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Joint Press Release

In a joint statement today, the Stratford Public Library (SPL) and Performing Arts Lodge Stratford (PAL Stratford) announced that the Chalmers Public Theatre Resource Collection and the Richard Monette Library would move to PAL Stratford, located at 101 Brunswick Street, in the New Year.

In 1990 the Floyd S. Chalmers Foundation provided an endowment to create the Chalmers Public Theatre Resource Collection at SPL. The collection became an important community resource for works on history, criticism, and stage craft for students, tourists, and professional practitioners.

However, as online research resources became available, there was a sharp decline in the use of the collection. Due to the limited space available in the Library, a careful “tough love” decision had to be made and a new home for the Chalmers Collection needed to be found.

The question then came to the Board of PAL Stratford. “While there is much detail to be worked out as to physical accommodation and public access, in its deliberation on the matter, the unanimous Board consensus was that the collection must not leave Stratford” said John David Sterne, PAL Stratford Board President. “PAL is not only a residence, it is a centre for social gatherings and supporting professional artistic pursuits. The guardianship of the collection will improve the services that PAL is able to provide to our local community of theatre professional, and will foster new relationships with other researchers that seek out this material. Our volunteers will curate, cultivate, edit and open the collection when needed.” Sterne said.

In addition to the Chalmers Public Theatre Resource Collection, SPL is transferring the Richard Monette Library to the PAL Stratford location. This includes Monette’s personal collection of theatre-related materials, signed gifts and materials with his own marginalia. This collection was donated to SPL in 2008 but was not catalogued for use by the public due to space constraints. “We are delighted that the materials from the Chalmers and Monette collections will be used and appreciated,” said SPL CEO Julia Merritt. “Transferring these collections offers both organizations an opportunity for future growth and the Library couldn’t be more pleased.” For further information, please contact by email:

 
   
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