Pigeon Lake Library special events coming up

Located in Ma-Me-O Beach, library has much to offer

Pigeon Lake Library (officially known as Lakedell & Area Community Library) started as a community library in Lakedell School.

With the changing times, space, access to the library only in school hours plus strangers in the halls, people asked was it time to move or close? A dedicated group of library supporters decided to find a new home. The first home was a donated trailer in Ma-Me-O Beach that they could use temporarily while money was raised for a permanent home. Lots of fund raising took place and one of the more successful endeavours was the Real Men Read calendar of 2006. Photographer Ron Layzell did all the pictures of the men in their chosen interests and it was a smashing success making the news in Alberta and throughout the country.

The group found a perfect building in Ma-Me-O Beach which had housed a restaurant and bought it. Now came more hard work for this dedicated group of volunteers. The kitchen had to be removed, the whole place cleaned and painted, then shelving and counters built and stocked. Furniture and computers were installed all by this same group and lots of local and government support. The library has been going strong ever since.

We have book clubs, children’s programs, knitter’s group and a great community room that hosts community groups meetings.

Come in and see our donor’s wall, “You’re in our good books,” which has the names of individuals and companies who made contributions to this library. We still are adding names to this wall. As long as we have a library we are still in the fundraising stage. Our annual book sale takes place July 8 at the Village of Pigeon Lake 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when lots of locals and visitors get their summer reading material.

We would like to say “thank you” June 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the library for your support with a 10th anniversary tea at the library.

We are also having a book amnesty and looking for the longest outstanding “loan” of a library book since Lakedell Library (Pigeon Lake Library) started.

This library is a great place to come relax, read a book, pick up your interlibrary loans, find a movie or a CD, explore a new country or just find something new. We would love to see you.

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