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Emo Public Library celebrates automation

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The Emo Public Library officially celebrated its new automated loan system as part of this year’s Ontario Public Library Week festivities.

On hand for the celebrations was Ontario NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton, representatives from Chapple and La Vallee townships, “Angel the Clown,” and several community residents.

Gord Woollard, a long-time supporter of the Emo Public Library, gave a short speech, which included a brief history of the library from its early days as a small, one-room building to the present one with its modern and up-to-date loan system.

He also thanked the staff and supporters from “Friends of the Library,” who have spent countless hours raising funds to improve the library.

With possible financial cutbacks from the Ontario government, fundraising may become even more important for the Emo Public Library in the near future. If you’d like to get involved with the support group, or donate money to library, contact the staff during regular library hours.

Woollard then was invited to cut the official ribbon before passing out pieces of cake to those on hand.

While everyone enjoyed the cake, tea, and coffee, “Angel the Clown” made balloon animals for the children and anyone else who wanted to take one home.

Around the table in one corner, several long-time residents enjoyed looking at photos and reminiscing about how their local library has changed and grown over the years.

According to the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, a strong library system is the cornerstone of a strong community. Ontario Public Library Week recognizes the important contribution Ontario’s public libraries make to education, literacy, and life-long learning in communities across the province.

There presently are more than 1,100 libraries scattered across the province, and users make over 66 million visits to the libraries every year.

Virtually every library in Ontario, besides their usual services, also provides access to electronic information through the Internet.

Part of the Emo Public Library’s new automated system is the community’s ability to access the library from their computer at home.

To locate books for projects or to check out the new list of fiction books, users simply have to go to http://www.jasinorth.ca/, click on Emo, and then submit their request.

Emo and the surrounding communities are extremely fortunate to have such a fantastic up-to-date library.

If you have yet done so, you’re invited to visit the library, ask for a new automated loan card, and check out the services the Emo Public Library has to offer.

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