Two women wearing masks and holding books stand in front of large bookshelf

Petawawa Public Library CEO Lisa Worobec and Elizabeth Pombiere, Programmer for children and teens, stand in front of a display of French books. These books were purchased with a $3,000 grant from Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO). (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

CEPEO grant used to expand French
language collection at Petawawa Library

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday November 4, 2021

Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) has sponsored the purchase of French language books for the Petawawa Public Library.

The $3,000 grant was used to stock the shelves with 163 books for children and young adults.

Most are written by French Canadian authors, but some of the books are translations of popular novels that delight even the most discerning of readers.

“It was the right time as we’ve been receiving more interest in our French collection,” said Elizabeth Pombiere, Programmer for Children and Teens. “We’ve seen an increase in the last few months in French books getting checked out.”

More parents are understanding the benefits of a second language for their child’s education, and there are many newly posted families whose first language is French.

The expansion will help feed that growing need, as prior to the grant, the French section was relatively slim.

All CEPEO purchased books are on a specific shelf in the kids’ section, a bright green sticker on its spine. In six months, when they are mixed in with the rest of the collection, they will have a sticker proclaiming, “This French-language reading material is provided by the École élémentaire et secondaire publique l’Équinoxe.”