Maple Library Renovation Project Update

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The Maple Library renovations are progressing well. Work completed thus far includes addressing demolition deficiencies, fireproofing removal, pouring concrete into plumbing trenches, electrical rough-ins and partitions for new walls within the library area.

The western part of the library and electrical rough-in work in progress
Old children’s area being prepared for a new Reading Lounge area
Tearing down of existing columns in the centre of the library
Trenching work in preparation for electrical in floor boxes
Old fire rating insulation was removed in preparation for open and exposed ceiling
Framing work on the partition between library space and recreation area in progress.
View from library’s main entrance. Framing of staff workroom in progress
View of new reading lounge and new staff kitchenette area being framed

Maple Library Renovation Project Update

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Maple Library renovations continue to make great progress. Check out the images below to catch a glimpse at some of the progress being made.

Maple Library Renovation Project Update

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Maple Library renovations continue to make great progress. Check out the images below to catch a glimpse at some of the progress being made.

The western part of the library.
View from the old manager’s office towards the children’s area.
Children’s Area
Tearing down of existing columns in the center of the library.

Maple Library Renovation Project Update

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Maple Library continues to undergo renovations. Hoarding has now been installed.

Maple Library Renovation Project

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Maple Library continues to undergo renovations. Check out the images below to catch a glimpse at some of the Reading Garden renderings.

External Signage Coming Soon at Civic Centre Resource Library

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External signage for Civic Centre Resource Library coming in 2020! Through a competitive bidding process, Vaughan Public Libraries has engaged Steel Art Signs to install external signage and a fourteen foot high pylon with electronic message centre in front of Civic Centre Resource Library on Major Mackenzie Drive.

Fourteen f00t high pylon with electronic message centre in front of Civic Centre Resource Library on Major Mackenzie Drive.

Halo-illuminated 36″ reverse channel letters to easily see the Library from a distance.

Preview of Library signage placement.

 

 

Civic Centre Resource Library Signage Project- Part 1

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Through a competitive bidding process, Vaughan Public Libraries has engaged Steel Art Signs to design external and internal signage for Civic Centre Resource Library. Internal signage installation has been completed and external signage is anticipated to be completed in 2020.

Library entrance signage.

Window graphics signage at entrance to direct customers to Library Return slot at side of building.

CREATE IT! and Teens space on first floor.

CREATE IT! space Recording Studio door.

Frosted vinyl signage on eight study rooms.

Washrooms signage.

Wayfinding signage for washrooms.

Hanging sign for Outdoor Patio on second floor.

Library Administration signage second floor.

 

 

 

We Have Espresso Bars!

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For our coffee lovers, nothing beats that rush of caffeine to the brain. Get excited, Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) recently rolled out coffee vending machines at the Civic Centre and Bathurst Clark  Resource Libraries (coming soon to Pierre Berton Resource Library)! Get a cup of premium coffee, cappuccino, mocha or even a tea latte, whatever you like!

Have Facebook? Watch a demonstration on how you can get your cuppa at VPL’s Espresso Bar.

Try the Civic Centre Resource Library’s Espresso bar and vending machines near the library entrance

Espresso Bar Menu

Enjoy the Espresso Bar along with other vending machines in the library at Bathurst Clark Resource Library

Officially Open: The New Children’s Area and Learn It! Lab

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The snow didn’t stop the celebration on January 20 as we officially opened the new Children’s Area and Learn It! Lab at Bathurst Clark Resource Library. Thanks to all of those who joined in the celebration!

Looking through the new pass-through with Peter Kent, MP; Minister Michael Tibollo, Vaughan-Woodbridge MPP; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; VPL CEO, Margie Singleton and VPL Board Chair, Dr. Devender Sandhu.

Looking through the new pass-through with Peter Kent, MP; Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Michael Tibollo; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; VPL CEO, Margie Singleton and VPL Board Chair, Dr. Devender Sandhu.

Mayor, Members of Council, Vaughan Library Board, VPL Executive Management Team with the project's architect and construction representatives.

Front row (left to right): VPL Board Trustees, Loreta Pavese, Ralph Cinelli, Vice-Chair Rose Savage, Board Chair Dr. Devender Sandhu, Maya Goldenberg, Palma Pallante and Gary Thompson. Back row (left to right): VPL Director of Growth & Communications, Aleksandra Dowiat Vine; VPL Director of Finance & Community Spaces, Sandy Vander Werff; President of Massive Devcon Corp., Ali Ozden; Peter Kent, MP; Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport Michael Tibollo; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; Ward 4 Councillor and VPL Board Trustee, Sandra Yeung Racco; City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Linda Jackson; Principal of Ward99 Architects, Tina Ranieri-D’Ovdio and VPL Director of Customer Experience, Lisa McDonough.

 

 

 Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua with the Vaughan Public LIbrary Board working together on the rigamajig.

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and members of the Vaughan Public Library Board working together on the rigamajig.

The very busy and popular Technology Bar.

The very busy and popular Technology Bar.

A special storytime with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.

A special storytime with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.

Puppet show by Applefun Puppetry.

Puppet show by Applefun Puppetry.

Fantastic things to discover in the Learn It! Lab.

Fantastic things to discover in the Learn It! Lab.

Playing with the rigamajig

Boy with drum

 

Girl building

Father and daughter reading

Girls with dolls

Mom and daughters

Family enjoying the pass-through.

For more highlights from the day, visit VPL’s Facebook page.

The New Children’s Area and LEARN IT! Lab at Bathurst Clark Resource Library to Open Soon!

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The air at Bathurst Clark Resource Library is buzzing with excitement as VPL prepares the new Children’s Area and LEARN IT! Lab to open to the public.

Renovations began last summer, completing Phase One which included the painting and replacing all the carpet in the main public library space; additional comfy new chairs and study tables enlarging study space and increasing seating; the renovation of the main washrooms; and the creation of a program/meeting room and two exterior book return slots in front of the library.

Phase Two included the new Children’s Area, a space created specifically for children and their families where they will be able to enjoy hands-on literacy-rich experiences. The area also includes the LEARN IT! Lab, VPL’s digital creation and digital literacy space for kids. The project overall has increased space for public use by 3,000 square feet.

Design features of Phase Two:
• Programs and materials for children, including storytimes, book clubs and technology training
• Family reading area
• An abundance of technology including iPads on two technology bars, Early Literacy computers, Chromebooks, 3D printer, Cricut® (smart-tech cutting machine), and more
• Powered, circular children’s homework tables
• Comfortable, moveable seating and vibrant colours throughout this flexible usage of space
• New, large windows providing an abundance of natural light
• Decorative, Varia Ecoresin panels and a circular, Corian chrome-coloured pass-through add to the playful and welcoming atmosphere
• Children’s height self-checkout station
• Artistic, modern-style lighting
• Plenty of connectivity for charging devices

Phase Two also included the addition in the main library of a laptop kiosk and a universal washroom to accommodate a wheeled mobility device.

Decorative resin panels at north entrance of Children's Area.

Decorative panels at north entrance of Children’s Area.

Circular chrome pass-through.

Circular pass-through.

Learn It! display and storage.

Future Learn It! display and storage.

New furniture to be placed.

New furniture to be placed.

Circular ceiling lighting.

Circular ceiling lighting.

Viewing east.

Facing east.

Early Literacy computers are set up.

Early Literacy computers are set up.

Facing northwest.

Facing northwest.

Books are being shelved.

Books are being shelved.

Storage space and a future spot for more computers.

Storage space and a future spot for more computers.

The east entrance to the Children's Area.

The east entrance to the Children’s Area.