Did you know that October is Canadian Library Month? This is an opportunity to reflect on the invaluable role that libraries play in the lives of Canadians across the country.
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Canadian libraries are doing some pretty cool things right now.
- Edmonton Public Library has 3 social workers who work with staff and the public to provide support for at-risk community members.
- Calgary Public Library offers appointments with settlement agents for newcomers who are looking for information about local services.
- Vancouver Public Library hosts an Indigenous Storyteller in Residence to recognize and honour the importance of storytelling, and to promote communication and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
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And, Canadian libraries are lending some really interesting items.
- Toronto Public Library offers museum passes to 10 different arts centres, as well as passes for music and theatre performances.
- Aurora Public Library lends video games for the PS4, Wii U, Xbox, and more.
- Annapolis Valley Regional Library recently began loaning out bicycles.
But let’s not forget about our very own, Halifax Public Libraries! Being part of your Halifax family is one of our greatest thrills, and we are pleased to share some of the things that make us happiest.
- Meeting people where they are. Whether it’s at the beach, Canada Day celebrations, the Airport, or the Mobile Food Market, if you’re there, then so are we.
- Supporting the creation of knowledge and enjoyment. We’ve recently added musical instruments to our collection, but you can also borrow book club kits, Autism Tool Kits, radon detectors, Nordic Poles, Rec Centre passes, and more! We love taking our collection Beyond Books.
- Creating vibrant spaces. Our 14 Libraries are visited by more than 3.6 million people each year, and we try to create a welcoming space for every single person. From children’s play areas to recording studios to bookable study rooms, there is a place for everyone.
Libraries build community, serve as safe havens for underserved populations, and provide free resources to everyone.
Whether you are a new parent looking to connect with other families, a senior needing assistance with your computer, or a teenager looking for somewhere to hang out after school, the Library is here for you. We offer hundreds of programs and millions of items, and we work hard to make the Library more welcoming and inviting for everyone. People are at the heart of all we do.
This Canadian Library Month, we are so happy to be part of your life and routine, and we hope that you will continue to love, enjoy, and support your local library.
Our Library. Your Library. #MyLibrary.