There was lots to do! We got busy and after a few days of sorting, scanning, adjusting, wiring, organizing and cleaning, the library was ready for its grand re-opening.
I was relieved and happy to see that guests were arriving in droves! The weather cooperated with a warm day which was very lucky because the grass had only just begun to grow. Rain would have made the yard a muddy mess.
There were lovely, warm speeches given by dignitaries and friends,
then the official ribbon-cutting took place.
Over 100 people filed through the library. The MPs even stopped for a few moments to enjoy one of our new books.
There were lots of delighted oohs and ahhs, but the most amazed comments were saved for the addition. After 91 years of no plumbing, you can imagine how good it is to have a washroom!
And how wonderful is it to be accessible by wheelchair, scooter or stroller, or anytime you have your arms full of books!
We're also very happy to have heritage designation. We have a lovely, new plaque beside our beautiful new front door.
It was a perfect afternoon. There were happy conversations, shared memories, lots of laughter, and cake, too. I wondered, though, would anyone show up the next evening for our first official day of regular hours?
I didn't need to worry. My regulars returned!
It was like a family reunion!
My heart is full of gratitude to the women who started library service in Glanworth in 1912 and kept it going through the decades...
...and extends to all those who helped make this renovation a reality. I have adored this little library and the rural community from the first time I set foot in it. I'm so very happy that it is now all set to be around for another 100 years.
After all, I don't think that our love of books will ever die.
All the best,