Mount Royal, September 13, 2013 – Although the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library reopened to the public in April, it was only on September 12 that its new wing and renovated spaces were officially inaugurated. The ceremony took place in the presence of mayor Philippe Roy, Town councillors and a number of distinguished guests, including Mount Royal MNA Pierre Arcand and Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques MNA Daniel Breton, representing Culture and Communications minister Maka Kotto, who was unable to attend.
The mood was celebratory as befitted a ceremony that marked the successful completion of a major project to construct an entirely new wing, notable for its contemporary architecture, and renovate and upgrade the existing structure, which dates from 1967. It was the latter part of the project that the Culture and Communications Department helped fund, awarding the Town a $1.1 million grant.
At a time of year when the return to school brings many students to the library, it was appropriate to officially celebrate the beginning of a new future for this much valued meeting place, an icon of local culture.
The praise lavished upon the library since its spring reopening would surely have gratified the late Vera Danyluk, Mount Royal’s preceding mayor, who cherished the dream of breathing new life into this TMR institution. The current Council, with Philippe Roy at its head, shared the same vision and now has made it a reality. The time and energy invested by the Town are amply rewarded by the smiles of the users who have set foot in the library since last spring. The high number of visits to the building confirms the community’s appreciation.
“We have received extremely positive comments since the reopening,” notes mayor Philippe Roy. “We can even say that the wager has been won. The councillors and I are pleased not only with how the new wing integrates architecturally with the existing structure but also with the LEED Canada NC 2009 Gold certification that the building will receive, an accurate reflection of our administration’s constant concern for protecting the environment.”
Recognized as a tremendous asset for the Mount Royal community, the renovated and expanded Reginald J. P. Dawson Library offers its users more room, a new exhibition and meeting space, a young adults zone, electrical outlets for portable devices and improved access for the elderly and persons with reduced mobility.