The Laurentian Hills Public Library was established in 2000 as a result of amalgamation of the Townships of Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie & McKay, with the Village of Chalk River. The two existing libraries of the former municipalities became branches of the newly formed Library. Our libraries are friendly, social places for our communities, where members of the public can interact with their neighbours while taking advantage of the services provided.
On permanent display in the Point Alexander Branch is a beautiful quilt that was made by many hands in the true spirit of old time communal quilting bees. It portrays local history in such a way that familiar scenes have been transformed, bringing them a new freshness and appeal. It is beautiful, and all of it is the work of local artists and crafts persons whose skill is apparent in every block.
Glimpses of everyday life tell the story of King’s Farm (Ferguson’s Stopping Place). There are views of haying with a horse-drawn wagon, vegetable gardening, the tools of logging, farming and blacksmith trades, John King’s car and his home, sleighing with horses in winter, a tugboat on the Ottawa River, and a panoramic view of the farm. Among the treasures to find in this quilt is a portrait of John King, and a miniature pieced quilt, but every viewing of it reveals something previously overlooked.
The Library Board meets on the second Monday of each month, except July and August, to discuss business and further the goals of the library. Meetings begin at 7pm and are open to the public.
Minutes of previous meetings are available here.
If you would like to attend our virtual meetings while the library is closed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The next virtual meeting will be Thursday, 25 June at 9 am.
Wendy Holland, Chair
Brenda Blimkie, Council Rep.