This morning The Bookshelf held a press conference to share our wonderful news! Here is what the Bookshelf President, Ben Minett had to say:
We have some very exciting news to share with the world today. Over the past few years, The Bookshelf has been investigating ways to make our entire complex fully accessible to the public. Last March, we applied for a Federal Enabling Accessibility Grant valued at $100,000. We are very happy to announce that we received the grant!
It has always been a goal of The Bookshelf to be fully accessible to everyone. This grant has given us the opportunity to allow access to our licensed cinema and ebar and green room space to all.
For those not familiar with our licensed Bookshelf Cinema cinema, it has 130 seats and has played thousands of movies over its over 30 years in operation. The The eBar has an excellent sound system and holds rock shows, burlesque shows, DJ nights, book readings, paint nights, and many other culturally interesting events, including private parties. When we complete our renovation, a cultural melding will take place. We will be moving our cinema concessions to the dining area of the ebar, thus creating a cinema lounge that will serve great food for movie goers and bar patrons alike.
I would like to thank Cort Egan and Tara Sutton and the Elevate Guelph fundraising committee for believing in our project and making it a reality, our MP Lloyd Longfield, and Project Officer Isabelle Hebert of the National Grants and Delivery Centre, and our Endorsees. I would also like to extend gratitude to the Bookshelf staff who have supported us through our many iterations and changes over the years, and to our loyal customers for their continued patronage in their explorations of music, culture, books, movies, art…
The Friends of the Bookshelf have started a GoFundMe page for anyone who would like to contribute.
This is what they have to say about The Bookshelf:
Since 1973, The Bookshelf has been Guelph’s cultural cornerstone. An independent bookstore, cinema, resto-bar and meeting place, it is vital to Guelph’s creative and community spirit. However, many people are excluded: People with disabilities and many seniors cannot climb the stairs or access all the facilities.
We want to enable everyone to participate in our cultural community. Building an elevator, accessible washrooms and wheelchair access to the Bookshelf Cinema, Greenroom and eBar will invite our entire community to participate.
The Government of Canada has recognized this need with a generous $100,000 grant from its Enabling Accessibility Fund. The Bookshelf is investing $100,000. That leaves the community to raise the additional $100,000 needed for this $300,000 infrastructure project.
Through a generous gift of $50,000 from community members, Kim and Stu Lang, we are already 50% to our goal of $100,000.
Your investment will elevate our entire community, allowing everyone to enjoy book readings, films, concerts, Truth and Reconciliation gatherings with Indigenous communities, LGBTQ+ events, lectures, dances, discussions and more.
Let’s elevate Guelph.