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Lake Cowichan opens the book on a new library

Five smiling faces and five shiny spades turned the soil at the official ground breaking ceremony, on Jan. 30 in Lake Cowichan. From left: CVRD Director and VIRL trustee Mel Dorey, Rosemary Bonanno, executive director, VIRL, town councillor and VIRL trustee Bob Day, Mayor Ross Forrest, and Paul Hammond, architect with Chow Low Hammond. -
Five smiling faces and five shiny spades turned the soil at the official ground breaking ceremony, on Jan. 30 in Lake Cowichan. From left: CVRD Director and VIRL trustee Mel Dorey, Rosemary Bonanno, executive director, VIRL, town councillor and VIRL trustee Bob Day, Mayor Ross Forrest, and Paul Hammond, architect with Chow Low Hammond.
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Work has begun on a new Lake Cowichan library, near the corner of South Shore Rd. and Renfrew Ave.

“We are very excited that the work has begun,”  said  Vancouver Island Regional Library board chair Ronna-Rae Leonard. “Thank you to the Town of Lake Cowichan who donated the land.”

“It indeed gives us great pleasure to see that work,” said Mayor Ross Forrest.

The library is a key part of a revitalization plan that also includes the town square and improvements to South Shore and Cowichan Lake Roads.”

Lake Cowichan Councillor and Vancouver Island Regional Library trustee Bob Day says the donation of land by the town has allowed VIRL to focus their budget on the quality of the building and the landscaping.

“When completed, this project will be the centre piece of a gathering place for everyone,” he said.

Also on hand for the ceremony was  library circulation manager Penny Leach, who said construction has brightened a dull winter.

Diana Hutton, library assistant at the current library, says she and many of their customers are excited to see the new library get started as well.

Cowichan library branch manager Melanie Reaveley said the lake’s new library is being built to suit the people who will be using the service. Because of that, there will be a much larger children’s area in the new facility to serve the young families in the area.

The new library will be more than twice as big as the current facility and will include more public access computers, a laptop bar, comfortable lounge seating, study space, new children’s literacy computer stations and a designated area for children’s programs.

It is expected to open in the fall of this year.

— Lake Cowichan Gazette

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