Timeline of the Magnetawan Public Library

Before the library was established as a Union Library, the collection was housed in variety of locations. First in Hazel Chamberlain’s Bake Shop which became in later years the “Banbury Cross”. Books were provided by the Algonquin Regional Library out of Parry Sound with the assistance of Ray Smith and community member Gwen Dickie. Gwen then enlisted a group of eager volunteers: Mary Putman, Marj Fraser, Ruth Raaflaub, Pete Wurm, Jean Lorusso, Christine Raaflaub, Marilyn Raaflaub, Ruth Fraser, and others. The library was relocated to the Seniors Building shortly after it was built. Volunteers continued to operate the library until the Community Centre was built in 1982. The library became a Union Public Library and received provincial funding. Shelly Shell was the first librarian that was hired.


1982

Provincial funding begins

Tws. Chapman, Twn. Magnetawan Croft & Spence represented by School Board

A per house hold grant was established Wintario Grant provided for library space in the new Community Centre


1988

Lisa Gillette hired as CEO/ Librarian


1990

Redesigned interior of Library to accommodate an office space with first computer.

First Internet hook-up.

Special Children’s programs provided by OLS North.

Purchased Children’s reading loft from Bear Chair.

First approached to council for Municipal funding.


1991

Began receiving Municipal funding


1992

Worked with local libraries on an interlibrary exchange.

Borrowed Videos and talking books from Interlibrary Loan by phone .

Books were not ordered through interlibrary loan because it required a Microfisch reader.


1994

Began using an Internet designed data base for Interlibrary Loan, but orderes were competed by phone or fax


1996

Began research into a Community Access project.

Provincial funding reduced by 40 %


1998

Amalgamation of Townships


1998

Creation of CAP site

Received Federal Grant for CAP site, Along with Library in kind funding, a municipal grant, and a grant from OLS North.

Received grant for youth worker from Industry Canada


1999

Received additional HRDC grants for Internet and Computers


2000

Received additional sustainability grant from Ministry of Culture for $4,000.00


2001

Creation of the Parry Sound Area Access Network

Received Connectivity funding


2002-2003

Continued to received Sustainibility Grants, Grants for youth workers, municipal and provincial funding.

Recieved trillium Grant, used to upgrade circulation computer and software.


2005

Upgraded to Highspeed DSL connection


2007

Lisa Gillette retired in December.

Erin Phillips hired as Head Librarian


2009

Erin Phillips moved to Nova Scotia

Bonnie Davidson hired as Head Librarian


2011

Facilities Renovated

New Website designed for the library


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