The mobile library is lowered into place in Metlakatla.

Library arrives in Metlakatla

Preparation work on Metlakatla’s new compact library is well underway, with excitement in the community growing as it awaits the opening.

Preparation work on the Village of Metlakatla’s new compact library is well underway, with excitement in the community growing as it awaits the opening.

The facility is being donated by the Write to Read Project, started by Steven Point, former-Lieutenant Governor of B.C., and his aide-de-camp, Bob Blacker, back in 2007 as a way to promote literacy in remote First Nations communities.

Once complete, Metlakatla’s library will be the 10th provided by the Write to Read Project in isolated communities throughout B.C., including Bella Bella where the group erected a modular library earlier this year to replace the community’s facility that mysteriously burned down.

“Since we started doing this, it’s been amazing seeing the transformation of the communities when they get their library,” Blacker, Write to Read project coordinator, said.

It was through Write to Read’s involvement with the creation of a library in Lax Kw’alaams’ soon-to-be constructed community school that the donation would come about.

Blacker and Cpl. Jennifer Collins of the RCMP North Team were working on the project together when Blacker informed Collins there was a compact library available. Collins, who work closely with the communities of Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla, said she immediately thought of Metlakatla.

“I told him that I thought it would be perfect for Metlakatla for a number of reasons. It’s a small building, there is no school in the village, the 29 school age children are taken on the ferry every day to school and I thought that the community would be receptive to it,” Collins said.

The library will be housed in an eight by 10 foot structure donated by Western Camera Buildings.

Affectionately dubbed the “Hobbit House”, the building has the capacity for 1,500 books, shelving and two computers available for community use.

The library was transported to Metlakatla from down south earlier this month, with two of Write to Read’s librarians travelling to the community last week to start organizing and setting up the library.

“Metlakatla is such a great community. When we were bringing the building into the community, it was really interesting to see people’s reaction,” said Blacker.

Blacker said plans are being arranged to hold an official opening ceremony for Metlakatla’s library in February.

Just Posted

EXCLUSIVE | Ron MacLean on Prince Rupert: “A kaleidoscope for the eyes”

Rogers Hometown Hockey host on Canucks, B.C.’s First Nations story and hockey’s new reflection phase

EXCLUSIVE: Kirk McLean on first time in Prince Rupert, changing nature of goaltending and Canucks outlook

Alex Kurial caught up with legendary Vancouver Canucks goaltender at Rogers Hometown Hockey

Adverse weather conditions lead to pair of ferry cancellations

Northern Expedition sailings from Prince Rupert and Skidegate affected

Rink ready, for the Rampage, minor hockey and more

Plenty of maintenance work ensures the Civic Centre’s ice surface is in pristine condition

EXCLUSIVE: Slone on Prince Rupert, working with MacLean and women in sports

Tara Slone, host of Rogers Hometown Hockey, sat down with reporter Alex Kurial for an interview

WEB POLL: Is hockey part of your identity as a Canadian?

Prince Rupert is Hometown Hockey! Is the sport part of your national identity?

The Northern View presents Santa Shops Here in Prince Rupert

More reasons to spend your shopping dollars locally

Fireballs to fill the sky Friday for brightest meteor shower of the year

Geminid meteor shower features colourful, brighter, longer shooting stars

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Terrace SAR headquarters in last stretch of fundraising

$400,000 dollars needed to finish $1.4 million project

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Most Read