Lake of Bays Public Library



Lake of Bays Public Library
The Lake of Bays Public Library is dedicated to support and protect intellectual freedom, to promote opportunities for self-fulfillment and to cultivate the recreational, educational and informational needs of the community.  There are two locations for this Library - the Baysville Branch and the Dwight Branch.


Baysville Branch
The library is a hub of activity for the community of Baysville and surrounding areas.  It was first established in the late 1800's in the home of Mrs. J. Campbell with books and book cases donated by local residents and occupying the front hall of the home.  When Mrs. Campbell's home was demolished, the library was established in the Township Hall, circa 1897. It was open one night a week with both Louise and Maude Ellis volunteering as librarians. In 1915, however, Miss Ellis was paid $12.00 a year, and the library received a government grant to purchase new books.  In 1991, the library opened in the arena/community centre facility with Jeannie Young as librarian.  In 1996, the library brought High Speed Internet Access to the community through the CAP programme.  Today under the management of CEO Linda Lacroix, it continues to be a friendly, family-oriented centre where children and adult activities are on-going. Packed with current best sellers, DVD's, magazines, talking books and a well stocked children's centre, it is the hub of the community. Drop by for a relaxing sit by the fireplace and a
friendly chat.


Dwight Branch
Irwin Memorial Public Library was opened in Dwight on November 28, 1977. Mr. L.R. Holmes, principal of the school was librarian, assisted by Audrey Loader.  The library was created through joint agreement with the Muskoka Board of Education and the Township of Lake of Bays. It served the needs of the students during school hours and the people of the community during after school hours.  In 1983, the library was moved to the Municipal Office building beside the Dwight Post Office. The new library opened in its present location in 1994.  Librarian Peggy Hurley, and Library staff, Christine Williams and Cathy Fairbairn were t he proud recipients of the prestigious Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce 2008 People's Choice Award.  The library provides an excellent selection of current bestsellers, DVDs, Talking and Musical CDs, Non-Fiction, Periodicals, Large Print and Children's books.  The library was the first in the community to provide WI FI and High Speed Interent service to the public.  The library is the hub of the community, offering a warm, inviting and friendly atmosphere. Sit by the fireplace, under the skylight or cozy up in one of the Muskoka loveseats.

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