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Title: Mississauga Valley Branch Library, Official Opening, 1980
Identifier: P938
Date of Original Photo: 1980
Date Built: 1979
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Public libraries - Ontario - Mississauga
Location: 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd.

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Description: Photo shows Ruth Konrad, former Chief Librarian, her husband, Zygmunt, and Ann Eddie, at the official opening of the Mississauga Valley Branch Library in January 1980. In May 1974 the Deputy City Clerk notified the Mississauga Library Board of a public meeting to be held at the end of that month to discuss the master plan for the proposed Mississauga Valleys Community Centre complex. The Chief Librarian and the Board Chairman attended this meeting. By February of 1975 the architectural firm of Dunlop, Farrow & Aitken, which had been chosen to design the complex, made a presentation to the Board and library staff on the preliminary design plans for a complex to serve a population of 50,000. The cost estimate at this time was $5,700,000 and the plans included an arena, library, auditorium and meeting rooms, restaurant, health club, day-care centre, outdoor pond and skating rink, playgrounds, a major sports field, tennis courts, with the buildings joined together by a central mall area and walk-through gallery. Completion was projected for October 1976, and the cost for the library operation would be approximately $40 a square foot plus the architectural fees. The Board discussed the actual cost of the library portion which, at $450,000 for the actual building plus architects' fees and furniture costs, plus $100,000 for an initial book collection, would total $700,000. The Library Board voted to accept the plan in principle and approved the sketch plans of the library's portion of the Mississauga Valleys Community Centre. In November the architects reported on changes to the design plan. The library was now re-assigned to the upper level and interior changes dictated a new approach to the actual layout. However, due to operating budget restrictions the opening of the new Mississauga Valley branch was delayed, even though the Community Centre was officially opened September 22, 1979. At the December 1978 Library Board meeting it was decided that the Mississauga Valley branch would not open before the Spring of 1980. In November 1979 the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of the 52nd Mississauga Scouters held a paperback drive to collect books for the Mississauga Valley branch which then had a collection of 8,000 books for a population of 12,000 residents. This community effort gained the branch another 5,000 books for its scheduled opening on January 2, 1980, and the Mississauga News described the new branch as the "Library that PEOPLE built". On January 26, 1980 Mayor Hazel McCallion presided at the official opening of 10,000 square foot Mississauga Valley Library at which over 1,000 people were present.
Agency: Mississauga Library System
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