Berwick Library move slated for early 2017

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on January 2, 2017

Barbara Lipp, branch manager of the Berwick Library, hosted a book sale out of the library's temporary location at Wilson's Pharmasave Dec. 17. It is anticipated the library could be relocated to its new home, the new Town of Berwick municipal complex, as early as January 2017.

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BERWICK - 2017 will be a big year for the Berwick Library.

The branch, temporarily based in Wilson's Pharmasave, is scheduled to be relocated to its new permanent home as early as next month. The date depends on the completion of the Town of Berwick's new municipal complex, which will host both the local library branch and Annapolis Valley Regional Library headquarters.

“We plan to open mid-January... if all goes well,” said Barbara Lipp, branch manager of the Berwick Library.

Lipp hosted a book sale fundraiser out of the library's temporary location Dec. 17.

“I like to move books along and help them find new homes,” she said, noting that the proceeds from books sold will be used for the new library.

The group collecting donations for the new library space needs another $20,000 to meet its objectives, Lipp estimated.

The Kings Mutual Insurance Company donated $15,000 toward the creation of a “community living room” space for the library, and several local businesses supported the fundraising efforts to help the project progress.

“We'll have program rooms again. It'll be bigger, it'll be new, it'll be shiny,” said Lipp.

Promotional materials will be prepared to let library users know when the new branch will be open for business. Lipp hopes both regular library users and newcomers will take advantage of the materials and programming at the Berwick branch.

“It's not just books and you don't have to be quiet at the library... it's meant to be a comfortable space,” she said, listing audio books, magazines, technology and community activities as examples.

“The library has a lot to offer.”