The Township of Greater Madawaska

Greater Madawaska Public Library

Welcome to the Greater Madawaska Public Library.  It was founded as the Bagot & Blythfied Public Library in 1978 by four ladies dedicated to literacy at the request of the then Reeve, Bob Knight. Since then it has evolved as amalgamations occurred, to the Bagot, Blythfield and Brougham Public Library and finally in 2001 to the Greater Madawaska Public Library. 

Though tight for space, we offer many services to the public. A weekly Preschool Storytyme introduces children from 0-6 to the joys of reading through finger plays, songs, movement and crafts. In the summer, the older children search various themes through books, plays, art and other activities. Incidental programmes arise if volunteers are available to present them. We have 6 public access computers for high-speed internet use. In 2005, we initiated an Outreach Programme to Wards 2 and 3 utilizing 3 Country stores.

Materials include a good collection of children's literature, both adult and children's nonfiction, magazines for all ages, reference materials, graphic novels, electronic books and DVDs. Through the inter-library loan service, materials may be borrowed from other libraries.

We acknowledge the help from The Township of Greater Madawaska, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Industry Canada for its funding of electronic resources, the Southern Ontario Library Services, TD Toronto Bank & Toronto Public Library, the Calabogie Lions, Calabogie Seniors, Calabogie Book, Women's Institute Clubs, and the many citizens who have donated time and money through support of our Book Sales and Memorial Donations. None of the efforts would be possible without our loyal volunteers, who serve as trustees, in-house library workers and on-the-spot folks when the needs arise.

For information about the volunteer program and Memorial donations, contact the library.

Please come in, visit, join and tell all your friends. It is your library. You pay for it in your taxes at all levels, so why not get your money's worth at your library!


Hours & Contact

Sunday & Monday Closed
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday  10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Free WiFi is available 24/7 from the library parking lot in the designated areas.

The wireless network to connect to is called library. No password or network key is required. We ask that users please jot down on a piece of paper how long they used the service for and drop it in the library book drop located next to the library door. This helps the library to know how frequently the service is being used. WiFi is also available within the library during open hours.Pre-school Story time is held every Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Location:

In lower level of building located at:
4984 Calabogie Road
PO Box 160
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
K0J 1H0

Contact:

Sharon Shalla
Librarian/CEO
Phone: (613) 752-2317
Fax: (613) 752-1720
Email: gmpl@bellnet.ca

About
Welcome to the Greater Madawaska Public Library. It was founded as the Bagot & Blythfied Public Library in 1978 by four ladies dedicated to literacy at the request of the then reeve, Bob Knight. Since then it has evolved as amalgamations occurred, to the Bagot, Blythfield and Brougham Public Library and finally in 2001 to the Greater Madawaska Public Library. It has moved locations over the years and is presently located downstairs in the Township Office building.
Children's Programs

Bring along the little ones for a fun and interactive storytime experience every Thursday from 10:30am – 11:30am. Stories and crafts will sometimes be focused on special themes such as spring, fall, Easter, and more!

FREE Museum Passes

Greater Madawaska Public Library has partnered with various museums to offer you FREE museum passes to the following museums:

Local History Digitization

It's no secret that the municipality now known as Greater Madawaska is rich in history. There are many stories to tell and photos to share of the people and places from the geographic townships of Bagot, Blythfield, Griffith and Matawatchan. In February 2011 the Greater Madawaska Public Library pursued a local history project with the focus being on a digital collection. With funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the project came to life in November 2011 and can now be viewed as part of the Our Ontario digital collection at:

http://vitacollections.ca/GreaterMadawaska/search

Well Baby Drop In Program

The Well baby Drop In happens the first Thursday of each month. A Renfrew County and District Health Unit Nurse is at the library from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to weigh and measure your baby, discuss your baby's development, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

  
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