SOUTH MOUNTAIN — There has been a library operating in the Village of South Mountain since 1905.
In 2014, as part of the celebration the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the South Mountain Library Resource Centre, the Elizabeth Earl Award was instituted. The annual award recognized the contribution made by a group or individual to the cause of literacy and learning in our community. The recipient(s) are awarded $250.00, to be donated to a literacy-enhancing charity of their choice.
The inaugural winner was Maegan Wall, a teen library volunteer. In 2015 the recipients were the five women who campaigned in 1972 for the library to be located in the schoolhouse on Lough Rd., and subsequently ran it for years without paid staff. Last year the award went posthumously to former Mayor Alvin Runnalls. The community of South Mountain would not have a library today without his support for the construction of the new facility, which opened in 2009.
This year the Friends wish to recognize the contribution of Jean Milne, a retired teacher and volunteer at two local elementary schools. Jean works one-on-one with students to establish their current reading levels, enabling teachers to focus help where it is needed.
The award was presented at the South Mountain Library Resource Centre on Thursday June 15 at an event celebrating Seniors Month and Canada 150. A panel of longtime residents of Mountain Township regaled the audience with stories of the colourful history of our community.