Our Mission

To inspire lifelong learning, provide equitable access to information, advance knowledge and strengthen our community.

Our Vision

An informed, engaged, creative & connected community.

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.

Our Goals

  • Improve Infrastructure at both branches.
  • Strengthen our volunteer base.
  • Support staff training.
  • Create an innovative funding plan.
  • Pursue financial & working partnerships.
  • Increase collaborative efforts.

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Have a question? Contact us!

Have a suggestion? Reference or other information request? Comment? Please phone or send us an email. A librarian will respond as soon as possible (can take 2-3 days). Phone Almonte branch (open 7 days a week) at 613 256-1037 or Pakenham branch at 613 624-5306 to reach a librarian nearly immediately!

Administration

Christine Row

Chief Executive Officer

Role of the Board

The Mississippi Mills Public Library Board has a Board of Trustees composed of seven (7) to nine (9) individuals, the majority being representatives of the community and one (1) member of Council. Trustees are appointed by the Municipality of Mississippi Mills Council for a term of four (4) years.

The role of the MMPL Board is to provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service that reflects the community’s unique needs. The Board is an independent body and is not a Committee of the Municipal Council. Although it is an independent body, it works with the municipality to ensure the community has a library that serves community needs of today and for the future. The Board is there to make sure the library is properly run under the management of the CEO/Chief Librarian. More information on the relationship of the Board and the municipality can be found here.

Board Members

The 2023-2026 board members are:

Vicki Lowe, Councillor

Barbara Button, Chair

Leanne Czerwinski, Vice Chair

Alison Ball

Jeff Fraser

Emma Kinsman

Mary Lumsden

Cathy Peacock

Warren Thorngate

Members can be reached via email: board@missmillslibrary.com

Board Meeting Minutes

Board meeting minutes can be found here.

How we communicate with you

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) came into effect on July 1, 2014. The Mississippi Mills Public Library Board is committed to complying with CASL and its requirements. Essentially, we will seek your consent to send you electronic messages (EMs) including:

  • Library notices regarding overdue library materials or fines
  • Notification regarding holds or interlibrary loan pickup up
  • Library newsletters, fliers, promotional materials, reminders and other library publications
  • Library programme or registration information; event/seminar invitations; contests

Library policies

Our policies are being updated. If you would like to review any policy please contact either branch of the Library: 613-256-1037 or 613-624-5306. Thank you!

Library Plans & Reports

Accessibility Plan 2015-2019
Strategic Plan 2017-2026

MMPL Annual Report 2021

MMPL Annual Report 2020

Berta Madrigal Abaroa, Manager of Public Services. Looking for title suggestions? Berta reads graphic novels for all ages.

Jill McCubbin, Manager of Technical Services. Looking for title suggestions? Jill reads Canadian & international fiction and non-fiction.

Sarah Reside, Children’s Programmer & Librarian Assistant, both branches.

Judi Bowe, Librarian Assistant & Visiting Library Services, both branches. Looking for title suggestions? Judi reads a very wide variety of mysteries.

Brenda Woodhall, Librarian Assistant, both branches. Looking for title suggestions? Brenda reads a variety of romance novels.

Sheila Robertson, Librarian Assistant, Pakenham branch

Margo Hay-Goodings, Librarian Assistant, Almonte branch, weekends

Megan Gaiero, Technology Assistant, Tech Tutor & Librarian Assistant, both branches

Thanks Almonte & District Horticultural Society for the beautiful Almonte branch gardens!

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Mississippi Mills Public Library (FMMPL) is a fundraising group that works to support & promote the services of the Mississippi Mills Public Library.

Run by dedicated volunteers, FMMPL helps the library meet its goal of creating a strong library community in Mississippi Mills.

We welcome your donations! If you want to support the Library by making a financial donation please contact friends@missmillslibrary.com.  Please make cheques payable to Friends of the Mississippi Mills Public Library. Cash donations can be made at either the Almonte Branch or the Pakenham Branch of the library. Any donation of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt. Also, please visit the Friends’ FriendShop initiative! Or join the MM Public Library Friends Facebook Group!

Anyone is welcome to join FMMPL through annual membership of $10/person or $25/corporate membership. FMMPL is always looking for new, enthusiastic friends to help support their fundraising efforts. Please contact friends@missmillslibrary.com to join today or download the NEW Friends brochure and membership form or the FMMPL Annual Report 2022.

Volunteers

MMPL Volunteers expand and enhance public services within our community. As a volunteer you provide important support services to staff and/or work on special projects. You learn more about the library and its place in the community and observe first-hand how the library serves community needs.

Activities are as varied as delivering books to homebound patrons, assisting with seed lending library events, shelf reading, helping with the annual book sale and lots of other fun possibilities. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.

If interested, please fill out the online application form here: https://form.jotform.com/233604378034252

After submitting this form, you are included in the Library’s Volunteer List. You will receive emails as new volunteer opportunities become available. You only need to reply to offers if you are interested and, at any time, you can request to be removed from the list.

All activities are supervised by library staff. A Vulnerable Sector Check is not necessary for most activities, and staff will help you obtain the necessary documents only when needed. Please call Berta at 613-256-1037 or email babaroa@mississippimills.ca for more information.