Ontario Public libraries offer more than just books—they offer community
The Ontario Library Association asked libraries to tell us about the unique services that make them special to their local communities.
Here are just a few examples of what Ontario Libraries provide to their patrons:
Grimbsy Public Library: The Grimbsy Grows Seed Lending Library
Each spring patrons borrow seeds from the library and after harvest, seeds are returned! This educational project fosters community resilience and healthy eating..
Grimbsy Public Library
Thunder Bay Public Library: TackleShare Partnership
This partnership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters gets young people geared up with fully-rigged fishing rods and reels along with basic tackle. Thunder Bay Public Library has walking poles for adults, too!
Thunder Bay Public Library
Chatham-Kent Public Libraries: Handy Gadgets
Chatham-Kent Public library partnered with the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit to provide pedometers in conjunction with walking programs. The library also helps patrons become more energy efficient by lending energy meters.
Chatham-Kent Public Library
Oshawa Public Library: GM Repair Manuals
Their complete collection of General Motors repair manuals helps patrons fix their own cars and serves as a reminder of the city's heritage.
Oshawa Public Library
Newmarket Public Library: GPS Units and Geocaching
The Newmarket Public Library loans Global Positioning Systems to help track down treasures left by fellow geocachers in a fun, ongoing treasure hunt.
Newmarket Public Library
Georgina Public Libraries: eBooks and eReader Help
Georgina Public Libraries offers patrons a collection of eBooks that can be checked out anytime, anywhere. Librarians are always ready to provide friendly eReader help!
Georgina Public Libraries
Whitby Public Library: Swim & Skate Passes
By checking out a Swim & Skate Pass, patrons gain free access to a public skate or swim in the Town of Whitby.
Whitby Public Library
North Perth Public Library: Green Umbrellas
If it's ever raining in North Perth, the Library keeps patrons dry by loaning its signature Green umbrellas.
North Perth Public Library
Waterloo Public Library: Book & Quilt Kits
Waterloo Public Library brings traditions of the past to the little ones of the future with its Book & Quilt Kits.
Waterloo Public Library
Powassan & District Union Public Library: Identiflyer Ultras
Powassan & District Union Public Library loans Identiflyer Ultras. To find out what this is, attend one of the library's monthly birding meetings!
Powassan & District Union Public Library
Other Innovative Community Programs at the Library
Brantford Public Library: Skate Exchange Program
Brantford Public Library runs a skate exchange in partnership with Brantford Parks & Recreation. The library also runs Skate & Movie Nights.
Brantford Public Library
Essex County Public Library: College for Seniors
Essex County Library holds classes for Seniors in partnership with the University of Windsor’s Canterbury College. From family history to butchering, a wealth of human knowledge is shared by program volunteers.
Essex County Public Library
Penetanguishene Public Library: Shared Jigsaw Puzzle Table
One of the special features of Penetanguishene Public Library is a jigsaw puzzle table in a sunny corner of the library. Patrons work together to complete a puzzle then picks another from the collection.
Penetanguishene Public Library
Innisfil Public Library: Hands-On Maker Projects and Experiences
Innisfil Public Library is taking craft time to a whole level! Hands-On Maker Projects include everything from brush-bots and squishy circuits to stop-animation filmmaking and homemade instruments! The library even has a 3D printer!
Innisfil Public Library
Bruce Mines and Plummer Additional Union Public Library: Local Archives
Every community has a unique history. The virtual museum, "Bruce Mines: A History of Copper" allows the community to share its stories with the world.
Bruce Mines and Plummer Additional Union Public Library