Sunday, April 25, 2010

Grand Opening of the ONE Change Library



Saint John-Portland MLA Trevor Holder was a guest at the Grand Opening of the ONE Change Library.

This event was hosted by Tammy Calvin, a ONE Change Board Member and volunteer, and supported by Quality Learning New Brunswick coordinator Cheryl Brown.



The opening, held on April 21 to mark New Brunswick Literacy Day, took place at the ONE Change building in Saint John's Old North End. About 25 residents and supporters were in attendance.



Events included a ribbon cutting and the cutting of a celebration cake.



As well, the Arbeaus, local residents, made a donation of books to the library.



And, of course, there was lots of borrowing.


Our involvement with ONE Change began in 2009, when we ran our first Quality Storytents program in this neighbourhood. At Summer’s end, residents were telling us they wanted to continue borrowing books for their families, which led us into discussions with Tammy about what a neighbourhood library might look like. Tammy put books up on a shelf that November, and the borrowing began right away. We were pleased to help with the purchase of more book shelves and books for children and youth.




This project has received additional support from the Greater Saint John Community Foundation and the Department of Social Development.




Monday, April 19, 2010

Grand Opening of Anglin Drive Lending Library



The grand opening of the Anglin Drive Lending Library happened on April 17th, in celebration of the up-coming New Brunswick Literacy Day.

The event was hosted by librarian Charlene Good, library founder and member of the Anglin Drive Tenants Association, Kelly Kelly, President of the Anglin Drive Tenant's Association, and community volunteers Roxanne Locke and Brenda Buckley.

Guests attending included Debbie McLeod, Community Liaison for the Department of Social Development, Cheryl Robertson, board chair of the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, a library sponsor, and our own Wendell Dryden, Community Literacy Worker.


Our involvement with this library grew out of the Quality Storytents program. One afternoon, at an Anglin Drive storytent, Charlene said to us, "I want a library at our community centre. I've been collecting books. Romero House has donated a lot. But I need shelves. I just don't think I can do it myself."

That was a pretty clear invitation for us to work with the Tenant's Association and some other local groups and individuals to get something started. By the Fall of 2009, the Greater Saint John Community Foundation and the N.B. Department of Social Development committed to giving us financial support for helping three north end communities organize a small community library.

Besides helping with the purchase of book shelves and books for children and adults, QLNB provided information on libraries and different types of catalogue and borrowing systems. We also worked hard to help community staff and volunteers believe in their own ability to manage their library.

The grand opening began at 1 o'clock, and the library stayed open that Saturday until 4 o'clock. Regular after-school library hours began the next week.


From left, Debbie McLeod, Community Liaison for the Department of Social Development, Cheryl Robertson, board chair of the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, Wendell Dryden, Community Literacy Worker/Quality Learning New Brunswick, Charlene Good, Library Founder and member of the Anglin Drive Tenants Association, Roxanne Locke, volunteer, Kelly Kelly (in the back), president, Anglin Drive Tenant's Association, and Brenda Buckley, volunteer at the library. Photo Credit: Matthew Sherwood/Telegraph-Journal newspaper.