Petawawa's Union Library
Proves To Be Successful
PETAWAWA-The Village and
Township Union Library located at
the Civic Centre here, is nearing its
second year of operation since its
official opening May, 1975 and has
grown since that time.
The library, which was established
under an agreement of both councils,
started out with a total volume of
3,300 books and now has over a
collection of 5,600.
Membership has also expanded
since its opening. At the end of its first
year in operation, up to 1,200 signed
as members. Todate over 2,000 have
Dr. Kris Morgenstern, the present
board chairman, said the location for
the library is excellent because it is
situated in the centre of recreation
which attracts many people. Upon
visiting the complex for sports, many
drop into the library (because it is right
there) and become interested in what it
has to offer.
He explained that if the library had
not been a branch of the Civic Centre,
but located elsewhere by itself, there
could be the possibility many people
would not be exposed to its
The library is mainly financed
through an annual grant from the
Ontario Ministry of Culture and
Recreation. The grant is based on the
population of the two municipalities.
It amounts to about $15,000 annually.
Wintario grants have also helped
and the library thus far has received
two amounting to $2,600.
"These go into special acquisitions
of Canadian books and records," Dr.
Because of the gradual growth of
the library there is a requirement for
specialized help, Mr. Morgenstern
noted. The library is at present
provided with two experienced
part-time librarians and over 20
volunteer workers, but due to
classification work requiring more
time, additional help is needed he said.
Dr. Morgenstern credits the
volunteer workers for a very important
role in the operation of the library as
well as the librarians who put much
time and effort into their work. The
librarians are Pat Pollard and Joan
With the growth of the library
taking effect and the increase in
expenditures, Dr. Morgenstern said
the board will seek extra assistance
from both councils once the new
budget is brought down.
In addition to regular books, there is
a large collection of pamphlets on
government affairs, job opportunities
and magazines. The library also has a
collection of 500 long playing records.
"But we need expansion here", Dr.
Morgenstern noted, "because the
demand is high and there are certain
categories that need development."
The library is now equipped with
projectors, video tapes, TV and
recorder. Films though, are provided
by the Pembroke Library through the
Eastern Ontario Library System.
The library system also provides
cultural programs such as folk singers
making visits, craft displays, paintings
and eskimo art. It also assists training
for the staff and board members as
well as advise on government
Special programs include films for
children on Saturdays with more
being presented in the summer, and
local art and craft exhibits. Crafts have
been supplied by Sofia Halowinia and
paintings by the late Mrs. M. Childs,
Anotoniette Logan and Murray
Dr. Morgenstern, a research
scientist with the environment Canada
Forestry Service, is also a member of
the library committee at the Petawawa
Forestry Station. He became chairman
of the Petawawa Union Library Board
after the resignation of the first board
chairman Dr. Doug Pollard.
Board members are appointed by
both councils for a term of three years.
The first board members of the
library consisted of Dr. Pollard as
chairman, Mrs. Penny Hill, (who has
resigned) treasurer and Dr.
Morgenstern. These people
represented the village. For the
township were Mrs. Ada Saba, John
Classey and Eileen Robinson.
The present members are Dr.
Morgenstern who is now chairman,
Lynn LeMay and Mr. Classey (who
has since moved to the village). These
members represent the village. For the
township Don Kettner, Mrs. Ada
Saba, treasurer and Betty Aim on, are
on the board.