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Sechelt Public Library Collection -- Index

1 Activities (1999-2006)

2 Children's Programs (1999-2008)

3 Volunteers (2011)


Sechelt Public Library Collection

The Sechelt Public Library was started by volunteers with the first collection of books being stored in Mrs. Bea Swanson's house until a suitable location could be found to house them. Mrs. Ada Dawe contacted Mr. Jack Redman, a local grocer, who donated space above his store on Cowrie Street, for the first public library. From 1961 until 1966 the library operated out of this space. It then moved for a year to a ground level floor in a donated cottage on the south side of Cowrie Street, where the Sechelt Hospital Auxiliary store is today. A Centennial grant paid for a new building to be built on Trail Avenue behind today's Shell Gas Station. It was completely staffed with volunteers until the mid-1980s when the first paid librarian was appointed.

In 1995 plans were approved for a new library which was built and opened in 1996 with the District of Sechelt offices located on the second floor. This present library is staffed by full-time and part-time trained librarians but is still dependent on many volunteers who help in the library and the Friends of the Library group who raise funds for equipment.

Peninsula Times Newspaper Photographs

The Sechelt Public Library acquired several boxes of The Peninsula Times newspaper photographs after the newspaper ceased publication in 1980 and donated them to the Sechelt Community Archives in 1997. The photographs, with accompanying text, cover activities, happenings, people, organizations, sports and cultural events; in fact pictures of every day life on the Sunshine Coast from Egmont to Port Mellon for sixteen years.

Your help is needed. The caption information for many of the photographs is missing or incomplete. If you recognize individuals or events in any of the photographs, please email us. Thank you.

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