If you want to buy a book, you go to Indigo – it’s cheaper, better selection (despite the other stuff), more convenient.  Or you buy it on line.

And I think that’s the problem.

I like on-line shopping as much as the next person.  Well, maybe not as much as some.  And I’ve bought my share of books on line.  Mostly books, not ebooks.  Maybe I’m a little late in joining the party, but I haven’t embraced holding a tablet to read a book.  I like book books.  I like the feel, the smell…everything about them.

Ebooks are impersonal.  There’s no physical connection.  And yes, I have a physical connection with all my favourite books.  I like to see them on the shelf, not the virtual shelf in my iPad.

And there’s my conundrum.  I’m a writer, an author.  I sell books – ebooks!  How can I sell ebooks if I’m against them?  Ugh!

But this post isn’t about my dilemma, but about me bemoaning how independent bookstores are a dying breed and in a few years might well be extinct.  If you’re a booklover like me, how do we help?  I’m not sure boycotting Amazon and Chapters.ca will help, but tracking down independent bookstores in your area might.  Visit them, and often.  Support your local businesses, but especially bookstores.

And keep reading.

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Bethany Ontario Municipal Service Centre

Bethany Ontario Municipal Service Centre

I’m continuing my exploration of Bethany, Ontario.  It’s a special little town, with a rural atmosphere but close enough to all the amenities.  If you’re looking for an affordable place, with easy, relaxed living, lots of small town charm plus an easy commute, Bethany is the place for you!

I visited Bethany again last week and paid a visit to the Manvers Municipal Office.

WW2 War Memorial

WW2 War Memorial

Flanked by war memorials from both WWI and WW2, the building housing the municipal offices is also Bethany’s branch of

WW! Memorial

WW1 Memorial

the City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library, as well as the office of the local nurse/practioner.  This is a nice additionto the Millbrook Medical clinic  and the hospitals in Peterborough, Lindsay and Bowmanville.

inside the library

inside the library

Being a book person, libraries are a favourite place for me and the library in Bethany was no exception.  It’s a cozy space with free internet access and a great kids’ area.

kids area

kids area

The Children’s Programs include Preschool Storytime and Crafts on Thursday mornings, Super Saturday Board Games for kids 7-15 and Wise Guys and Gals Homework Club on Thursday evenings.

Donna, who works at the municipal office was  helpful in providing information about local organizations and coming events.

The municipal offices found in the centre of Bethany right across from the General Store on Highway 7A and are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30.  Library Staff are available to assist Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 10-2.  Stop in for a visit the next time your in Bethany

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