Lending library opens to the public

PALMER RAPIDS– At the regularly scheduled Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan (BLR) Township Meeting held on March 6  at the Palmer Rapids Township Office, the new lending library was officially revealed to council and community members along with making plans for a public fire department meeting.

Karen Filipkowski, Librarian at the Barry’s Bay Public Library came to the meeting to officially introduce a new addition to the recently renovated township office space, a bookshelf with books to borrow.

Filipkowski said a few months before the renovations at the township office were completed the library board had been discussing ways to increase services to Palmer Rapids and area in addition to already waiving the library membership fee.

The shelf of books is based on the book tree idea, which is currently in Killaloe. Patrons can borrow a book and/or donate a book at any time during municipal office hours.

Filipkowski thanked council for making the space available for the lending library in the township office for local BLR residents to access.

“The book case makes books a little more accessible to people who don’t always have the option to drive,” Filipkowski said.

A community volunteer will organize and oversee the lending library, which will likely be expanded in the upcoming months with more shelving and books available to borrow.

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