According to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, a library is a collection of books, periodicals, recordings, electronic reference materials, etc for use by the public or members of a group. There are four more definitions if one is interested in reading them. While the library of this definition is a far cry from those of previous centuries, I would say that it does not accurately reflect what libraries are in 2020.
Today’s library is not the library of my youth, and while I can be quite sentimental at times about the ‘good old days’, I would like to give a shout out for the libraries of today. My Library is a vibrant space. While I still see shelves of books, I also see many forms of accessible materials that enhance how I take in information. I can glean content from several digital platforms such as CloudLibrary and Hoopla and be entertained with movies using Kanopy. The daily newspaper is still available at my local library but if I want to read newspapers from around the world or from my hometown, I’ve got Pressreader, the digital newspaper app to satisfy my thirst for news. I have options!
Today’s library is innovative and that’s exactly what my Library has named its creative space - the Innovation Hub. Library customers can be creative in the moment with music recording and video creation or they can bring in their old media and use the memory lab area to transfer old media to new digital forms. For those feeling crafty, there’s a button maker, a sewing machine and a Cricut cutter. 3D printers - we’ve got them! Trying new things has never been easier and it’s free!
Today’s library is engaged with the community. Instructional programs to keep you up to date on the latest technology and computers and scanners to keep you up on the world today. Kids can take part in making their own mini-golf course or even learn some ballet. The Library’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, Mathematics) sparks creativity and strengthens kids’ critical thinking skills.
My Library today is an engaging, community space for myself and for everyone. It allows me to experience new things in an open, relaxed atmosphere and for little to no cost. It gives me a sense of belonging to something that is bigger than myself and the knowledge that I can achieve things that I never thought possible. Why not let today’s Library inspire you and bring you into a sense of community and hope for the future.
For all programs, resources and events, contact us Niagara Falls Public Library by phone at 905-356-8080, email email@example.com or visit our website at my.nflibrary.ca. Looking forward to seeing you at the library of today!
Written by Carrie Bosco, the Customer Service Librarian.
According to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, a library is a collection of books, periodicals, recordings, electronic reference materials, etc for use by the public or members of a group. There are four more definitions if one is interested in reading them.
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