Williamsburg Little Library
We are excited to be in partnership with Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence to bring a Little Library to the Williamsburg community! It is a little bit different than other Little Library’s you see in the neighbourhood outside. This Little Library is inside the cozy room inside of the Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence and is open to the public and residents of the building to enjoy at certain times during the week. It will also be used for fabulous Reading Budding programs between seniors and kindergarten children from the local schools.
Current Hours of the Library
Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday’s 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
** Please sign in at the front desk as you enter and they will direct you to the Library.**
Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence
Thank you to Marianne Paul, local author, for writing and presenting this lovely dedication for our Little Library Opening Ceremony! Kelly Galloway-Sealock and Frank Prospero (Williamsburg Community Association Vice President) were also there to help us celebrate. We had some little readers that enjoyed the kids section as well.
Marianne Paul’s Dedication to the Williamsburg Little Library
I am so delighted to be here. What a celebration, what a happy occasion, the dedication and opening of this Little Library. Granted, we live in turbulent times. A question that you hear often these days is what can the average person do to effect positive change, and my answer to that is, look around. This Little Library is a perfect example. It is the small acts in life that have the potential to change the world. I’ve been told that this space will also be used to team up kindergarten little ones with bigger wiser more experienced Seniors to read storybooks together. That single act, who knows how that will change a child’s life. How that will inspire them, and in turn, what effect that will have on their future, and even the future of the world. Big waves of change and goodness start as little ripples. We all know the importance of books and stories. There have been a lot of doomsday predictions about the death of the print book. Well, that hasn’t happen. Bookstores are booming. People are reading with their devices and using hard copy books. Did you know that print books are preferred by millennials, who grew up with devices and the internet, not just preferred by older adults, who have had to adapt to the internet and all it brings? Print books are popular because of deep reading. You can focus and get into a book, and not have your thinking disturbed by pings, and texts, and phone calls, and Facebook postings, and tweets, and all those things. And a print book doesn’t run out of batteries and need to be plugged in. Real books, print books, are a refuge, a safe haven – may this Little Library be the same to many. I’ll end with my own little statement of rebellion in these turbulent times.
Long live the print book! Long live libraries!
– Marianne Paul
here i am! – www.mariannepaul.com
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