Official grand opening of the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre
Islanders gathered today to celebrate the official opening of the stunning new Charlottetown Library Learning Central (CLLC).
This modern and innovative facility was made possible thanks to federal, provincial and municipal funding, as well as major fundraising efforts by the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre Inc.
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; alongside the Honourable Natalie Jameson, Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning; the Honourable Cory Deagle, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; His Worship Philip Brown, Mayor of Charlottetown; and Brian Howatt, Chair of the Charlottetown Learning Centre Inc. Board of Directors, all took part in an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new centre is 42,000 square feet, more than triple the size of the former Confederation Centre Public Library, allowing for a larger collection of books, DVDs and e-books, extra space and new technology. It covers the entire ground floor of the Dominion Building in the heart of downtown Charlottetown. The centre includes added meeting and study rooms, a multipurpose auditorium, a boardroom, new maker space, a kitchen, outdoor seating, a podcast recording booth, a gaming zone, the new children’s library and programing space, multiple technology areas for computers and tablets, The Shed café and rental opportunities.
“The new Charlottetown Library Learning Centre provides all members of the community and visitors with cultural and educational programming in a safe, modern and accessible space,” said Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “Providing a space that supports creativity, education, and social inclusion will benefit the community for many generations to come.”
“Providing much needed community space, programing and access to services, the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre is a welcoming and engaging space for all ages. We are already seeing so many Islanders use the new centre for learning, accessing resources, meeting up with colleagues, or as a space to gather with friends. Everyone in the community, and across the province, will feel the benefits of the Centre and its programs and services for years to come.”
- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Natalie Jameson
“It is fantastic to celebrate the opening of the new Charlottetown Library and Learning Centre, which features new resources, facilities and programs to better serve our community,” said Mayor Brown. “The development of this state-of-the-art facility in our downtown core shows the value of all levels of government collaborating to create vital spaces for our residents to grow and learn.”
“Our group has been working on the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre project for more than four years,” said CLLC Inc. Board Chair, Brian Howatt. “We were excited about the potential when we first presented the concept of the facility, and the reality today is even more than we had imagined. This new facility will provide the people of Charlottetown and the entire province with a truly world-class facility, and we are very thankful for the support of all the financial partners and supporters.”
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Department of Education and Lifelong Learning