Li­bra­ry’s a cool place to hang

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Just in time for Spring Break, the Vau­dreuil-Do­rion li­bra­ry is pre­sen­ting a hip new front for teens, kids and fa­mi­lies and says the li­bra­ry is the place to be these days.

Mi­chel Val­lée, new di­rec­tor of arts and culture ser­vices for the Vau­dreuil-Do­rion li­bra­ry joi­ned staff, mem­bers of the mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cil and Mayor Guy Pi­lon last week when the town un­vei­led its 2010 pro­gram of events and ac­ti­vi­ties in the li­bra­ry’s main hall. “This is no lon­ger a place run by the strict la­dy with a bun in her hair,” said Val­lée, who pro­cee­ded to peel off his own tie and af­fect a more re­laxed de­mea­nour while spea­king with jour­na­lists. Des­pite that, at least one young mem­ber knew pro­to­col dic­tates that hu­shed voices be used in the place of rea­ding.

A boy in­ter­rup­ted the press conference that took place du­ring ope­ning hours to re­quest that Val­lée and Pi­lon please be quiet since he was trying to read.

New events

Val­lée says the 2010 pro­gram of events and ac­ti­vi­ties will show­case the mu­ni­ci­pal centre as a great place to be for a va­rie­ty of rea­sons. “We want to make sure people know this is a fun and vi­brant place,” he no­ted. And a com­for­table place thanks to more than a do­zen vi­brant­ly co­lou­red bean­bag chairs the li­bra­ry pur­cha­sed from a Mon­treal com­pa­ny. As of this month kids and pa­rents who re­gis­ter can come to spe­cial sto­ry hours where kids will par­ti­ci­pate in ac­ti­vi­ties and pa­rents can at­tend a course de­si­gned to help them be­come bet­ter sto­ry­tel­lers. Re­si­dents will al­so get the chance to meet lo­cal au­thors such as Alexandre Dé­si­lets, who will at­tend a 45 mi­nutes ques­tion and ans­wer per­iod on March 26. There will al­so be a mu­sic concert in the li­bra­ry, says Val­lée, ad­ding, “Yes, a concert in the li­bra­ry!” Be­gin­ning March 1 the pro­gram Back­pack for Teens will get un­der­way to help ado­les­cents dis­co­ver the centre and where tee­nage mem­bers will be gi­ven cloth back­packs. Al­so be­gin­ning March 1, the li­bra­ry will un­veil th­ree dif­ferent sca­ven­ger hunts that will see kids and pa­rents dis­co­ver a host of hid­den trea­sures. And fi­nal­ly, the town’s col­lec­tion of mu­sic CDs and DVD mo­vies will be avai­lable for­mem­bers to bor­row free of charge.

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