Get to Know: Elgin Children’s Network (ECN)


Did you know?

The St. Thomas Public Library is a member of the Elgin Children’s Network (ECN).

What’s that, you ask?

ECN brings together a number of agencies and individuals from our local education, health and social services sectors.  Through the years, ECN has evolved to become an innovative and collaborative planning table.  As a group, we strive to put children and families at the centre of all discussions, decisions and actions.  The goal is to build communities where every child has the opportunity to be engaged, empowered, and to thrive.
Can you give me an example of something ECN has done?

Yes!  There are two examples, in fact. 

One: ECN was instrumental in the planning and development of the Northside Neighbourhood Hub.  The Hub is a public, accessible space where people can come together to Connect, Celebrate, Discover, Explore and Share. People can easily participate in a variety of free or low-cost activities, seek information about different services and supports in the community, sign up for a program offered right in their neighbourhood or simply drop-in to connect with a friend.  Check it out at 114 Confederation Drive or give them a call at 519-631-5182.  You can also find them on Facebook:

Two: ECN has also recently launched a website  The site is designed to connect parents and caregivers with people, places and resources that can help them.  Check it out today!

Why is it important for the library to be involved with ECN?

Sitting at the ECN table gives us a unique insight into the programs and services available for children and families around Elgin County.  We can share this information with library customers.  We can also use it to make sure our programs and services complement, and don’t duplicate, what’s already available in our community.  It also provides us with opportunities to expand the reach of library services.  For example, stay tuned to hear more about our new holds pick up location at the Hub!

Reason #63: We Proudly Own Local Art Donations

Reason #63 - We proudly own local art donations!

St. Thomas and Elgin County are blessed with an artistic community. As a “Community Hub,” St. Thomas Public Library is proud to display some of that amazing talent. Our “Art in the Library” program has hosted MANY local artists who use a variety of media to express themselves and as their creative outlet. Our monthly feature wall has displayed acrylics, watercolours, photography, mixed media, charcoal, spray paint, Copic markers, printmaking, and, well, you get the idea – everything but the kitchen sink. (Although, if someone used the kitchen sink as an art piece, we probably wouldn’t turn it away.)

But our featured art wall on the main level isn’t our only art feature. Several local artists and community members have donated original pieces, prints, and statues. We even have a stained glass piece! We invite everyone to tour all levels of the library, including the Board Room and foyer, to see our donated original artwork, prints, and statues. We’d especially like to thank the artists and the donors of the art pieces that proudly decorate our library.

Thank you to:

  • Artist St. Thomas Smith and donor Major Russel T. Rickwood
  • Helen E. Simpson
  • Artist Michael Kompf and donor John Kinnear
  • Photographer David A. White
  • Artist (statue creator) Rebecca Sisler
  • Prints by Jonathon Hayes and Mary Rose Sanderson donated by Lewis H. Gloin
  • Artist Mary Louise White
  • Artist Laura Woermke
  • Artist Darren Thompson
  • Stained glass artists Ted Goodden donated by Religious Society of Friends
  • Photographer Terri Scott

The library is SO much more than a warehouse for books. St. Thomas Public Library is also a place that promotes culture, creativity, and beauty through art. Sounds like a good reason to celebrate to me!

Kettle Creek Plants 1 Millionth Tree

KCCA celebrates One Million Trees            

St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) wants the community to help celebrate a significant milestone. In June 2013 KCCA will plant its one-millionth tree.

“Hundreds of landowners have helped us to reach this goal by retiring acres of land,” said Jeff Lawrence, KCCA’s forest and soils supervisor. “This is a success story for the whole community.”

The milestone is being marked with the launch of a new corporate logo for 2013. The tag line “One Million Trees” has been added together with a tree line with one larger, greener tree in the forefront.

“The logo will be used throughout 2013 as a visual reminder of our accomplishment,” said Luiza Moczarski, KCCA’s public relations supervisor. “After this year the logo will be used solely by our tree planting program.”

KCCA is also planning a number of special events leading up to the planting of the one-millionth tree in June, including a speaker’s series, art show and a contest to choose the species of the one-millionth tree. The full campaign and details on how the community can become involved will be revealed at the Authority’s Annual General Meeting on February 20, 2013 to be held at the St. Thomas Public Library, Carnegie Room, at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

“Dr. John Bacher, author of ‘Two Billion Trees and Counting’, a biography of Dr. Edmund Zavitz, the first provincial forester in Ontario, will be our guest speaker,” says Ms. Moczarski. “I think everyone will find the story of Dr. Zavitz, who saved Ontario from floods, erosion and fire, inspiring. We’ve planted one million trees but there is still more work to do.”

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For more information:
Luiza Moczarski
Public Relations Supervisor
519-631-1270 ext.224