New Brunswick Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Francine Landry was in Edmundston yesterday for the first Sunday opening of the city library

Landry visited the Mgr. W.J. Conway Public Library in Edmundston on May 1 to celebrate the new Sunday openings of five libraries around the province.

From left: Stéphane Dupuy, director of the library; Landry; Stéphanie Bergeron, reference librarian; Mélanie Renée Cyr, library assistant; Nadine Beaulieu, circulation supervisor; Tanya Eindiguer, librarian with young adult and adult services; and April Levesque, library clerk.

Landry says the pilot project is intended to further promote literacy in New Brunswick.

Starting May 1, the Saint John Free Public Library, Fredericton Public Library, Moncton Public Library, Campbellton Centennial Library and Mgr. W.J. Conway Public Library in Edmundston will be open every day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will also be open two evenings a week.

Landry says the provincial government will invest about $900,000 each year to cover increased staffing costs arising from the expanded service. Partner municipalities will continue to pay the cost of operating the library facilities.