Lieutenant-Governor to officially open aboriginal library in Old Massett

  • Oct. 17, 2013 7:00 a.m.

submitted by Beng Favreau–The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia will be coming to our island on Oct. 21 to officially open the Aboriginal Library in Old Massett. Everyone is welcome to the opening, which starts at 9 am. This will be Her Honour Judith Guichon’s first visit to Haida Gwaii. The library for Old Massett was a concept developed by Literacy Haida Gwaii about three years ago. The literacy society spent a year advocating for the concept and eventually managed to secure a huge sponsorship worth about $60,000 through the Government House’s “Write to Read” project. The “Write to Read” project was the original initiative of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Steven Point. Partners for this library project include Rotary Club of District 5040, Government House Foundation, Britco, Literacy Haida Gwaii, BC Ferries, Vancouver Island Regional Library and London Drugs. Britco’s contribution towards this project was the donation of one of its modular buildings used as commentator booths for the international media during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Britco has repurposed these buildings and converted them into community library facilities. The library is now part of an extension to the existing di tuulang Family Centre in Old Massett. BC Ferries has kindly shipped the modular building up to Haida Gwaii at no charge; Rotary Club Langley donated $5,000 for the purchase of books and resources for the library; Vancouver Island Regional Library will help train volunteers on the management of the library database system; London Drugs donated two top notch computers and Literacy Haida Gwaii added another $2,000 donation in books. Having an aboriginal library in Old Massett is integral to promoting literacy and encouraging a love of learning. Besides housing books, the desire is to eventually expand the library collection to include digital resources and use the library to run family literacy programs and workshops. The library welcomes donation of new books, lounge chairs and child-sized floor cushions. If you would like to make a donation, please contact either Beng at 250-559-8398 or Florence at 250-626-5110.