Submitted by Isla Carmichael
Launched late last year, the Friends of the Lion’s Head Library has continued to expand. We welcome Brenda Langlois as the new Secretary of the Friends joining Donna Hambleton, Chair and Isla Carmichael, Treasurer. Our membership is growing. Donations to the library now fund the Lion’s Head library programs since we have a Friends of the Library.
Recently, we received financial support from the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula to the tune of $1000 in community funding. With this money, the library will be able to provide more hands-on programs for young children, like seeing how plants grow and the part that reptiles, raptors and birds play in our environment. Thanks go to Mayor Milt McIver and the Council of Northern Bruce Peninsula for supporting the Friends of the Lion’s Head library.
Our next project is the Homecoming Book Sale on August 3rd from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the library. Books will be sold for donations. Please donate books for this summer sale and drop them off at the library anytime it’s open. Make a note of the date!
Our last note is a sad one. The Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) has had to cut its services severely as a result of provincial government budgetary cutbacks. SOLS has transported books to rural communities from all across Southern Ontario. This serious cutback in funding means that members of the Lion’s Head library (and members of other libraries in the Bruce Peninsula) only have access to books in the Bruce County Library services, effective immediately. In the past, many of us have depended on reading books available only from larger libraries outside Bruce County. Many note that this cutback has a particularly adverse effect on smaller rural libraries with fewer books and resources. Rural libraries across Southern Ontario are protesting these cuts.