Vellore Village Library Recognized in American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase

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Once again, one of Vaughan Public Libraries’ locations was recognized for its exceptional and innovative architecture! Vellore Village Library, our tenth and newest branch, was featured in the American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase as one of 13 top libraries in the United States and Canada. The library was recognized for its visionary and interesting infrastructure that provides exciting spaces to address library user needs for community learning, gathering and creating.
A mix of public, academic, school and special libraries that were completed between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 were recognized for the 2019 Library Designs. The highlighted projects are available to view in the American Libraries September/October magazine’s issue.

Vellore Village Library Exterior

Vellore Village Library beautiful interior architect


Vellore Village Library outdoor sitting patio


Reading spaces filled with abundant natural light with various seating options



Colourful, new window coverings at Vellore Village Library

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Check out the windows on the west side of the Vellore Village Library! Fourteen windows have been covered with photos, approximately 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide, of actual customers at the library.

Made of micro perforated vinyl, the window coverings allow for one-way vision from the inside. Designed with the community in mind, all images depict various resources that are available at Vellore Village Library.

Vellore Village Library windows

Vellore Village Library windows

Vellore Village Library windows

Vellore Village Library windows

Vellore Village Library windows

Vellore Village Library windows

The red ribbon has been cut; Vellore Village Library is officially open!

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It was a beautiful, sunny day to officially open the Vellore Village Library on September 22. Thanks to all of those who joined in the celebration!


Vaughan Public Library Board Chair, Devender Sandhu, engaging the crowd.

Ribbon cutting

The official ribbon cutting ceremony (left to right): Aleksandra Dowiat Vine, VPL Director of Growth & Communications; Andrew Gortat, Principal Architect at ZAS Architects + Interiors; Devender Sandhu, Vaughan Public Library Board Chair; Margie Singleton, VPL Chief Executive Officer; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; Ward 3 Councillor and VPL Board Trustee Rosanna DeFrancesca; John Appugliesi, President and CEO of Jasper Construction Company and Lisa McDonough, VPL Director of Customer Experience.

City of Vaughan Mayor and Members of Council with the Vaughan Public Library Board

City of Vaughan Mayor and Members of Council with the Vaughan Public Library Board.

STEAM activities

STEAM activities enjoyed by all.

Music entertainment by Sonshine & Broccoli

Music entertainment by Sonshine & Broccoli.

Young boy

Mom and daughter reading

Children with STEAM activities

Family with Scaredy Squirrel

Girls leaning on book shelves

Family with popcorn

VPL Staff










































































For more highlights from the day, visit VPL’s Facebook page or view our video on YouTube.

September 22, 2018: Grand Opening Celebration of Vellore Village Library!

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Join us on Saturday, September 22 for Vaughan Public Libraries’ (VPL) Grand Opening Celebration of its tenth location, the Vellore Village Library at 1 Villa Royale Avenue, attached to the Vellore Village Community Centre. The official ceremony and ribbon cutting begins at 9:30 a.m.

Vellore Village Library Grand Opening Celebration

A fun-filled day is planned with family entertainment, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., including singing duo Sonshine & Broccoli, Magic by X.Ray  family storytime, STEAM activities, refreshments, and a visit with Scaredy Squirrel. Click here for a schedule of events.

Special thanks goes to our Grand Opening Celebration sponsor, COBS Bread.

Vellore Village Library is now open!

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Thanks to all who joined us on Saturday, August 11 as the doors of Vellore Village Library were opened to the public. Over 1,600 people visited the library throughout the day!

Opening the doors to the public and a welcome by VPL Board and staff

VPL Board and staff welcomed members of the community as they first stepped into the Vellore Village Library.

Many people looking at what Vellore Village Library has to offer.

Everyone discovering all of the wonderful books, resources and spaces Vellore Village Library has to offer.

Storytimes for the kids at Vellore Village Library

Children enjoying the first Vellore Village Library storytime.

Family reading on Vellore Village Library patio

Reading together on the patio.

VPL board and customers

From left to right: Ward 4 Councillor and VPL Board Trustee, Sandra Yeung Racco; VPL Board Trustees, Loreta Pavese and Manjit Kaur; VPL Board Vice-Chair, Rose Savage; VPL Board Chair, Devender Sandhu; Regional Councillor Gino Rosati; and two gentleman from the Vellore community. In front: One of our young community members excited for the library to open.

VPL Board Trustee and Vice-Chair, Rose Savage and VPL Board Trustee, Palma Pallante.

VPL Board Trustee and Vice-Chair, Rose Savage with VPL Board Trustee, Palma Pallante.

Checking out a few books








































Mom and child at computer

Two women in the library

Families playing games together

Using Quiver colouring sheet

Learning about ozobots

Deciding what book to take

Smiling people with stacks of books

Happy family at Vellore Village Library





































































For more photos from Saturday, August 11, please visit our Facebook album titled Vellore Village Library Opening – August 11.

Vellore Village Library – Getting ready to open on August 11!

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Things are shaping up quickly at Vellore Village Library! Books have been delivered to the library today and staff are busy setting everything up. The library will be open to the public starting on August 11 at 10 a.m., make sure you stop by to check it out!



Vellore Village Library: July 27 Update

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A new sign and new furniture for the library!

Library name on the building

The library now has its name on the building.

Soft chairs arrived

Soft, comfy chairs have arrived.

Installed balcony glass

Balcony glass has been installed.

Vellore Village Library: July 23 Update

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Library construction continues to progress nicely.

Shelves ready to be stacked with books

Shelves ready to be stacked with books.

Tile flooring on balcony

Tile flooring placed on outdoor balcony.

Finishing the ceiling facade

Finishing the ceiling façade.

Vellore Village Library: July 13 Update

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Deliveries of new furniture and shelving have arrived!

New furniture arrived.

New furniture for Vellore Village Library.

Shelving delivery has arrived.

Shelving has been delivered to library.

Shelving in the library

Shelving inside the Vellore Village Library ready for installation.

Installation of shelves has begun.

Shelving installation has begun.

Installation of shelving

Shelving installation

Shelving installation at VVL.

The shelving installation at Vellore Village Library continues…

Vellore Village Library: July 6 Update

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The construction of the new library adjacent to Vellore Village Community Centre continues to steadily progress.

Library entrance

Entrance to Vellore Village Library.

Nature-inspired decor

Nature-inspired decor.

Display shelving installation

Installation of display shelving.

Bench seating in children's area

Bench seating installed in the children’s area.

Installation of customer service desk

Customer Service desk being installed.

Counter-height seating overlooking skate park

Counter-height seating overlooking the skate park.