HANTSPORT, N.S. — The community of Hantsport rang in the new year with a traditional levee and the unveiling of new artwork at the Isabel and Roy Jodrey Memorial Library.
The Sircom family donated five original watercolours by the late Alan Creighton to the library and by the end of 2017, the artwork was framed and ready to be hung by the Friends of the Hantsport Public Library (FHPL).
“The library is also named after Isabel and Roy Jodrey. It is a memorial library dedicated in their honour so supporting local people, past and present, is really very important to us,” said Susan Oickle-Shano, the FHPL chairperson.
Incorporating the artistic offerings was a fitting tribute to the artist, poet, author, and businessman, she said.
“To have the privilege of having five of Alan Creighton's watercolours in the library is certainly part of our mandate to support local artists and local people,” she said.
Creighton was born in Halifax in 1903 and died in 2003, when he was 99 years old. He was well-known in both Nova Scotia (Halifax and Hantsport, in particular) and in Toronto, where he spent much of his adult years.
Oickle-Shano said the FHPL are always looking for ways to engage more people and are looking forward to what 2018 will bring.
“We're very dedicated to sponsoring programs that will bring different groups of people, with different interests and different ages, into the library. We've really, really seen a lot of support,” said Oickle-Shano, adding that their membership numbers continue to increase.
The library, she says, is “really filling the need for a community centre and a community hub, which was our great desire that that would happen.”
Later this month, the FHPL will be helping with the Hantsport Winter Carnival and in April, they're going to sponsor another community talent showcase.
“We're here to offer a lot of programs. For instance, there's a writer's workshop program that is starting... at the library (on Jan. 4),” said Oickle-Shano. “There's lots of teen support programs; there's an adult book club that meets the first Saturday of the month. There's a lot of preschool reading programs that are available. We're really branching out that way.”
West Hants Warden Abraham Zebian attended the levee Jan. 1 and commended the community for being such engaged citizens that take an interest in promoting and supporting the former town.
“We're really ecstatic to have Hantsport as part of the municipality now. I say it many times at council – I think of you as very engaged. I use you as an example for the rest of the county. It's the best example we could have so I thank you guys for that,” said Zebian.
The warden said council accomplished a lot of good things in 2017 and says they're committed to working with community partners to make 2018 the best it can be.
“We did a lot of good work but a lot remains to be done so I think that will be our resolution for this year,” he told the crowd gathered at the levee.
If you go
The Isabel and Roy Jodrey Memorial Library is located at 10 Main St. in Hantsport.
It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
To learn more, visit www.valleylibrary.ca; the Friends of the Hantsport Public Library Facebook page, or call 902-684-0103.