The Waterford branch of the Norfolk County Public Library is celebrating 30 years at its current location.
A crowd of well-wishers gathered Sept. 21 to mark the milestone, and to look toward the future. The celebration marked the beginning of plans to renovate the branch in 2022.
Many of the attendees had been involved with the planning process of the current building 30 years ago. Former staff members and board members had stories to share about the first renovation, moving the books into the new building, and the way that libraries have changed.
“Libraries have changed so much in the last 30 years,” NCPL CEO Heather King said in a press release. “When the current building was planned, there was no space for technology. When we redo in 2022, we’re going to have more space for technology. Books are still a major part of our identity, but we want the community to know that we’re more than books.”
MPP Toby Barrett and Norfolk Councillor Ian Rabbits were present, and spoke about how important libraries are to the community, both as sources of information and as inclusive spaces where all are welcome.
A cake cutting was held to celebrate the branch’s anniversary, and Denis Paquette of Wilson Masonic Lodge No. 113 did the honours. It was the masons who laid the cornerstone 30 years ago at the front entrance.
To conclude the ceremony, Waterford author Roselle Lim read a selection from her new book, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune.
“There has been a lot of change in the last 30 years, but one thing has remained constant at the library is that it is a space where all are welcome, and it is always growing,“ said the press release.