The former St. Paul and St. Andrew United Church space has been fully re-purposed to fit the needs of its new tenant, its staff and clients.
Annapolis Valley Regional Library chief executive officer Ann-Marie Mathieu said Oct. 3 that the library, which has been located in the basement of the former church property, would be closed Oct. 16-18 to facilitate the move.
“We'll spend those three days picking up materials, getting books on shelves and setting up computers, then open in the new space Oct. 19,” Mathieu said. “Our fingers are crossed that all goes well.”
The Kentville library moved in August 2016 from its former location on Cornwallis Street, which has since been demolished. It has operated since that time in temporary quarters while the former church sanctuary was being renovated for its new purpose.
The renovation was challenging at times, “as most renovations usually are,” Mathieu adds, but the biggest challenge was due to a positive rather than a negative.
According to AVRL community engagement co-ordinator Angela Reynolds, “the (renovation) project became more complex when the Friends of the Kentville Library group were able to raise $100,000 through their 'This Place Matters' campaign.”
As a result, Reynolds said, “there was more money available, which meant the scale of the project was able to be increased.”
That enabled some of the fine details of the space to be developed in a different way, Mathieu said.
The new space will include “a proper meeting and program room,” Mathieu said, which was not previously available. This will allow space for Storytime and other library programs, “and will also be available to the public, groups and organizations to rent.”
It will also allow for youth games and after-school activities, Reynolds added, or as a study or meeting space as well.
The Kentville library would be holding an official grand opening on Nov. 25, featuring a special celebration organized by the Friends of the Kentville Library group.
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The library hours will remain the same after Oct. 19 with one exception – on Tuesdays, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., a change from the current 2-8 p.m. According to Reynolds, this change in hours was made as the result of a public consultation in March 2016.
The other opening hours will not change – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. The library is not open on Sundays.
Go online: For information on library programs and other news, visit the Kentville library website at www.valleylibrary.ca/branch/