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Delta throwback: Community finally gets its own library

The amenity was initially called the Centennial Library
The new library opened in 1972, thanks in big part to the fundraising efforts of George Thomas Mackie.

Let’s head back to the January 1972 pages of the Optimist to check out this photo of Philip Knight (right), president of Compass Properties of Vancouver, presenting Mrs. George Mackie with a sheaf of flowers following ceremonies in which the company turned the North Delta Centennial Library over to the ’71 Delta Centennial Committee.

Also pictured is her son, Raymond Mackie.

The late George Mackie had been an active member of the committee in obtaining the new facility for North Delta, but he died a week before the building was completed.

The library would be part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library system and turned over to the municipality.

The 3,500-square-foot library space was eventually too small to serve the North Delta population. In 1983 a larger, 11,400-square-foot library opened nearby. The name was changed to the George Mackie Library to honour his dedication to the project.