The Beaverbrook Library will be closing on Feb. 19 for a major renovation and expansion to convert it to a district library.

Completion is scheduled for August, 2014.

During the closure a depot will operate in the Beaverbrook Mall at 2 Beaverbrook Rd., opening on Feb. 21.

Operating hours will be the same as the present library.

Customer services at the depot will include book return, pickup of requested items, payment of fines, browse and borrow from the Express Read Collection and high demand items, including children’s books, daily newspapers and some multilingual items. There will be an express internet station, wireless internet, a small area for reading and a limited number of programs.

The Kanata Room items will be temporarily housed in the Stittsville library. Programs for both children and adults will be at the Hazeldean branch.

In 2012, the small Beaverbrook Branch was the second busiest library In Ottawa.

Only the main branch provided more service.

This expansion will provide space for present and future users, as well as meeting space, an expanded Kanata Room and special collections.

During construction the Mlacak Centre will remain open, with all other activities continuing.  You can view the plans for the new library at the Beaverbrook library until it closes.

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

The city will host an open house on Shirley’s Watts stormwater management plan and Blanding’s turtle management plan at the Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Walter Baker Pl., upper hall A, on Jan. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Find out the plan for dealing with drainage issues in Kanata North.

Almost the entire ward drains into the Ottawa River via the Watt’s Creek system (which includes the Beaver Pond) and Shirley’s Brook.

The city has a study underway on the downstream impact of these watercourses.

The consultants will describe what they’ve found to date at this open house.

This is an ideal opportunity to provide feedback since the study is not yet complete.

It is expected to be finished by summer. When completed, the developer will have needed background information to use in preparing their grading and drainage report for the lands north of the Beaver Pond.

The Blanding’s turtle study is a pioneer, three year study of this turtle, which is an endangered species and which is found in the Kizell wetland and other wetlands in the South March Highlands. Some have been followed using GPS technology and the results are very interesting.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

With all the flu around it isn’t too late to protect yourself by getting a flu shot from your doctor, a clinic or most local pharmacies.

Students looking for a summer job can apply at the city until Feb. 7.

Details are available at ottawa.ca. I have a position for one summer student – to apply, email me your resume.

Applications are also being received by OC Transpo for bus operators.

Kanata Dental Hygiene is participating with a Gift from the Heart, providing free dental hygiene services on Feb. 9 for children aged four to18. Call 613-592-2044 for more information.

All legal challenges to the Lansdowne Park Project have now been dealt with, as a final appeal has been rejected by the Supreme Court.

Youth from nine to 14 can attend a writing or poetry workshop on Jan. 19 at Ottawa libraries. Programs are free but require registration on the library website.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Jan. 20, from 1 pm, BMGCA Family Fun Day, Juanita Snelgrove Park
  • Jan. 20, 2-4 pm, World Religious Day, City Hall
  • Jan. 29, Kick off of Official Plan & Master Transportation Plan review
  • Jan. 30, Public Open House and Meeting on Drainage and Turtles
  • Feb. 1, Opening of Winterlude
  • Feb. 19, Beaverbrook Library closes for reconstruction and addition.