Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 24, 2009 18:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Friends of the Perth East Public Library

MILVERTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament (Perth-Wellington), today announced funding for Friends of the Perth East Public Library.

This funding will help the Friends of the Perth East Public Library celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Library on October 24, 2009. The Library, built in 1909 with the generous assistance of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, is one of many Carnegie Libraries throughout Ontario. Today, the renovated site's growing collection and dynamic programming serve the greater Perth East area. The centennial celebration, which will be hosted by Perth author Jack Nahrgang, will include an open house and local art and musical performances.

"Perth is privileged to be one of the Ontario communities home to a Carnegie Library," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support this local resource and to pay tribute to the Carnegie literary legacy."

"For 100 years, the Carnegie Library in Milverton has been a hub of activity for the community, as well as a sanctuary for lifelong learning for many individuals and families," said Mr. Schellenberger. "I'm delighted that our Government is providing funding to help the library and the community celebrate this special anniversary."

"I am very pleased that the Government of Canada is helping us to celebrate our Carnegie Library and its importance in our community," said David Shearer, Chair of the Friends of the Perth Public East Library. "The Library has been a fixture of the Milverton Main Street for 100 years and continues to be an integral part of our society."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $5,500 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage ( program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations