Over the last year, the downtown branch of the Brantford Public Library has been the lucky recipient of an ongoing extreme makeover - with the hope of putting the library fully on display for people passing by, and encouraging them to come in and partake in its charms. The downtown branch has transformed from its previous traditional layout, to a large, multi-functional open space.
The main focus of this 1.4 million dollar renovation was interaction and engagement, with the goal of drawing people in and then showing them all the wonderful ways the library and it’s staff can be of help to them. Kathryn Goodhue, CEO and Chief Librarian, said the library is grateful that the federal government, the City of Brantford, and the Brantford Library Board partnered with the funding to afford the renovations. The library even has exciting new sections including robotics, ozobots, lego, and a digital media lab.
The front entrance of the Main Branch, located on Colborne Street in downtown Brantford, opened on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. To celebrate the completion of the major renovation project at the main branch, the library has planned several events and initiatives in downtown Brantford.
The main event of the celebration is called ‘The Great Ones’, which will involve local celebrities sharing the stories behind their success. There will also be a ‘Food for Fines’ initiative that will allow customers to donate non-perishable food items in exchange library fines. Each item is worth $5, and up to $20 will be forgiven.
Here is a complete list of events:
Friday, April 27
- An official opening ceremony event will be held at 2 p.m. This event will feature speeches from local dignitaries.
- A teen after-hours event with pizza, music and craft and tech activities, will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Teens must call 519-756-2220 to register and need to arrive before 5:45 p.m. to participate.
Saturday, April 28
- From 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Doug the Great and balloonist Willy B will entertain guests while student violinists from Twinkle Strings Suzuki School perform. Kids can also have their face painted and a mascot from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be on site greeting guests.
- At 2:30 p.m., the Canadian Raptor Conservancy will bring birds of prey to the library. This event will include baby Great Horned Owls.
Sunday, April 29
- “The Great Ones” celebrity speaking event begins at 2 p.m. Brantford’s most successful citizens will have 15-minutes to share the story behind their stories of success at this event. Celebrities include:
- Comedian Graham Chittenden, who has performed on Just for Laughs, the CBC, MTV and writes for the CBC show Still Standing
- Olympic marathoner Krista DuChene, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics
- Philanthropist Ethan Golden, who, at just 10-years-old - has raised more than $65,000 for juvenile arthritis
- Author Marsha Skrypuch, who has written more than 20 books and is internationally recognized
Friday, April 27 to Friday, May 4
- A Food for Fines program, which allows customers to donate non-perishable food items in exchange for overdue fines, will run from April 27 to May 4. One non-perishable food item is worth $5 in fines and up to $20 can be forgiven. Lost or damaged fees are not covered under this program. All donations will go to the Brantford Food Bank
Don’t just take our word for it, join us from Friday, April 27 to Friday, May 4, 2018 and see for yourself how impressive the new downtown Brantford Public Library is!