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For Immediate Release                                                                    March 8, 2016


The Blue Mountains Public Library Partners with Craigleith Heritage Depot

Two Town Cultural Assets Join Forces to Improve Local Services


Thornbury, Ontario – The Blue Mountains Public Library will take on management of the Craigleith Heritage Depot, a move that will improve and expand services at the local history museum at reduced costs to the Town.

Hours at the historic railway station will double under Library management. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., six days a week, all year-round. Currently, the museum is only open on Saturdays from October to May.

“We are very excited to bring the Depot into our organization. The partnership is in keeping with our vision to celebrate culture and inspire learning and discovery in our community,” said Library Board Chair Olav Vanderzon.

All exhibits and services will continue at the Depot, with the Library expanding their services to the site, a boon for Craigleith residents. There will be no change to programs and services at the L.E. Shore Library in Thornbury. The partnership will save the Town about $14,000 annually, which can be reinvested into other Town services and programs.

“By bringing these two local cultural gems together, we can do so much more,” said Library CEO Terri Pope. “We are thrilled to offer new library services to the people of Craigleith and we’re look forward to seeing what other opportunities we have to strengthen the cultural and tourism offerings in the community.”

The new hours at the museum are expected to launch in early May 2016. Currently, the Depot is staffed through a contract with the Town of Collingwood. The Town of Blue Mountains has advised Collingwood that it will wrap up that contract.

“This is a great fit for the museum,” said Depot Board Chair Robert Waind. “This partnership will ensure more people can learn about the town’s unique cultural, natural and industrial history and appreciate the special place the depot plays in our community.”

The Depot’s Board of Directors will continue to play an important role, as a special advisory council to the Library Board.



For more information, contact:

Terri Pope, CEO, The Blue Mountains Public Library

Tel: 519-599-1221, email: tpope@thebluemountains.ca


Olav Vanderzon, Library Board Chair

Email: boardchair@thebluemountains.ca

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