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Poetry Thing…HAPPENING!

poetry2 (159x217)Wednesday, April 29, 2015; 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Hey writers, poets and fans of sonnets and spoken word poetry, if you’re free this Wednesday,  come check out the Poetry Thing…HAPPENING! This is our third annual Open Mic Poetry Night, in celebration of Poetry Month.

Bring a poem or two to share, or just come and enjoy! The atmosphere is relaxed and supportive, and light refreshments are available (donations appreciated). All ages are welcome.

Sign-up starts at 7:00 pm; take the stage 7:15 – 9:00 pm

Time limit 3 – 10 minutes; 1 or 2 poems

Partial image from http://comesitbythehearth.blogspot.ca/p/on-poetry.html
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Library Seeks New Chief Executive Officer

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library is currently seeking to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer. For more information about the position and the application process, please read the job description (pdf). Additional details may also be found in the this CEO Job Profile (pdf).

Deadline for applications is Friday, May 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

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Arts and Culture Forum

Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Arts and Culture Forum
Monday, May 11, 2015; 7:00 pm
Zima Room

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury would like to encourage residents to come together to share their thoughts on a variety of cultural and social topics. Forums are intended to be an open sharing of ideas without an agenda or pre-determined goal. All members of the public are welcome to attend the Arts and Culture Forum and join the conversation – no membership or registration required.

For more information, contact:

Clerks Division
100 Dissette Street, Units 7 and 8
Bradford, ON L3Z 2A7

Email: admin@townofbwg.com

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Danny – an NFB Film Club Presentation

Join us on the next two Tuesdays for free screenings of the NFB documentary Danny. This film profiles Danny Williams, the charismatic and unflinching Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 2003 to 2010. By the time he left office, he had become the most popular—and controversial—Canadian politician of his era. Laced with humour and revealing backroom anecdotes, Danny tells the story of how Williams took on prime ministers and Big Oil to ensure that benefits from the province’s abundant natural resources flowed back to its people.

Tuesday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm 
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Library CEO Liz Fenwick Announces Retirement

It is with a mixture of happiness (for her) and sadness (for us) that we announce the retirement of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library’s Chief Executive Officer Liz Fenwick. Liz has served the Library and the greater Bradford community admirably as CEO since 1998. Liz officially leaves us as of July 31, 2015.

Library Board Chair Milt Calder says that “Liz’s vision and leadership has guided the staff and entire collection into its new home, the state-of-the-art environmentally friendly building that services the town’s growing population with more programs than ever before. We have big shoes to fill.”

One of Liz’s key contributions to Bradford has undoubtedly been our relocation to the beautiful building on Holland Street West. Through her vision, encouragement and support, the Library thrives in this new home as a community hub offering a wide range of programs and services, not to mention a great collection for the enjoyment of all.

When asked her thoughts, Liz said “it has been my pleasure to serve the community for 17 years in my role as CEO of this wonderful library and cultural centre; both very rewarding and stimulating. I have had the privilege of leading staff and the volunteers who work so hard to make this library the accessible-to-all, imaginative place that it is.”

When asked to reflect on Liz’s pending retirement, Deputy CEO Nina Cunniff said, “during the 10-plus years I have been working at the BWG Library, Liz has been a generous mentor to me. I have appreciated her support and encouragement through the many changes and challenges we have faced. We will miss Liz, but understand that she is ready to move into the next “chapter” in the story of her life.”

Liz and former Mayor Doug White opening a new chapter in Library service in Bradford (June 3, 2011). Photography by Jim Craigmyle

Over the years, Liz has maintained her strong ties to the profession through organizations such as the Ontario Library Association (OLA), the Administrators of Medium-size Public Libraries of Ontario (AMPLO), the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), and the Human Resources Network of Ontario Libraries (HRNOL). She is also the Past Chair of the Chief Librarian’s Committee of the Simcoe County Cooperative Library.

We will all miss Liz and her sense of community, leadership and humour tremendously, but wish her all the best in her retirement. We know that we will see her frequently as she transitions to this new phase by joining her husband Doug in a happy and busy retirement.

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