Inspiring Hands On @  Toronto Branch Libraries

Bloor/Gladstone Branch – Celebrating 100 years

Check out their Pinterest Celebration

Multi-award renovation. $1.9 million. A lovely extensively renovated Community Library blending heritage features with modern building materials to provide flexible community spaces. 1911 – closed in 2006 reopened 2009. Clearly well used and a delightful children’s area with marketing promo ” Kidsstop making waves”. Water is the theme with plenty of interactive activities including puppet hole and assorted lenses creating different views. Kids tops are Literacy based play from birth to 6 years.

An example of “daylight harvesting” – letting the light in.

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Fort York Library opened 2014

  • 3D Printer Certification Course
  • Camp Innovate: A week long Camp for Kids using technology

Collection size 35k. Population served 26,514. Huge growth in condominiums which housed young professionals in 3’s but by time the library was built they were having babies! Purpose built with designated innovation hubs and spaces for people to “create learn and innovate”.

It’s an extension to the communities living, working and social space.  Located near to the national historic site of Fort York.

Popular programming – need to register for baby times.  6 week programme. Movie day once a month. Digital hub staffed by DDT’S- Art, design and beyond programmes.

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Scarborough Civic Centre

Toronto 100th Library 2015

STEM Storytime also links to their Maker Series of programmes eg Make it and take it! After school clubs , Lego Club, Intro to Arduino, check it out!

Collection 42000 items, 14500sq foot branch. Features KidsStop early Literacy centre, digital innovation hubs, meeting room, study spaces, green roof and more. Great separate programming room and all mobile furniture. The use of black spruce beams, renewable resource, has to be seen to believed. This unique features adds to the ambience, creates warmth and is pure magic giving the building a special quality and feel.

Focus on “middle childhood matters” campaign 6 to 12 year-olds and Library developed its own framework. Programming a strong focus across all ages and stages. The KidsStop early Literacy is pure delight with imposing and fun  spaces. The teens regularly access the innovation hub.

Retail principles of book display strongly evident with bold use of colour in furnishings. A delight and as our presenter said you love all your children (libraries) equally but this holds a special place.

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