|MONTREAL WEST AND ELIZABETH BALLANYTINE SCHOOL TO RELAUNCH THEIR CHILDREN’S LIBRARY|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 5, 2015- To mark the conclusion of National Media Literacy Week, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, November 6 (3:45 p.m.) for the the newly renovated Montreal West Children’s Library at Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School (314 Northview Avenue).
“The library is unique, in that it is shared by the Elizabeth Ballantyne School and the Town of Montreal West and the support for libraries and literacy in the community is incredible,” says Head Librarian Julia Stark.
A Capital Campaign raised over $100,000 towards the total investment of $420,000. An anonymous donor agreed to match donations up to $50,000. The Town of Montreal West, charitable donations and the local rotary club also stepped forward. Floor renovations were undertaken by the English Montreal School Board, with the help of a grant from Quebec’s Ministry of Education.
Renovations took place over the summer and just recently concluded. Besides colourful vinyl flooring, there is now a custom-designed circulation desk relocated next to the main entrance, new shelving units, upgraded lighting and air conditioning systems, a fresh coat of paint, new seating and a “reading tree” made of durable, safe materials.
Michael J. Cohen