The East London Library

Library space is community place


Walking into East London library, I felt that familiar welcoming feeling. It was clear that everyone is welcome there. There is definitely a strong sense of community at East London library. I interviewed Heather, supervisor for the East London Library and Donovan, Children's librarian for East London library. This is what they had to say about the library and the Argyle community.

Q: How long have you been in the Argyle area?

A: Heather- 6 years

A: Donovan- More than 10 years

Q: Why did you decide to set up shop in Argyle?

A: Heather- I was looking for an interesting neighbourhood to work in

A: Donovan- I started working here part time and loved it

Q: Why did you decide to take part in the Passport to Argyle program?

A: We are an important part of the community and currently have our own passport program going on.

Q: What does Argyle mean to you?

A: Heather- It's a home away from home. The people are like family

A: Donovan- Hardworking, decent people

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about East London library?

A: The library opened in 2005, it relocated from the plaza across the street. The building that is now the library used to be a white rose building. The YMCA is a joining partner with the library.

Q: What is your mission here at East London library?

A: To be a big part of the community and to develop and maintain literacy in the community.

Q: Do you hold any special events at the library?

A: Yes, regularly. August 14th is our next event. It'll be a carnival for our summer reading program.

Q: Do you find the Argyle community members engaged in the library?

A: Yes, the library is a very central place in the community. With all the programs we have at the library we see many members of the community.

Q: Do you stock books that are of particular interest to the Argyle community? (Ex: history of Argyle)

A: We stock local history books but, there is a group who meets here called Argyle memories and they are working on creating a history of Argyle book.

Q: Do you find the youth of the community use the library?

A; Yes, we see many youth here at the library.

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Celina Lamont