Welcome to June. Summer is just around the corner and staff members are busy planning summer reading club activities and getting ready to reopen the library to the public in Step 2 (likely the week of July 5). We welcome four summer students this week; summer reading program assistants Colin and Shaanthi, migrant worker resource assistant Mariana and long-time student page, Max, begins his contract as our tech tutoring/digitization assistant.
Funding has also been approved for a summer student gardener and we await approval for three other student positions; remote event host, history researcher and collection development assistant. The federal government has expanded the summer jobs and Young Canada Works programs to help youth find work during the pandemic and we truly appreciate it!
We also truly appreciate the NOTL Rotary Club and their recent donation of $4275 to fund three wifi hotspots over the next two years. These additional hotspots will be distributed to local migrant workers who don’t have internet access.
June is Pride Month and we encourage you to explore our LGBQT+ #pridelibrary, highlighted in The Collection section of this newsletter. Along with the rest of Pride Month’s celebrations, our pridelibrary aims to increase the community’s awareness of the issues lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face and to celebrate their dignity, rights and self-affirmation.
I want to end this column by acknowledging the terrible discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. We explored the impact and legacy of residential schools during the March 2018 Moccasin Talk with Lorrie Gallant (Woodland Cultural Centre) and two residential school survivors, Dawn and Roberta Hill. Dawn and Roberta’s stories of survival confirmed the importance of the library’s First Nations/Metis/Inuit (FNMI) collection in raising awareness of intergenerational trauma inflicted by the residential school system. Facing the truth about Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples is the first step on the path to justice and reconciliation.