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December 5, 2013
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New public library location officially opens in Stratford

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A new location for the Stratford Public Library will be a tremendous benefit to residents and will help promote literacy in the community, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“The new Stratford Public Library is considerably bigger, and the layout of the space drastically improves the experience for library users,” said Minister Henderson. “I sincerely thank Mayor David Dunphy and the Town of Stratford for providing this new space and for making an investment that will benefit the community for years to come.”

The new space is located in the former PEILCC location just off Hopeton Road. The Town of Stratford is leasing the space and paying for utilities. The public library service is providing staff and materials.

“Over the past 10 years, the Stratford library has seen a steady increase in users and programs. Due to this and a call from residents for improvements to the facility, the Town of Stratford evaluated the service and acted on the option of relocation,” stated Mayor Dunphy. “The larger space will allow the Stratford Public Library to continue fostering literacy and acting as a community social gathering site, which are important aspects to meeting resident social needs as we continue to build the best community possible.”

The new space includes a new circulation desk and shelving which were provided by the Town of Stratford; computer work stations provided by the Friends of the Stratford Public Library; and a children’s space that includes a new computer work station, activity table, reading mat and chairs which was all donated by the Rotary Club of Stratford. There is also a new programming room.

The public library service operates 26 library locations across Prince Edward Island. Its goal is to promote literacy and foster a life-long love of reading.

Media Contact: Andrew Sprague
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