If you’ve visited your public library recently, you already know it’s home to more than just books and, now, you can take advantage of all it has to offer longer. Extended hours are designed to encourage reading, literacy skills and the use of digital technology with the goal of laying the groundwork for lifelong use of the library.
“Libraries are now community hubs,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti, in a news release. “They are a place for learning (and) a place to expand our minds, but there is so much more to see and do. From exploring new technologies like 3D printing or music and video editing, to booking a co-work space for budding entrepreneurs, Markham Public Library is a place to gather, exchange ideas and enjoy each other’s company. That is why it is important to give our community more access to these exceptional services.”
All branches are now open Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – that’s one additional hour. Also, Angus Glen and Aaniin branches are now open Sundays at 10 a.m. instead of 1 p.m.
The following services are not available on Sundays: 3D printers, makerspace and creative studio, reader’s advisory, instruction (such as computers, catalogue, website, digital collections), study room bookings, room rentals and troubleshooting of library equipment. All other services will be available, including library card registration.
Last year, nearly five million physical and digital resources were checked out from Markham Public Libraries. Cornell’s Digital Media Lab received 865 bookings and Milliken Mills Library launched a toy lending collection to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), language development, reading and literacy, as well as fine motor skills for children with special needs. Visit markham.ca to learn more.