Wawa Public Library

THE WAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY'S MISSION STATEMENT The Wawa Public Library is a community resource that offers equitable access to information and ideas that stimulate imagination and inquiry through literature and reference, for culture and commerce.


CONGRATULATIONS TO COLLEEN ON HER RETIREMENT!  After 9 amazing years working at the Wawa Public Library, Colleen has decided to enjoy life and retire. Colleen’s career in Wawa began more than 40 years ago as a Dental Assistant for the late        Dr. Mark Owen. After a number of years of assisting, Colleen decided to take a receptionist position at the Dental Office. As changes sometimes need to happen in life, Colleen made a career change in 2013 and began working as an Assistant Librarian at the Wawa Public Library. A few years later, the CEO/Head Librarian position opened up and Colleen successfully transitioned into this position. Colleen made some much-needed changes to the library and strived to make it a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for everyone to enjoy! After many years in Wawa and a wonderful and successful career, The Board and Staff of the Wawa Public Library would like to congratulate Colleen on her retirement. Best Wishes to you Colleen!

The Wawa Public Library would also like to announce that Suzie Jarrell will be the new CEO/Head Librarian. Suzie has been the Assistant Librarian for the past 6 years and is looking forward to the challenges and the opportunity to develop programs that will instill the love of reading and the library in all!

Please join us in welcoming Kayla Lamon as she begins her new career as Wawa Public Library’s Assistant Librarian. Kayla brings with her a love of crafts and reading and her computer knowledge will be an asset to patron’s technological needs.

Suzie and Kayla will continue to make the library a welcoming place for all!

Beautiful Artwork Donated to the Wawa Public Library

by Barb Fisher, photos supplied
It is with great pleasure that the Wawa Public Library has recently accepted the donations of artworks, paintings from the Shamess family and the late Mrs. Elsie Skinner.
Mrs. Skinner was a weekly user of the library for many years and introduced the Shamess siblings, her grandchildren, to the joys of books and the library system. Mrs. Skinner was also well known in the United Church circles as the organist and choirmaster for many years, and the Shamess’ s were longtime residents living here in Wawa for over 50 years. Charles Shamess graciously shipped the art work to the library where they would have a permanent home.
The Michael Cleary is an original watercolour and depicts ‘Old Woman Bay’, and the two paintings capture ‘Birches on Long Beach’ and ‘Turtle and Seagull Islands/Michipicoten Bay and Lighthouse Point’. According to the Shamess family, these paintings were done by Grace Goodall who stayed at the Shamess cottage on Long Beach Road on Lake Superior, not long after the Highway was completed from Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa. The artist left the paintings, one of them, ‘Birches on Long Beach’ about three quarters finished, for the Shamess family as a token of her appreciation. Some time later, Clee Campbell offered to finish the art piece. Also donated by the Shamess family is a small replica of the original ‘Wawa Goose Statue’, a Wawa Ontario Pennant, various Lake Superior history books and old cookbooks.
Our Library staff extends a hearty thankyou to Mrs. Elsie Skinner and the Shamess family for the wonderful donations in remembering our history. These items are now on display in our Library, and everyone is welcome to come in and view a bit of Wawa’s splendor on canvass.