What Is A Library?

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 askus@nflibrary.ca 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.

Library Notes

2020-03-23

The Niagara Falls Public Library temporarily closed our doors at all four locations on Friday, March 13th 2020 until April 5th 2020.  This was our immediate response to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and align with provincial measures to support social distancing.

2020-03-02

The Niagara Falls Public Library is offering a wide range of Gardening, Health and Wellness programs this Spring! Join us Monday March 9th at 7pm as food writer Lynn Ogryzlo talks about the benefits and pitfalls of the Keto Diet. On Thursday March 5th at 7pm Master Gardener Kit Thompson will teach you how to make floral designs and arrangements with items from your garden. 

2020-02-12

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.

2020-02-04

What is the most priceless possession you own? Some might say their home, or their car, while others may say a precious family heirloom. The things that are priceless to us are felt on an emotional level, deep within us. That is exactly what the MasterCard credit card company knew all those 23 years when it launched its now affectionately known priceless ad campaign.

2020-01-08

2019 was an exciting year for the Niagara Falls Public Library. We hosted some incredible programs, introduced some amazing new collections, and had a lot of fun. However, it was you, the customer, that really made last year so wonderful.

2019-12-16

While doing some research the other day, I came across the name of a hotel that I had never heard of before. This is probably due to the fact that there is very little information to be found about the Bath House Hotel. 

2019-12-16

It’s hard to define in one sentence what we do at the Niagara Falls Public Library in providing excellent customer service, so I thought I would give you a glimpse into a day in the life of a customer service associate at the Library. Some staff arrive prior to opening time to prepare workspaces and to gather and sort items from our overnight drop boxes.

2019-11-25

    Chevron. Handlebar. Fu Manchu. Yes, Movember is upon us and seeing as we’re more than halfway through the month those moustaches should be fully grown! While the facial hair keeps things fun, it’s important to remember that the purpose of it all is to raise awareness of men’s health issues.