Public invited to celebrate grand opening of Irricana library

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The Irricana and Rural Municipal Library is inviting the public to celebrate the grand opening of its new home in the Gladys Taylor Building on April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Library Manager Elysse Reicheneder said residents can take a tour of the facility and learn about the programs and services offered by the library and its partners, Alberta Health Services and North Rocky View Community Links.

Refreshments and cake will be available, Reicheneder said, as well as a book for people to write their impressions and opportunities for the public to meet staff and give input about what they would like to see happening at the Gladys Taylor Building.

“We’d love to hear what we can do to better serve our community,” she said.

The new building, located at 226 2 Street, officially opened to the public Jan. 4.

Reicheneder said the library has experienced a huge increase in usage, with 736 people coming through in the month of March alone.

“It has been going wonderfully,” she said. “The building is really well used.”

The old location, which was attached to the Irricana Recreation Centre, was only 111 square metres and lacked the space to sit, meet or run extensive programs, Reicheneder said.

At 278 square metres, the Gladys Taylor Building includes a community living room with a fireplace where people can drink a coffee and read, and the video conference capable Lions Community Room that can be used by the public for meetings. With collapsible tables and chairs, Reicheneder said the space could be utilized to run exercising programs.

“The room is very versatile in that regard,” she said.

The Gladys Taylor Building is more than just a library, Reicheneder said, as residents now have access to services and programs through Alberta Health Services, Airdrie Employment Services and Community Links.

Though she said some of these services were available to residents previously, they were offered out of multiple locations.

The relationship of the shared space is a circle, she said, as each service promotes what the other has to offer.

“It is becoming a wonderful social hub for the community,” Reicheneder said. “People can come to one spot to access resources, family health services, education and entertainment.

“It’s a really welcoming environment.”

For more information, visit irricanalibrary.ca

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