St. Thomas-Elgin Weekly News
On June 9, the new Southwold Township Library welcomed members of the public to its ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the new facility, located in the Keystone Complex.
Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, Southwold Mayor and Elgin County Warden Grant Jones, and other dignitaries were on hand to congratulate the county council and hear more about the positive impact the library has on the community.
“I want to congratulate the Township of Southwold, community members and all of the volunteers who made the opening of the new Southwold Township Library a reality,” Yurek said. “I also want to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their contribution to the new library (a $150,000 capital grant). I encourage everyone to enjoy all that the library has to offer whether it is to find your next good read, complete a school assignment, research or participate in one of their many activities.”
As an addition to the Keystone Complex, the Southwold Township Library will provide long-term community benefits, which include increased library patrons and improved access to services for the entire community.
The new building also includes a community room and public washrooms that will be available for use outside regular hours.
“The new Southwold Township Library, Shedden Branch is a vast improvement from our old facility,” Jones said. “The increased room and the accessibility features will make this facility a centre piece of our community. The new library is joined onto the Keystone complex and it will make this a hub of the community activity now and well into the future.”
The Southwold Township Library is committed to preserving this space and ensuring it remains accessible for many community activities over the course of the year.
Anyone wishing to enquire about using the space for hosting an event is invited to visit the website at www.elgincounty.ca/library/branches/shedden.
Southwold Library Committee chair Cathy Bishop joined in on the grand opening festivities.
“Southwold Township Library, Shedden, encourages innovation in the transfer of knowledge through technology, social networking, and community partnerships such as the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” she said. “On behalf of the Township of Southwold, the Southwold Library Committee and our entire community, I want to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous support of our new library.”