Help Bring a Library Branch to Hunt ClubDec 15, 2020 - By Christine Johnson
Some good news: Our return box and hold lockers are now accessible once again at our Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre, with the following updated hours:
- Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM to 8 PM
- Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
This means that you can return any of your Ottawa Public Library borrowed materials here in our community, as well as pick up items that you have reserved and for which you have designated ‘Hunt Club Lockers’ as your pickup point.
Remember to bring …
- a mobile phone with you to call the number posted on the main door of the community centre for someone to open the door to receive your returning items or to allow you access to pick up your new items from a locker;
- a protective mask as per Ottawa Public Health regulations for public spaces; and
- your library card to scan it in order to retrieve your held items.
Now … Imagine being able to walk to an actual library that would be as near as our community centre or our Hunt Club Centre (where the Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart are) – where you could:
- drop off your books or pick-up reserved materials
- sit down in a designated quiet space to read a book, a magazine or a selection of newspapers online or as hard copies
- have rooms available for:
- various discussion groups (ie, Canadian or world politics, arts, genealogy, community issues) or for ‘Storytime’ for toddlers,
- for homework clubs, and so much more!
- Have a place for culture and arts to flourish – this would change our community in such a positive way for the children, young families, youth, adults and seniors of all walks of life among us.
If you can picture the above features and would like to see improved library services in our community, please send an email letter expressing how you feel this would add value to our community to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (that’s me, Christine Johnson) and I will then be in touch with you for ‘next steps’.
Please provide your name and street in Hunt Club where you live, then explain how a small library branch within walking distance from your home would contribute to you, your family and our community. Many voices with the same message become quite loud and together we can make a difference in achieving our dream of having our own little library branch! If you would like more information or need help with your letter writing, please email me:
Chair, HCCA Library Services Committee