100 Years of Library Service

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In 1987, when the Sudbury area was marking 75 years of library service, the staff and board of the Sudbury Public Library created a time capsule to be opened 25 years later. Today, staff and residents were joined by Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk and members of the Greater Sudbury Public Library Board to open this time capsule and mark 100 years of library service in the community.

"Opening this time capsule provides us with an amazing glimpse into the past," said Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk. "It also demonstrates just how far our community and society have come in the last 25 years."

In 1912 a formal request was made by the Local Council of Women to the Minister of Education to 'establish a Public Library Association" in the Town of Sudbury. Over the past 100 years, this library, first established in the Huron Chambers on Elm Street, has evolved into 13 locations serving as community meeting places that support literacy and life-long learning.

"Our library services are continually being adapted to reflect the community we serve, and I am pleased to note that our library system is stronger than ever," said Greater Sudbury Public Library Board Chair Martin Lajeunesse. 'I am especially proud of the emphasis we place on inclusion; our libraries serve everyone, regardless of age, income level or literacy level."

The Greater Sudbury Public Library plans to fill the time capsule with items representing 2012 and reseal it by the end of this year.