Halifax Central Library Official Groundbreaking Event
On Monday, November 7, residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality got one step closer to a new library. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence; the Honourable John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations; and His Worship Peter Kelly, HRM; officially broke ground on the Halifax Central Library.
Elder Emmett Peters from the Mi’kmaq community opened the event with a prayer, followed by drumming and singing in Mi’kmaq by Nathan Sack. Philip Moscovitch, the Master of Ceremonies and chair of the Halifax Regional Library Board, then made some opening remarks and invited the elected officials to speak.
“Our government is proud to invest in infrastructure projects that create jobs, strengthen communities, and contribute to the local economy,” said Minister MacKay. “We are very pleased to support the Halifax Central Library. Thanks to a lot of hard work over the last two years, this new state-of-the-art facility will enrich the lives of local families for many years to come.”
“Libraries continue to be important public institutions that inspire learning and knowledge, and empower people,” said Minister MacDonell. “Our new Halifax Central Library will be a landmark for downtown and a great public space for the community to gather. It will attract visitors from all parts of the region and will help make life better for Nova Scotia families.”
“The people of HRM have shared the dream of a new Central Library for a long time,” said Mayor Kelly. “I am honoured to participate here today as we take one more step toward making it a reality.”
Minister MacKay, Minister MacDonell and Mayor Kelly then unveiled the most recent rendering of the Halifax Central Library and donned some safety gear to take a tour of the site. About 100 people attended the event and had a piece of cake, which was also decorated with the most recent rendering of the library.
- Minister MacKay, Minister MacDonell, Mayor Kelly and Halifax Public Libraries CEO Judith Hare in front of the most recent rendering of the Halifax Central Library
- Elder Emmett Peters
- Nathan Sack drumming & singing
- Minister MacKay, Minister MacDonell, Mayor Kelly and Terry Gallagher, manager of Infrastructure & Facility Development for HRM prepare to take a tour of the site
- M.C. Philip Moscovitch, chair of the Halifax Regional Library Board