The AGBU Alex Manoogian School in Montréal has officially unveiled its brand new, state-of-the-art library. Over 200 alumni and faculty gathered for the library’s recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, representing a school and a community that is only growing stronger almost 45 years after its founding.
The new facilities pay tribute to one of the school’s beloved educators, the late Manuel Keusseyan, a renowned intellectual whose memory lives on today among his family, students and faculty. When plans for the library were first proposed last spring, alumnus and benefactor Kevin Torudag agreed to support the project on one condition: it honored his favorite teacher. At the inaugural event, Torudag, who grew up under the AGBU umbrella, participating in scouts groups and Camp Nubar, spoke of the positive impact that Keusseyan and the school had on his life.
The library will allow students to create and learn while taking advantage of the latest technologies. Already outfitted with dozens of iPads, it will soon house countless digital books and databases in Armenian, English and French. The multipurpose design retractable screens and tables easily transform the room into a conference hall was envisioned by Houry Avedissian, founder of Ha2 Architecture Design.
The Manuel Keusseyan Library is part of the AGBUAlex Manoogian School’s broader efforts to expand. In the fall, the school’s daycare center completed renovations of its playground with equipment donated by the AGBU Toronto Chapter.