A ray of hope for the Saint-Pierre-Jolys Regional Library

The agreement between the library and the Vallée de la Rivière-Rouge School Division expires on March 1, 2023. Therefore, the library had to find new facilities before that date, but arrangements are ongoing.

According to the administrator of the Jolys Regional Library, Nicole Grégoire, the School Division promised that the library would remain within their school. heritage immersion until the end of this school year, or even the next school year.

What may change for the 2023-2024 school year is that there is a possibility that we will share the facilities with teachers and students because there is a lack of space in the school.she explains.

As for the 2024-2025 school year, Nicole Grégoire says uncertainty reigns: As for this school year, we are in a situation where we may need a new location.

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Nicole Grégoire, Administrator of the Jolys Regional Library

Photo: Jolys Regional Library

When we learned that the Division was going to terminate our contract next March, the community was not very happy because they wondered what would happen to our library and those of the schools. That’s when we started a petition. To date, it has been read 39 times by 6 opposition MPs.points out.

Since 1967, the Jolys Regional Library has been located on the premises of the Héritage Immersion school, a long history that has resulted in a win-win partnership, underlines Nicole Grégoire.

Students have access to a larger collection of books and more services. As a public library, we can offer services that are not the responsibility of a school library. Therefore, we want to continue to share not only our resources, but we can also contribute to the school collection with the funds that we have access to.remembers Nicole Gregoire.

The Jolys Library branch in Saint-Malo was also targeted by the Rivière-Rouge Valley School Division.

His agreement with the Division ends on December 21. However, according to Nicole Grégoire, the library had to close its doors in August because work on the school’s expansion began ahead of schedule.

All books are currently safely stored in spaces provided by the Rural Municipality of De Salaberry.

Nicole Grégoire says that at the end of the expansion work, the Red River Valley School Division will conduct an evaluation of the spaces and only then decide whether or not to return the library to the site.

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