Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

If you have a few minutes, I invite you to view the video made jointly with the City of Cambridge to build excitement for our new digital library.  Here is a link to the video on our website:

http://ideaexchange.org/about/po-videos

Since this was posted 24 hours ago, social media has lit up with the most traffic, overwhelmingly positive, that we have had to date with 3,000 video views.

For Immediate Release

 Cambridge, Ontario. December 1, 2016… The former historic Galt post office is undergoing a significant transformation. To help the community experience the new concept for the building, the City of Cambridge and Idea Exchange have launched a ‘Like Nothing You’ve Ever Imagined…’ digital library video. The video reveals this newest Idea Exchange location and shares insight into the types of community programming that will fill the space.

“We’re bringing together the old and new with this project, and offering a space for our community to collaborate, create and innovate,” explains Mayor Doug Craig. “It’s a key part of our vision to work with our partners, serve our community and develop a place where people can prosper.”

The new digital library at the historic post office will be a space for creative minds of all ages to gather and will open the door for discovery, experimentation, and creativity like nowhere else in the city.  It will be home to digital learning labs, a children’s discovery centre, teen space, reading room, an outdoor terrace and restaurant overlooking the Grand River.

“We are excited to launch the video, because it not only provides a snapshot of the innovative programs and services the new digital library will offer, but shares the enthusiasm our community has for them,” says Idea Exchange CEO, Helen Kelly. “Libraries of the future are dynamic places where we can explore new technologies and go on a journey of discovery together.”

The video, launched together with new signage at the site, can be accessed via the City’s mobile application Pingstreet using the Virtual Cambridge tile. Download the Pingstreet app, select Virtual Cambridge, scan the building silhouette and get an inside scoop on the project.

For those interested in taking home a piece of history, slate tiles from the roof of the historic post office building are for sale for $20 each at Monigram Coffee Roasters, 16 Ainslie St. S. in Cambridge. Proceeds from the tile sales will help fund learning materials in the children’s discovery centre.

For more information on the new digital library visit www.cambridge.ca/postoffice or www.ideaexchange.org/postoffice

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Primary Media Contacts:

Shawn Falcao

Manager of Communications

Corporate Services

City of Cambridge

falcaos@cambridge.ca

(519) 740-4680 ext. 4350 / cell: (519) 240-3751

 

Tamara Louks
Publicity & Promotions Specialist
Idea Exchange
(519) 621-0460 ext. 187
tlouks@ideaexchange.org

 

About the City of Cambridge

The City of Cambridge is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. It is strategically located astride highway 401 in southwestern Ontario, part of the Toronto to Waterloo Region Innovation Corridor. With a multicultural mix and a strong foundation of support services, Cambridge has a diverse economic base with leading industries in advanced manufacturing, automotive, technology, pharmaceutical, business and financial services and hospitality/retail. The Corporation of the City of Cambridge is an employer with a progressive work environment focused on creativity and innovation, and offers opportunity for career growth and advancement. For more information, visit www.cambridge.ca and for accessibility accommodations, please contact accessibility@cambridge.ca. To opt out of the news release distribution, email Shawn Falcao at falcaos@cambridge.ca.

About Idea Exchange
Idea Exchange is dedicated to creating an environment of curiosity and discovery, meeting the lifelong learning, reading and creative needs of our community at five locations across the City of Cambridge. Members enjoy free access to library materials and services, online databases and courses, and a variety of programs, events and art exhibitions. Membership is free. For more information, visitideaexchange.org.

Shawn Falcao, MDEI
Manager of Communications

Corporate Communications
Office of the City Manager
City of Cambridge, 50 Dickson Street, 2nd Floor,
P.O. Box 669, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 5W8
Tel(519) 740-4683 ext 4350 | Cell(519) 240-3751 | TTY(519) 623-6691