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Media Release

For immediate release May 4, 2009

Library Gets Outdoor Seating Thanks to Democracy 250 Grant

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Democracy 250 Legacy Fund, the Keshen Goodman Public Library has acquired five benches, two tables with seats, planters and trash receptacles. Until recently, the library had only one small bench outside.

The library, located at 330 Lacewood Drive in Clayton Park, is more than books on shelves – it’s a vital part of the community. “People use the library as a place to gather. It’s a large, central meeting spot. Before this grant we didn’t have an outside area that the community could use in the same way,” said Sarah Wenning, branch manager of the Keshen Goodman Library.

The outdoor seating area will be known as ‘Democracy Corner.’ “Democracy Corner is a fitting name because libraries embody the spirit of democracy. Libraries are places of free thinking and free speech that are open to all ages and all cultures,” said Wenning.

The new seating area has extended the reach of the library; outdoor programs can be enjoyed more comfortably and people have a place outside to take their snacks from the library’s café. Since the library’s Wi-Fi signal reaches outdoors, people can bring their laptops and work in the sunshine. “We’ve already had many positive comments from people about the benches and tables,” said Wenning.

Diana Whalen, MLA for Halifax Clayton Park, chose the Keshen Goodman Library for a D250 grant because she knew plans for the outdoor area were postponed due to cost pressures. “The library is a beautiful, large space, but we needed a more inviting outdoor area for the public to enjoy. I thought it was really important to fill in this missing piece for Keshen Goodman – it is now more attractive and provides a way for people to enjoy the library and a sunny afternoon at the same time,” said Diana Whalen.

The official unveiling will take place on Friday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Diana Whalen will be in attendance.

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852