Longtime St. George’s librarian honoured

Christopher Vaughan
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There was much to celebrate at St. George’s Public Library last week.

The late Zita McDonnell was honoured with a plaque recognizing the significant contribution she made to the local library and community.

“Zita started volunteering in the 1960s when the library was operated by the Sisters of Mercy,” said Elton White, chairperson of the local library board.

“She then stocked the shelves with books when the town’s library was installed in the St. George’s municipal building in November of 1967. She was the first librarian when the facility officially opened on Dec. 1 and stayed there until she retired on March 17, 1988.”

Ms. McDonnell died in 2009 at the age of 96, so her daughter Louise Hines and son Jack McDonnell were on hand for the plaque presentation.

“I think it’s wonderful that my mother has been honored in this way,” said Ms. Hines.

Three local children then helped unveil the library’s recently created “Kiddies World.” Miguel Falle, Bree Parsons and Alyssa Young cut a ribbon to officially open this new book section.

Odelle Garnier also presented a scenic nature painting to Mr. White that will hang on a library wall. This is the second painting Ms. Garnier has donated to the facility.

Mr. White noted current librarian Heather Parsons is active in the community, visiting the Kindergarten class at Our Lady of Mercy School for a “Story Time” reading session each week.

He also said St. George’s Public Library has many services available and he invites area residents to drop by and see what the local library has to offer.

Organizations: Kiddies World, Mercy School, Public Library

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