Bathurst Clark Resource Library ready for renovations

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Bathurst Clark Resource Library (BCRL) has been closed since Friday, June 29. In one short week, thanks to the BCRL staff and the moving company, important items were stored, furniture was taken apart, books were packed away and shelving was dismantled. A (mostly) empty building is now ready for the contractors, Massive Devon, to begin their work.

Furniture ready for the movers

Furniture ready for the movers.

BCRL facing north

The view inside Bathurst Clark Resource Library facing north.

Empty shelves

Empty shelving  ready to be taken apart.

BCRL facing southeast

Facing southeast – the shelves and furniture are now removed.

Library cleared of materials. Facing south.

Facing south – the library has been cleared of all materials and resources.

Renovations at Bathurst Clark Resource Library to start June 29

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Great things are happening at Bathurst Clark Resource Library (BCRL) as major renovations will start on June 29 with the library being closed for approximately two months, reopening in the fall.

The reno includes adding lots of comfy new chairs, study tables and a new laptop dispensing kiosk; creating a new program/meeting room and two exterior book return slots into the library; and the painting and replacing of all the carpet in the main public library space. Renovations also include the creation of a children’s space with a new storytime area and the LEARN IT! lab, a creation space offering children’s tech programs such as virtual reality, creating movies, coding all kinds of robots, building computers and many other options..

Architecture rendering of Bathurst Clark Resource Library

Architectural rendering of Bathurst Clark Resource Library. North view to children’s self-checkout.

During the closure, customers may return library materials to any VPL branch. Customers may also renew their items online. Holds identified for BCRL pick-up will automatically be transferred to Dufferin Clark Library. For your convenience, library hours at Dufferin Clark Library are being extended as of July 3 for the duration of the renovation:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am. to 5 p.m.

Customers who wish to pick up their holds elsewhere or who wish to deactivate their holds during the renovation can do so online by accessing their library account. For assistance on how to deactivate or modify your holds pick-up location, contact the Service Desk.

Maple Library’s new, vibrant window-covering

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Photos of smiling customers now decorate an interior window at Maple Library.

The large interior window between the daycare and the library consists of ten smaller panes, each 3’ x 3’. Using an opaque, adhesive-backed vinyl to cover the window, the design is comprised of the happy faces of the library’s actual customers, on the top row with a beautiful swirl of colour on the bottom row that transforms the area behind the new Service Desk into a vibrant, inviting area.

Visit the library today; perhaps you will see someone you know!

Maple Library interior window covering

VPL’s Graphic Designer, Elyse, in front of the window-covering showcasing some of Maple Library’s smiling customers.

New features at Maple Library

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A new service desk and an increased browsing area can now be found at the Maple Library to better serve you!

New Service Desk at Maple Library

Some of our wonderful VPL staff showing the new Service Desk at Maple Library.

Browsing area

The increased browsing area.

New self checkout area Maple Library

Maple Library’s new Self Checkout area.

Visit Maple Library today and check it out yourself!

Pierre Berton Resource Library’s MAKE IT! has a new look

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A new accent wall and branded whiteboards now showcase Pierre Berton Resource Library’s MAKE IT! space.

The back wall of MAKE IT! has been painted a navy blue. Vinyl words such as Die Cutter, Robotics and Coding are scattered throughout with #BeAmaker, lettering 4 ft. wide by 1.5 ft. tall, highlighted on the central part of the wall.

Five mobile whiteboards have also been covered with high gloss vinyl on one side to define the area where makers of all levels go to create. Each brilliantly-coloured, 6 ft. wide by 3.5 ft. height board shows various activities happening in the space: green screen, electronics, virtual reality and 3D printing. You must check it out!

Accent wall of Make It

MAKE IT!’s new back wall.

Colourful mobile whiteboards

Colourful mobile whiteboards define MAKE IT!

New soft seating for our libraries!

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New chairs have been delivered to Ansley Grove, Dufferin Clark and Woodbridge Libraries, giving a cozier and bright new look for you to enjoy. Be sure to visit us today!

New chairs at Woodbridge Library

Woodbridge Library has comfortable new chairs in various spots throughout the library. Pick your favourite!

New seating at Ansley Grove Library

Bring a few friends and grab a seat at Ansley Grove Library.

New chairs at Dufferin Clark Library

Envision yourself, with a book, in the comfort of one of these new chairs at Dufferin Clark Library.

Woodbridge Library windows adorned with colourful images

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Two windows at Woodbridge Library have been covered with vibrant images, approximately 10 feet tall by 5 feet wide, depicting people using the library. Made of micro perforated vinyl, the window coverings allow for one-way vision from the inside.

Woodbridge Library Window Coverings

Delightful images of smiling faces enjoying the library cover two of the Woodbridge Library windows.

There’s a seat for you at Woodbridge Library’s new laptop bar

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Enjoy a window seat while working on your laptop at Woodbridge Library. A new laptop bar has been installed for all to use.

Bring your own computer or borrow one with your library card!

Woodbridge Library has a new laptop bar

The new laptop bar at Woodbridge Library.

 

Woodbridge Laptop Bar

There’s a seat for you!

Kleinburg Library celebrates 50 years with RetroFest!

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Vaughan Public Libraries celebrated Kleinburg Library‘s 50th birthday on Saturday, November 5 with the Kleinburg RetroFest, a 60s-inspired afternoon complete with music, festive fall food & drink, hula hoops, karaoke, retro contests and more!

From left to right: Deb Schulte, MP for King-Vaughan; Sougata Mallik (VPL); Regional Councillor & Library Board Trustee, Mario Ferri; Library Board Trustee, Steve Kerwin; VPL CEO, Margie Singleton; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; Aleksandra Dowiat Vine (VPL); Vaughan Public Library Board Chair, Devender Sandhu; Ruthanne Price (VPL); Lisa McDonough (VPL); Sandy VanderWerff (VPL); Jennifer Stephen (VPL); Vincent Sacchetti (VPL); Rosa Convertini (VPL); Frances Richardson (VPL) and Andrea Wesson (VPL).

Thanks to everyone who joined us!

 

Dufferin Clark Library Unveils Revitalized Study and Computer Areas

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Dufferin Clark Library recently revitalized its study and computer areas thanks to a generous donation of new tables made by the two local plants of Wholesome Harvest Baking Ltd., Rivermede and Viceroy, as part of their Good Neighbor Project which aims to generate a positive change in the surrounding community. Wholesome Harvest Baking Ltd. is a division of Grupo Bimbo, a Mexican multinational bakery product manufacturing company.

On Dec. 10, the library unveiled the new areas to more than 100 students from the Charlton and Glen Shields Public Schools followed by an interactive musical named ROCKgarden Party. The musical was a hit with the children and taught them a great lesson about the importance of protecting the environment.

From L to R: Wholesome Harvest Baking Ltd. staff: Debbie Sher, HR Advisor; Eryn Whitehead, Human Relations Manager; Same Yehia, Viceroy Plant Manager; Rob Ferraioli, VP of Supply Chain; Sharon McNamara, Rivermede Plant Manager; Robyn Thompson, Senior Director of HR; VPL Staff: Margie Singleton, CEO; Aleksandra Dowiat-Vine, Director of Growth & Communications; Sandy Vanderwerff, Director of Finance & Community Spaces; Lisa McDonough, Director of Customer Experience; Middle: Bimbo Mascot

From L to R: Wholesome Harvest Baking Ltd. staff: Debbie Sher, HR Advisor; Eryn Whitehead, Human Relations Manager; Sharon McNamara, Rivermede Plant Manager; Rob Ferraioli, VP of Supply Chain; ; Same Yehia, Viceroy Plant Manager; Robyn Thompson, Senior Director of HR; VPL Staff: Margie Singleton, CEO; Aleksandra Dowiat-Vine, Director of Growth & Communications; Sandy Vanderwerff, Director of Finance & Community Spaces; Lisa McDonough, Director of Customer Experience; Middle: Bimbo Mascot

Students enjoying the ROCKgarden Party musical.

Students with Skater Dude and Earth Angel.

New study area.

The revitalized study area.

The revitalized computer area.