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