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Greely branch ready for reading

Children Reading on Bench Bronze Statue

EMC News - Greely Library Branch officially opens

It was a happy day in Greely as local politicians were joined by City of Ottawa Public Library staff, members of the media and many book lovers during the official opening of the new Greely Library Branch.

Open, bright, and very airy, the new library is a much brighter and larger than the former 946 square foot facility in the former Township of Osgoode Fire Hall on Parkway Road.

Now located adjacent to the Greely Community Centre, the new state-of-the-art library branch boasts 3,000 square feet, including self-serve technology, a meeting room, and a children's programming area.

Thanks to a joint investment from all three levels of government, guests were joined by federal, provincial and municipal government representatives to celebrate the occasion.

The total cost for the project was $1.2 million, and under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the governments of Canada and Ontario each contributed approximately $400,000 toward the new library, with the City of Ottawa contributing the remaining costs.

"Libraries are without a doubt, the focal point of small towns and villages," said Osgoode Ward councilor Doug Thompson. "For two decades, residents and politicians have seen the need for a new library branch in this village. Without the dedicated public officials and the Ottawa Public Library Board, we would not be at this outstanding event today. For generations to come, residents of all ages in our community will savour the work that has been done on this marvelous building."

Federal Infrastructure Funding Program, the dedicated efforts of Library Board Chair councilor Jan Harder, the previous Ottawa council, the provincial Liberal government, and turned out

"This would not have been possible without amalgamation," joked City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

"This branch will be a great resource for residents of Greely and the surrounding community.

"Libraries are an important place where residents can gather and learn about each other and the world. We are proud to work with our Federal and Provincial partners to deliver this new library branch in this flourishing part of the city."

"Libraries help shape our cities and our neighbourhoods by promoting learning, research, reading and community building," said Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievere. "Our government's investment in this beautiful new building will enable the Ottawa Public Library to more easily serve the growing community of Greely through its numerous programs, activities, and resources."

Coun. Doug Thompson dedicated a bronze sculpture at the exterior entrance of the branch, entitled Lending a helping hand. The piece of art, a gift from the councilor, is part of the Randolph Rose Collection.

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