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NewsNew librarian, new renovations - Amonte Library hosts open house

New librarian, new renovations – Amonte Library hosts open house

Open House 13 Ribbon Cutting
Left to right: Louise Heslop (Ontario Trillium Foundation), MM Mayor John Levi, MPP Jack MacLaren, Library Board Chair Mary Lou Souter

On Sunday, the Almonte Branch of the Mississippi Mills Public Library was proud to host MPP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Jack MacLaren, at a community Open House.  Not only did the the Library introduce their new CEO, Pam Harris, they also took the opportunity to thank those groups who have contributed to the library during the past year.

Thanks to a $70,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Library Board has been able to complete renovations (front entrance and washroom upgrades) to ensure that the Town’s facility has barrier-free access to services in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards.


“This grant is an investment in the community’s library.  I’m delighted to see the renovations which will allow access and use of this space by everyone in the community.”

Jack MacLaren, MPP, Carleton-Mississippi Mills

 “The Town’s Library was very fortunate to receive funding from three sources in 2013:  the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Province’s Museum and Technology Fund and the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation Inc to complete necessary projects at the Town’s Library.  Without the financial assistance provided, the projects would not have come to fruition.”

John Levi, Mayor, Town of Mississippi Mills

“We (the Board Members) were thrilled to receive Trillium Grant funding to upgrade the washrooms and exterior entrance to the Almonte Branch and to reshingle the roof.  We are very grateful for the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s commitment to improving accessibility in public facilities and for the support of our local partners in this project.”

Mary Lou Souter, Chair, Mississippi Mills Public Library Board


 In a joint project with the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and primarily funded by the Province’s Museum and Technology Fund and the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation Inc., they have been able to digitize the Almonte Gazette archives from 1861 to 1989.  These records can now be searched through keywords by anyone with access to the internet and will be invaluable for genealogy and local history research.

Over the years, the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation Inc. has provided essential funding for furniture,  programming and the Library’s DVD collection, ultimately donating the entire DVD collection to the Library in 2013.  Thanks to the Foundation, the Library has another great resource for the community to enjoy.


The Town of Mississippi Mills is dedicated to providing a community environment that has services and opportunities for the community to live a healthy and vibrant life.  A library is a focal point to a community that can provide many services to all individuals regardless of age and ability.

A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.


  • For more information about the Almonte Branch of the Mississippi Mills Public Library, please visit

For more information about the Ontario Trillium Foundation, visit




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