Inclusive Spaces for All- Rick Hansen Foundation Certification (GOLD)

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Attention to Accessibility has always been at the heart of what we do. We are proud to share that Civic Centre Resource and Pleasant Ridge Library have received GOLD CERTIFICATION from the Rick Hansen Foundation in recognition for accessible design and facilities.

“Vaughan Public Libraries is happy to be a contributor to the City of Vaughan’s mission to creating fully accessible communities”, said Rose Savage, Chair of the Vaughan Public Library Board. “Our library branches are a place for those of all abilities, languages, ages and skill levels. We take pride in providing inclusive resources for everyone to enjoy when they enter a Vaughan library – whether it is for learning, reading or participating in our many programs”

We are pleased to receive the following message from Brad McCannell, VP, Access and Inclusion, Rich Hansen Foundation: “Congratulations to the City of Vaughan and Vaughan Public Libraries on achieving RHF Accessibility Certified Gold for three locations. Their leadership shows other municipalities across the country the advantages of developing inclusive spaces where people of all abilities can fully participate where we live, work, learn and play.”

A Wall of Nature and Whimsy at Pleasant Ridge Library

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A delightful scene will greet you now when you visit the Pleasant Ridge Library. A mural of birds, a tree and a cat have been added to the wall by the entrance to the Reading Garden. Stop by the library and see it for yourself!

Pleasant Ridge Library mural

The lovely mural above the Reading Garden entrance.

Did you notice the adorable cat above the doorway?





Signage for Pleasant Ridge Library has been added

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Lighted signage has been placed at Pleasant Ridge Library so you can conveniently find us day or night.

Pleasant Ridge Library signageCheck out the new sign and our previously mentioned benches–visit us today!

Benches and Bike Racks, oh my!

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Four benches and a bike rack have been added to the exterior of Pleasant Ridge Library.

Benches at Pleasant Ridge Library

Pleasant Ridge Library bike rack

Benches at Pleasant Ridge full viewEnjoy the lovely autumn weather–ride your bike to Pleasant Ridge Library and have a seat on our new benches. You will love them!

Pleasant Ridge Library’s Friendly, Wrapped Windows

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Have you seen the new window coverings along the walkway at Pleasant Ridge Library?

Window coverings at Pleasant Ridge Library

Window wraps at Pleasant Ridge Library

VPL’s graphic designer, Elyse, stands with her creation.

Elyse, senior graphic designer at VPL, and her creation

Remember, you can now join us at Pleasant Ridge Library on Fridays. We’re open 10 am – 6 pm. Visit us today!

Grass and Plants at Pleasant Ridge Library

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Pleasant Ridge Library is looking better than ever with new grass and plants put in outside of the library. Check out some great new photos below.


Pleasant Ridge Library Celebrated Its Grand Opening on April 26

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The Mayor, members of Council and of the Vaughan Public Library Board officially opened Pleasant Ridge Library on Sunday, April 26 at the Grand Opening Celebration. Hundreds of community members and their families enjoyed fun-filled activities such as face painting, balloon art, storytimes and meeting Buzz Lightyear.

Pleasant Ridge Grand Opening Celebration

From L to R: Aleksandra Dowiat-Vine, VPL Director of Planning & Communications; Joe Maio, President of Maystar General Contractors; Margie Singleton, VPL Chief Executive Officer; Devender Sandhu, VPL Board Chair; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; Michael McKenzie, former VPL Board Chair; Sandra Yeung Racco, Ward 4 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Maya Goldenberg, VPL Board Trustee & President of former Thornhill Woods Community Association; Gary McCluskie, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects; and Terri Watman, VPL Director of Service Delivery.

The Pleasant Ridge Library is the newest branch of Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL). It has been built as an addition to the North Thornhill Community Centre at 300 Pleasant Ridge Avenue.

In November 2013, it was announced that the library would be designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and built by Maystar General Contractors. A site dedication ceremony was held in December. Construction began in February, 2014 and was completed in December. The library opened to the public on December 20.

“It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Vaughan Public Libraries’ newest addition – the Pleasant Ridge Library. This vibrant new library provides a welcoming space for all Thornhill Woods residents. With many child-friendly features such as heated floors in the children’s area, interactive play units and early literacy stations, the library is especially a great place for children to learn and play. Like all VPL branches, Pleasant Ridge Library will enrich, inspire and transform the lives of many Vaughan citizens,” said Devender Sandhu, Chair, Vaughan Public Library Board.




Pleasant Ridge Library Official Grand Opening Celebration – Sunday, April 26

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Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) invites you to the official Grand Opening Celebration of Pleasant Ridge Library on Sunday, April 26.  Join us for an afternoon of family entertainment between 1:30 to 4 p.m. Enjoy music performed by the Thornhill Community Band, refreshments and family activities including special storytimes, meet with Buzz Lightyear, face painting and balloon art.

Pleasant Ridge Grand Opening

New interactive units for children arrived at Pleasant Ridge Library!

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Come check out the new interactive units for children that have just arrived at Pleasant Ridge Library! Bring your kids to the library and they’ll be able to enjoy these fun units.


Pleasant Ridge Library – New Furniture Arrived This Week!

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New furniture arrived at Pleasant Ridge Library this week! Check out the new couches!