A new chap­ter

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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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BRUNO CARRIÈRE

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.

STEVEN WARBURTON PHOTO

LI­BRAR­IAN RETIRES: Kathi Le­Gault donned a Dr. Seuss hat for her fi­nal day at the Wil­liamstown li­brary last Thursday.

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