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Randolph Rose Statue seen at the New Greely Library

Library enthusiasts have been enjoying the brand new Greely Library for two months.  On Monday, June 13, over 100 guests were in attendance to hear remarks from Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Public Library Chair, Jan Harder, MP Pierre Poilievre, MPP Yasir Naqvi, Library Staff and myself about this incredible new facility.

The building is fully accessible and includes self-serve technology, a meeting room and space for children’s programming.  At 3,000 square feet, the new branch enables OPL to increase library service to Greely, the fastest growing rural village in the City of Ottawa and one of the fastest growing in Ontario.  A new shared entrance for both buildings was provided, joining the Community Centre and the Library.  At the back of the new library there is a beautiful, outdoor reading garden.  All three levels of government provided $1.2 million for the new Greely branch.

The bronze sculpture at the exterior entrance to the branch is entitled Lending a Helping Hand.   The piece of art, a gift from Councillor Doug Thompson, is part of the Randolph Rose Collection.

It is the third of five sculptures being installed in our libraries.  The first two are in place outside the Carp and Rockcliffe Park branches.

The previous community branch, a 946-square-foot facility in the former Township of Osgoode Fire Hall, was established by Greely residents in 1979.  Its last day of operation was Saturday, March 5, 2011.

Courtesy of Doug Thompson Osgoode Ward 20