CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF LITERARY SERVICE

 

The Morinville Library will be celebrating it's 40th Anniversary this November. In honour of this special celebration, the library will be hosting various activities throughout the month of October and November.

 

LIBRARY HISTORY

 
The Morinville Public Library has always played a significant role in our community. The library's humble beginnings started in the cloakroom of the Parish Centre, with a collection of donated books and staffed by volunteers.
 
 
 
September 9, 1967 The Morinville Centennial Library was officially opened, staffed by the board led by Mrs. Phoebe Clark and other volunteers.
 
December 7, 1967 Angeline Leduc was hired as the first full time librarian.
 
March 1974 Marlene Tellier was hired as an assistant librarian
 
September 1977 Helen Riopel replaced Angeline Leduc as librarian.
A tea was held in celebration of the library's 10th anniversary.
 
January 1979 Valerie Loehde was hired as an assistant librarian.
 
March 1980 Pauline Underwood was hired as librarian after spending many years as a board member.
 
1981 The library moves the Historical Centre.
 
1985 Friends of the Library was formed.
This was also an exciting year as an Apple computer was purchased, enabling electronic cataloging.
 
June 1990 Pauline Undewood left and was replaced by Judith McKinney. Mark Oberg replaced Judith after 6 months with Valerie Loehde and Cecile Robertson as assistants.
 
1992 The library celebrated it's 25th anniversary and had it's name changed to Morinville Public Library.
 
1993 The library moved to it's current location on Main Street as part of the Town's office building.
 
October 24, 2000 Morinville Public Library joined the Northern Lights Library System (NLLS) allowing it's patrons access to materials from libraries throughout Northeast Alberta.
 
2001 Valerie Loehde became the librarian with Louise Horstman as interim Library Manager.
 
2003 Joanne Southam accepts the position of librarian.
 
2007 Isabelle Cramp accepts the position as Library Manager.
 
 
Morinville Public Library currently has 2,559 patrons living in Morinville and Sturgeon County, as well as a great number of walk-in patrons utilizing our services.