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MacTier

REGULAR HOURS                          Sept 12, 2017 to May 28, 2018
Sunday      Closed
Monday      Closed
Tuesday     11:00 – 4:00
Wednesday 11:00 – 6:00
Thursday    Closed
Friday        11:00 – 4:00
Saturday    10:00 – 1:00
MacTier Public Library

12 Muskoka Road Box 541
MacTier ON P0C 1H0
Phone: 705-375-5430
SUMMER HOURS                            May 29, 2018 to Sept 11, 2018
Sunday      Closed
Monday      Closed
Tuesday     11:00 – 4:00
Wednesday 11:00 – 6:00
Thursday    11:00 – 4:00
Friday        11:00 – 4:00
Saturday    10:00 – 3:00

MacTier History

The library was born in the mid-sixties in a building adjacent to the school which at the time was a combination laundry-mat and an electrical store owned by Fred Rickets. In the mid seventies the library moved to a room in the MacTier Public School where it stayed until 1977 when the current portable opened on August 1, located on High Street beside the Muskoka Station Store.

The open hours of the library commenced with two evenings per week and has increased over the years to 20 hours in the winter months and 25 hours in the summer months which includes one evening and Saturday mornings.

In 1999, the Township of Georgian Bay applied for a Superbuild grant to build a new library in MacTier. This application was not successful and the library in the school portable carried on.

The major goal of the Library Board, 2004-2006 was to raise the capital to build a much needed new facility. In 2004, The Friends of the MacTier Public Library were formed to assist the Library Board with fundraising of the capital required to build a new library.

The Ontario government announced the Rural Ontario Infrastructure Grant in December 2006. On December 21, 2006, Library Board Chair Robert Byrnes did a presentation to Council to request the the Township submit a grant application on behalf of the Library Board. Other projects were presented to Council from Township Departments. In January 2007, Council decided to support the MacTier Public Library Project the grant application was submitted. On April 2, 2007, Council announced that the Ontario Government had approved the grant application and the Township would be awarded $500,000.00 to build the new library.

The Friends, the Staff and the Library Board raised approximately $200,000 from Foundations, personal donations and fundraising. This money was used to assist the building project and purchase all of the new furnishings for the new facility.

A Building Committee was formed and a Project Manager was hired. An RFP was sent out by the Township for a design build project. Quinan Construction Company was hired in December 2007 and the construction commenced in June 2008.

The beautiful 2500 square foot new library opened its doors for the official opening on October 25, 2008.

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Once again the CP Holiday Train will be making a stop in MacTier, this year on Wednesday, November 29. The train will arrive about 2:40 and leaving by 3:10 p.m. Colin James and Emma Lee will entertain!
Plan to bring a non perishable food item or cash in support of the Food Bank at the New Fellowship Church.
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Congratulations to Michael Redhill for winning the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel 'Bellevue Square'.

"I've been telling a close friend of mine this fall that, to judge by all the things that have been happening to me, I must be in a coma. But if I am, you are all too, so let's not wake up from it," said Redhill in his acceptance speech.

"Bellevue Square follows Jean Mason, a woman who finds out that she may have a doppelgänger in the Toronto neighbourhood of Kensington Market. When Jean decides to investigate, she sets off a chain of events that put her through a mental and emotional wringer." CBC.ca

Put a hold on this complex, funny and mysterious book today!
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Today we celebrate National Child Day. National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of two documents centered on children's rights.
By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This commitment includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.
Celebrating National Child Day is about celebrating children as active participants in their own lives and in communities, as active citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to decision-making.
Click the link for links for children.
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