Coming on the heels of the $1.5 million raised by district residents for the purchase of a CT Scanner at La Verendrye Hospital here, those now spearheading the drive to come up with $750,000 locally for a new Fort Frances Public Library certainly face a challenge.
But that’s not to say the “Building for the Future” project isn’t an equally worthwhile cause.
First and foremost, the old library at the corner of Church Street and Victoria Avenue simply doesn’t cut it anymore, particularly in terms of being accessible to those with physical disabilities.
The new 17,000 sq. ft. library, on the other hand, will be one level, along with accessible washrooms, lower shelves for easier access to books, and wider aisles.
Secondly, it will feature the latest innovations in technology, including more space for computers, wireless access, and a computer room equipped for classroom instruction.
And finally, the site for the new library (at the corner of Reid Avenue and Second Street East) is centrally-located, with ample space for parking as well as an outdoor reading garden.
The province clearly believes Fort Frances needs a new library—last month allocating $1.6 million towards the $3.8-million project. But while further grants are expected from other sources to help cover the cost, what’s needed now is financial support from local residents, businesses, and service clubs.
That can start this Friday (March 23) when the “Building for the Future” drive officially kicks off with a ribbon-cutting at the new site at noon, followed by a mix-and-mingle from 4-6 p.m. at the current library. You can drop by to make a pledge or call the pledge line at 274-9879.
The library isn’t just a building, it’s an important part of the infrastructure of Fort Frances that contributes to the quality of life here. It, too, deserves our full support.