NWMO donates to Bruce County Library Bookmobile Campaign

The Bruce County Public Library is now closer than ever to bringing their Bookmobile project to Bruce County residents, thanks to a generous donation of $50,000 from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).

(L to R) Chloe Reaburn, Site Engagement Associate (NWMO) Nikole Hagerman, Site Engagement Associate (NWMO) Michael Pahor, Relationship Manager (NWMO) Paul McGrath, Site Engagement Associate (NWMO) Tareq Al-Zabet, Director of Site Selection (NWMO) Mayor Robert Buckle, Municipality of South Bruce Mayor Luke Charbonneau, Town of Saugeen Shores – Library Chair Library Director Brooke Mclean, Trustee Sheila Barker, Library Board Trustee Catherine Dickison, Library Board                                         –                                                     Click on Image for larger view

The NWMO is a not-for-profit organization responsible for designing and implementing Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of nuclear fuel, and an avid supporter of the Bruce County Public Library.

In the fall of 2020, the NWMO donated the funds required to purchase one of the library’s new 3D Printers. Board Chair Charbonneau expressed his appreciation, “The Board is extremely grateful for this generous donation from the NWMO. With the addition of these funds, we are close to achieving our goal of buying a Bookmobile for the Bruce County Public Library. It is an exciting opportunity to broaden access to library programs, and we thank NWMO for helping to make it possible.”

Historic Bruce County bookmobile

Library bookmobiles have a long history of bringing books to people, particularly, in rural Ontario. The bookmobiles take books to where the people are including seniors’ homes such as Trillium Court in Kincardine, daycares, arenas, and sports fields. Needs-based stops reach underserved people, such as new Canadians or    those with language or literacy barriers.

The Bookmobile can also present programming at community events, festivals, and other outdoor public gatherings. “It is our pleasure to support this important regional initiative that will have long-lasting benefits,” said Tareq Al-Zabet, NWMO Director of Site Selection – South Bruce. “Libraries continue to play a critical role in the community, and we thank the Bruce County Public Library for working tirelessly to connect residents and for improving accessibility of literacy services throughout the county.”

Warden Janice Jackson recognizes how this donation will help all Bruce County residents. “After another challenging year of branch closures and interrupted services, we are excited to be this much closer to launching the Bookmobile and being able to safely bring services to underserved communities in Bruce County. We wouldn’t be able to achieve this without the generosity of the NWMO. Thank you.”

Toronto Public Library, which has several bookmobiles throughout the city, describes the experiences as ‘Magical.’ Bruce County is excited to bring that Magic to Bruce County residents.