Martin C. Barry
Following renovations over the last few weeks at the Rosemère public library, on Saturday Nov. 23 elected officials were joined by a few dozen enthusiastic parents and kids as the town inaugurated a refreshed children’s section at the library.
For the occasion, and much to the delight of the children, there was a magician and a candy bar. Brighter, more spacious and more modern, the new facilities have been redesigned to create an inviting environment for young people.
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Just for kids
“Children are given a special place in Rosemère,” said Mayor Eric Westram who presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony which was attended by five of the six town councillors.
As part of a provincial Child-Friendly Municipality encouraging support for children’s services, “the town wants to increase initiatives such as this one to help young people thrive,” added Westram.
“Their education begins at home, of course, and at school, but also at their library. With this renovation work, we wanted to be sure that children could be proud of their library and that they would be able to come here as often as possible.
“I hope that all the children here today are as proud as I am of your new youth section,” added the mayor. “I hope you will be able to take fully advantage of it and I hope you will enjoy it.”
Earlier on the same morning also at the library, the mayor and councillors paid tribute to young Rosemère athlete Melina Giorgi.
Honoring an athlete
She distinguished herself on the national scene with her teammates from the Performance Synchro synchronized swimming club, when she won the Canadian gold medal in the 13-15 combo event at the SYNC competition held in Gatineau, July 17-20 of this year.
At the close of the two events, the town took the opportunity to announce the winner of the Ride, walk, run, the library’s fun! Program. Florine Lescut won a $500 gift card awarded jointly by Sports Experts Rosemère ($250) and the Town of Rosemère ($250). The gift cards were presented by Sports Experts Rosemère store manager Sébastien Vanier.
A healthy initiative
Once again, the initiative – which aimed to raise awareness of the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles, while including this with their visit to the library – proved to be very popular.
In fact, the Ride, walk, run, the library’s fun! program will be back again in 2020 for its third year. The program is very simple: residents who visit the library are given a loyalty card, which is stamped by an employee at the circulation desk each time they ride, walk or run to the library.