Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.
Two Clarence-Rockland Library branches to close
The Clarence Creek and Saint-Pascal-Baylon branches of the Clarence-Rockland Public Library will be permanently closing at the end of June.
The Clarence-Rockland Public Library (CRPL) Board came to the decision after reviewing branch and usage costs. The Clarence Creek and Saint-Pascal-Baylon branches are both located inside elementary schools – École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Félicité and École élémentaire catholique Du Rosaire, and are each currently opened two hours a week. The Board has identified “very low patronage” for both branches. For example, the Saint-Pascal branch had a total of ten visitors in all of 2017.
In order to improve its services and to reach more residents, the CRPL Board has decided to begin Library Bookmobile visits, in early 2019, in lieu of the two closing branches. The Board undertook several conversations with Councillors, André J. Lalonde and Krysta Simard, in order to find viable service solutions for the residents of both villages.
“We are committed to being a vital part of the Clarence-Rockland community and we work diligently to make programs and services accessible to everyone,” stated CRPL CEO Catherina Rouse. “We invite and encourage residents to visit our branches in Rockland and Bourget to discover all that is available to them. The Clarence-Rockland Public Library is your community destination to learn, discover, imagine and play."
During the transition, from when the two branches close and before the Bookmobile visits begin, the CRPL will set up temporary book boxes and shelves within Clarence Creek and Saint-Pascal-Baylon. These will give residents the opportunity to continue borrowing books. Library cards will not be needed to borrow these books, nor will there be specific return dates. The shelves will be replenished regularly with books that have been donated to the library.
The Hammond branch of the CRPL closed its doors in 2016. Since then, there have been monthly Bookmobile visits to the Résidence St-Mathieu, in order to continue to provide services to the residents of Hammond. According to the CRPL Board, this strategy has increased patronage by 200 per cent in Hammond. The CRPL’s goal is to create the same effect in Saint-Pascal-Baylon and Clarence Creek.