From the East Coast to the West Coast, Canadian public libraries are connecting with their communities
Halifax Public Libraries wanted to involve as many people as possible in the public consultation process for the new Central Library. In addition to the five large public meetings, Library staff and architects met with a number of special interest groups to ensure that we are hearing the voices of a wide cross-section of customers and citizens.
Edmonton Public Library -Kids explore Little Bits and other maker equipment at an outdoor community event
Edmonton Public Library – Families enjoy an impromptu storytime at the Pop Up Library in a local bank
Edmonton Public Library – Sean Chinnery (left) and Andrew Davidchuk in the EPL Makerspace, working on program planning for EPL’s new Literacy Vans for under-served neighbourhoods
Halifax Public Libraries – Keshen Goodman Branch. As part of the library’s Opening Doors project a Community Advisory Committee was formed, with library staff and community members collaborating to bring citizens and cultural groups together. A small but growing Bhutanese community, one of the newest immigrant communities in Halifax, participated in a week-long celebration of immigrant culture.
Vancouver Public Library at the National Aboriginal Day celebration, Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Library staff give away books, resolve library account issues, and work with community member to design and produce buttons.
Vancouver Public Library – Librarian Suzy Arbor during a toddler Mother Goose storytime at the Killarney Community Centre.
Halifax Public Libraries – Human Library Day 2013 at the Keshen Goodman Library, in partnership with CBC Halifax. Bringing community members together to tell their stories.
Halifax Public Libraries – Community Librarian Amanda Fullerton, collaborating with the community and exploring innovative ways to bring library services to a rural area of the municipality.
Vancouver Public Library – Library Technician Marcus Mendes reads aloud to seniors in a local care home. These readings came out of requests from patrons of our Outreach Services department (which provides books and other materials to patrons who have limited mobility and/or require assistive services)
Halifax Public Libraries – As part of the library’s Opening Doors project a Community Advisory Committee was formed, with library staff and community members collaborating to bring citizens and culture groups together. During a week-long immigrant cultural celebration, community members set up a traditional Middle Eastern living room in the Keshen Goodman Library
Halifax Public Libraries – Musquodoboit Harbour branch. A community of knitters from several communities needed a common space where they could collaborate on a project. This was mentioned to library staff, who immediately saw the opportunity to not only provide a workspace where the knitters were able to meet over a two month period, but also as a safe space where their work could be showcased.
Vancouver Public Library’s Free-for-All public consultation
Edmonton Public Library – Megan Wilson delivering a program at the EPL Squared Celebration
Vancouver Public Library at the Carnegie Alley Health Fair. Originally funded by a grant to deliver computer workshops on health, the project morphed into a street fair – a more informal and appropriate way of facilitating the sharing of health information by and for community members