News Local architects donate collection of books meant to ‘inspire’ to library SHARE ON: Stu Campaigne, staff Monday, Feb. 11th, 2019 North Bay Society of Architects members (L-R) Jeff De Decker, Ruth Elder, Judith Bouman, Andrew Bruce-Payne and Nathan Jensen. Photo supplied A donation of over 90 architecture-related books ranging from easy-reading children’s stories to manuals on building construction (and everything in between) has been made to the North Bay Public Library. The North Bay Society of Architects (NBSA), a non-profit organization comprised of local architects and architectural professionals, visited the North Bay Public Library Friday to present the collection valued at $1,500. The book donation was spearheaded by a member of the NBSA Executive, Jeff DeDecker, as a way for the group to support the local community. NBSA Chair Nathan Jensen said, “As architects, we’re grateful to practice in such a wonderful community and wanted to give back in some way. We’re excited this donation will provide a resource for both kids and adults to learn about architecture and design, and maybe even inspire someone to pursue a career in design or create a beautiful space.” The selection of donated books was developed together with the staff of the North Bay Public Library, to ensure the donation would appeal to a broad range of library visitors. In particular, the NBSA focused on selecting books written for children and teens. “Children and students are naturally creative and curious. The collection of books we were able to provide for the library will certainly serve as a valuable community resource for nurturing young minds and encouraging and promoting architecture and the architectural profession,” De Decker noted. The complete collection is expected to be in circulation by the end of the month. Interested library patrons are encouraged to visit the library for more information about the availability of the books. Established in 1960, The North Bay Society of Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of professionals within the Timiskaming, Nipissing and Parry Sound region. The membership includes local licensed architects and technologists, students of architecture and affiliates serving to further the recognition and understanding of architecture and the architectural profession, within the surrounding community.