As of September 2014
The library building is well underway! We were a bit stalled waiting for the angle iron to arrive for the roof. Last month, the angle iron began to arrive! Progress!! The roof has been installed on the gatehouse which provides not only a welcoming building for patrons to pass through and check their backpacks, but also provides storage, and the room for the electric generator. (We will be looking into solar possibilities at a later date.)
Operationally, we are very pleased to report that FOKAL informed ODES and us early this year that they will be happy to provide partial support of the library’s operational budget. ODES and we are very grateful and honored to have their support.
While ODES and our Library Committee have been very busy with the construction of the building, they have now turned toward the planning for the library’s operation. To that end, ODES has formed an Conseil Administratif (an Advisory Board) that is developing a budget for the library, in collaboration with SCEH and FOKAL. It has also identified and trained two librarians and, among other things, is working on programming, volunteer coordination, community and school communications.
We are well on our way to a fully functioning library and community center in Deschapelles. Pretty soon, we will need a name!