The Mission of the Ignace Public Library Board ...
... is to guarantee all community residents and opportunity for life-long learning through equal access to library services including but not limited to educational, recreational, cultural, historical and life-skills information in a variety of formats. These services will be provided in a technologically efficient and comfortable environment.
To get a library card, visit the Ignace Public Library with ID that has your name and address.
Fill out an application. Parents or guardians must sign application cards for a child, up to and including young adults under 18 years of age, in order for it to be valid. A parent or guardian assumes full responsibilty for the choice of material that their child borrows from the library. Your card must be shown every time you sign out materials.
Please report promptly any change of address or phone number or the loss or theft of your card.
Your library card is free:
If you are a resident of the Township of Ignace
If you pay propery taxes in the Township of Ignace
If you do not live within or pay taxes in the Township of Ignace, you can obtain a non-resident membership for a fee.
The Ignace Heritage Centre is a compact exhibit adjoining the Ignace Public Library.
Nine themes depict the life of Ignace from the earliest times to present day:
Fur Trade & Settlement
Road & Air Transportation
The themes are represented by artifacts, photographs, dioramas, models, maps, and written descriptions. Highlights of themese include locally collected artifacts such as stone tools dating back 10,000 years, Fur Trade goods, an early 20th century outboard motor, a model of the Ignace CPR Train Station, a diorama of an underground miner at work and an Alligator. Yes, an Alligator! ...
(An Alligator, or Steam Warping Tug, was a flat bottomed boat used to pull booms of logs across area lakes. It had the capablility to pull itself over portages from lake to lake) Listening stations tell stores of Ignace's past in the words of our pioneers.
The history of the Ignace Public Library is a tribute to the determination and spirit of our community. Many people do not realize the dedication required to have a library in Ignace. But this has been the case for over eighty years.
In 1921, the Great War Veterans Association formed the beginnings of the Library. The Women's Institute canvassed the community for books, catalogued them and put them into circulation. Mr. Bill Weaver was appointed to be the first librarian. On January 22, 1922, Council appointed a Library Committee. Reeve Butt and A. Read were appointed to head the committee with permission to expand. This was the birth of the Ignace Public Library Board.
During World War II (1939-1945), the Library was located in the basement of the Public School and was also the Township Clerk's Office. In 1958, after the completion of the new War Memorial School, the old school building became a library and recreation centre. Two young teachers, Miss Barbara Flayer and Miss Killen volunteered to open the Library and update the books. They did this from 1957 to 1959. During this time, they contacted the Northwestern Regional Library System for assistance. Every three months, Mr. G. Kouhi and Mr. Frank Obljubek would arrive to exchange 75 books.
In 1959, Mrs. Roberta Wren took over from the teachers and became the Librarian.
In February 1961, a fire destroyed the library and recreation centre. Over 500 books were lost. Determined to make a fresh start, Mrs. Wren canvassed door-to-door collecting books. She stored them in her living room and turned it into a temporary library.
In 1962, a new Municipal Office was built on Front Street and the Library was given part of the basement. With help from the Northwestern Regional Library System, Mrs. Wren created a solid library base for Ignace. By 1970, the Library had over 6,000 books. The Library remained in the basement until 1975, when a flood destroyed many books and forced the Library to seek a new location.
In May 1975, the Library was presented with one-half of the old curling club. This building was a metal quonset hut that had contained two sheets of natural ice. The Library remained at this location for 17 years.
Mrs. Wren retired from the Library in 1980.
Mrs. Charlotte Ferguson was the Librarian from 1980 to 1983. In September 1983, Ms. Catherine Penney became the Librarian.
Winter 1988 vividly illustrated the need for a new library building as staff and patrons had to cope with frozen water and sewer lines, leaking roof, cracked foundation and growing electrical problems.
Meetings were held in early 1989 with the Library Board, Council and consultants from the Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Ontario Library Service - North to develop an action plan for a new library building.
In May 1989, a user survey conducted by the library staff helped determine what services the public wanted from their library. The results showed that the curling club location was sadly lacking for space.
Mr. Keith MacFarlane, an architect from the Prairie Partnership was hired to develop possible designs for a new library based on community needs. At an open house help September 1989, citizens of Ignace chose to have their new library be Phase II of the community's new Tourist Information Centre.
During 1990 and 1991, Coucil and the Library Board worked very hard to secure provincial and federal financial support. The Library Board and staff undertook a major fund raising campaign that included garage sales, raffles, book sales, etc. By April 1991 all necessary funding was in place, due in large part to the financial support of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
In May 1981, Kelsey Construction was hired to construct the new facility. Premier Bob Rae officially turned to sod for the project.
The Library complex was completed in 1992. The library staff and volunteers moved into the building in May and the Official Grand Opening was held July 1992.
The library consists of three sections: a 4,600 square foot library, a 500 square foot Multi-Purpose Room and a 500 square foot Heritage Centre.
The building is constructed on one level and is completely wheel chair accessible.
Today the Ignace Public Library has a collection of over 17,000 materials; a large selection of adult, teen and children's magazines, video collection, music CD collection, DVD movie collection, 2 public internet computers and 1 public computer with a selection of pre-school programming for literacy, seasonal craft programs for children and library tours for groups such as Nursery School, Brownies, school children, etc.
The Friends of the Ignace Public Library is a registered non-profit charity established in 2001.
Our aim is to support, promote and enhance the programs and services of the Ignace Public Library and Heritage Centre by raising community awareness, fundraising to support library programs and initiatives and by helping out whenever we can.
BE A FRIEND!
If you are interested in being a Friend and participating in our volunteer activities, call the Library 934-2280 for more information.