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October 27, 2016: Rosemount Library; A lifelong habit.

October 27, 2016: Rosemount Library;
A lifelong habit.

By Blaine Marchand, R.E.A.D.

Rosemount Library is vital to our community. Many users speak of frequent visits during their school days, making it clear its proximity to schools is critical. Connaught and St-François schools are a hop, skip and a jump away, while Devonshire, Fisher and Elmdale are a longer jump. Hilson, St. George, Churchill, Broadview, Nepean and St. Anthony may be a bit of a dash, yet these students are there too seeking help with school assignments, searching on-line information or hunting for something to read or view.

In his November 2015 blog posting (www.kitchissippimuseum.blogspot.com), David Allston wrote about the connection of Rosemount library and the school system. In 1910, the Chair of the Carnegie Library Board, Dr. Otto Julius Klotz, advocated for branch libraries to serve citizens outside downtown Ottawa. In June of that year, agreement was reached with the public school board of Ottawa to create small branch libraries inside schools on Bronson, Crichton, Evelyn and Rosemount. The first branch library was at Crichton Street Public School in September. The following month a petition was circulated around Hintonburg and submitted to the library board at their meeting on October 26th. Rosemount, initially housed in Connaught Public School, was an immediate success.

Speaking to Rosemount users today, it is clear how early library experiences begin a lifelong habit. Ian McMaster recounts immigrating from England and moving onto Foster Street: “Rosemount was a mere 300 yards from us, and became a delicious smorgasbord on which I could gorge my appetite for escape, almost without limit.”

For the young children of Paulette Dozois of Irving Avenue, the library was welcoming and fun. But she tells of a disadvantaged family who had moved into a small apartment on the street. The father, busy making ends meet, could not take his kids to the library so she and other neighbours helped out. The librarian provided cards even though the father was not able to provide the requisite signatures. The weekly visits became a highlight for the children. Their father, who had never been read to, nor had never visited a library, became a regular user.

The three children in the Van Staalduinen-Rule family on Daniel Avenue visit frequently. Eleven-year old Rachel says: “I like Rosemount Library because the librarians and volunteers are always glad to help me find a book or a movie or anything that I am looking for.” Her nine-year old brother, Eliot, has words of praise “Your bookshelves are placed smartly! You take our holds so we can find books that aren’t on the shelves! And you are friendly to us!” while six-year old Archer adds: “I like the iPads. I like the book about Werewolf Attack.”

Similar thoughts were expressed by the children of the Magnusson-Gillespie family of Ross Avenue. “I like to get books and read books,” tells Camryn, age 8; “I like it because we can go whenever we want and there are so many good books. It’s fun,” imparts Avery, age 8; and “There are always lots of new books. You don’t have to buy the books, you can get them and read them for free,” advises Marley, age 11.

Visiting the library as children remains with us. As Kitchissippi non-fiction writer, Jennifer Kingsley of Warren Avenue, points out: “Growing up with a library within walking distance helped me to become a community member, not to mention a courageous reader. Rosemount is much more than a building full of books.”

October marks Canadian Library Month, a celebration of the cherished role libraries play in the lives of all Canadians.

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  1. Rosemount Library: A Lifelong Habit | READ

    October 29, 2016 @ 9:27 am

    […] Oct. 27, 2016. Blaine Marchand. Newswest. Rosemount Library is vital to our community. To celebrate Canadian Library Month, Ian McMasters, the Paulette Dozois family, the Van Staalduinen-Rule family, the Magunusson-Gillespie family and Jennifer Kingsley all share how the Rosemount library has helped shape, influence and support their lives. For the full article click here. […]

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