A new chapter
BY STEVEN WARBURTON
Staff After more than a decade working with the SDG Library Board, Kathi LeGault has processed her final book return.
Ms. LeGault, who has been the face of the Williamstown branch since the beginning of 2010, says she looks forward to spending her retirement years travelling and working on her art, mostly watercolours, though she says she’s starting to play with acrylics.
She says that the library has evolved a lot since she began her tenure there. Not only has she witnessed the Williamstown branch change locales – from the Sir John Johnson House to its current spot at St. Mary’s Centre – she has also seen the library board get away from the “books only model.” Ms. LeGault, who gives her age as “of retirement age,” notes that the board now operates a “library of things” where patrons can borrow objects like musical instruments and electronic devices in addition to books. She’s also seen the library expand its services such as tot time or genealogy workshops.
Asked if she’ll miss anything, she says: “The patrons and all the people who came in.” Ms. LeGault imagines that she will still participate in the library’s book club. Before arriving in Williamstown, she worked at the Maxville branch for one-and-a-half years.
MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES: Children, grandchildren, family and friends gathered at the Bonnie Glen Pavilion in Alexandria April 30 to celebrate the milestone wedding anniversaries of seven couples at the Soirée des jubilaires. The event was presented by francophone community and cultural organization Fraternité Alexandria and organized by Carol Larocque and fellow volunteers who were delighted by the crowd turnout, 130 people, for the banquet and dance. Celebrating special milestone anniversaries this year were, from left, Ginette and Bernard Décoste of Glen Robertson celebrating their 50th; Marjolaine and André Desjardins of St. Raphael’s celebrating their 50th; Nicole and Gilles Lortie of Maxville celebrating their 25th; Edna and Guy Lalonde of Alexandria celebrating their 60th; Berthe and Jean Lucien Larocque of Ste-Anne-de-Prescott celebrating their 65th; Marie-Jeanne and Gilles Séguin of Rigaud celebrating their 60th; and Marie-Thérèse and Aimé Théoret of Fournier celebrating their 50th.
LIBRARIAN RETIRES: Kathi LeGault donned a Dr. Seuss hat for her final day at the Williamstown library last Thursday.