Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Here’s a list of the open ended comments on culture sector partnerships of public libraries in Ontario.  Awesome job folks!

Culture Sector Partnerships report 2016 stats Feb 2018

Public Library Culture Sector Partnerships: Descriptions from 2016 Annual Survey / Ontario Public Library Statistics
Library Name
2016 Highlights of Public Library Partnerships working with the Culture Sector, as reported by public libraries and First Nation public libraries
Admaston/Bromley Twp We lend out museum passes and the art pass.  We partnered with a local LBS to teach computer classes at the library. The local historical society also held an event at the library, where we featured the Ancestry database.
Ajax Activities: art exhibits, bookmark contest, writing contest, movie screening, newcomer orientation, cultural day celebration, Black History Month, Asian Mont, Author reading, maker programs, senior services
Alfred & Plantagenet Twp Laissez-passer cartes musées
Armstrong Twp In-library art exhibits (painting and quilting)
Arnprior The library expanded the museum pass program to include regional tourist destinations such as the Aquatarium and Bonnechere Caves. These passes offer free or discounted access to educational, cultural and entertainment opportunities to patrons
Asphodel-Norwood Historical Society – displays and partners for speakers Legion – Remembrance Day ceremony and gathering at library Showcase Asphodel Norwood event – display table Lions Club – Fish fry/pub night trivia
Assiginack Twp Museum articles on display at the Library. Information about the museum and local history book.
Athens Twp Fundraising and programs. Museum passes
Atikokan Partner with Atikokan Children’s Entertainment Series to bring Art and Cultural programs to Atikokan including 5 entertainers per year, Art lessons and a lecture series.  Partner with ANFC offering aboriginal and cultural programs to families in the community.  Provide information and services to local museum supporting displays and exhibits.
Aurora Ethno-cultural & Newcomer Service Organizations – Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, Library Settlement Partnership Heritage Organizations – Aurora Historical Society  Municipal Cultural Planning Partnerships – Town of Aurora, Doors Open, Senior Centre, festivals, Town of Aurora Museum & Archives Other Cultural Partners Aurora Cultural Centre – joint programing Theatre Aurora – pop-up theatre Aurora Farmers’ Market & Artisan Fair – children’s program in exchange for free space The Arts Music Store – Youth Coffee Houses run by The Arts Music Store; hosted by APL Local Colour Group (art group) – “Painting en plein air” at APL  Aurora Cultural Roundtable member – cultural Days Aurora Winter Blues Festival – pop-up performances; youth music workshops
Bancroft Town We provide resources & help in fundraising for Social Justice Without Borders for an incoming Syrian refugee family. We work with North Hastings Community Trust to operate a Seed Library and a community garden to help teach people to grow their own food.
Barrie Art displays in downtown branch, museum for programs, cultural day passes, workshops and information sessions for newcomers, OGS collection, “art in the City” display with the municipal cultural department.  Newcomer recognition awards.
Belleville Art exhibitions and art programs, events and referrals with Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County, legal resources training sessions and networking for staff, children’s concerts with CFUW, Int’l Women’s Day events and guest speakers / march etc.
Big Grassy FN Books donated
Bkejwanong FN Art shows, Drama classes and presentations, Karaoke nights
Black River-Matheson Twp Partnering in space usage, providing copying/printing services, participating in fundraising initiatives, art displays
Blind River Share in collecting and organizing local history, share ideas and use resource contacts for program planning and participation in the community and area.
Bonnechere Union Museum – Having Summer Reading Club programs Municipal – Participating in Home Coming Weekend and attending workshops and planning events together Newcomer Service – presenting books and providing special programming for this group
Bradford West Gwillimbury Town Venue for Studio Art Tour Venue for Barrie Jazz Festival Simcoe County Library Immigration Hub program Local History Association – venue for meetings, presentations, displays Back Alley Cruisers meeting and display of antique cars in library parking lot
Brampton Municipal departments, Parks and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Ontario Genealogical Society
Brant County Local history digital collections; Festivals; Community celebrations; Local architecture study / inventory
Brantford “Sitting member on Brantford Cultural Advisory Committee, Member of the Grand Erie Immigration Partnership. Provided display space for local museums. Provided display space for local artists. Began work with local art gallery to discuss placement of public art on external wall of Main Branch. Partnered with local museums to deliver local history programs.”
Brighton Public Library Board When the local Art Council and gallery disbanded BPL worked with local artists to maintain a gallery display in the library.  We work with the Heritage Organization by cross promoting and participating in events.  We also work with their digital archives to digitize parts of our local history collection.
Brockville Staff on various committees in leadership and service delivery roles; cooperative City volunteer administration and recognition; shared staff competencies, marketing, event planning, IT, meeting spaces.
Bruce County Museum: partnered programs, traveling exhibits, museum pass lending Ethno-cultural and Newcomer Service Organizations: partnered with newcomer service organizations to provide a community info night at library branches Heritage: partner to hold art shows, provide archival/local history rooms in two branches, partnered programs
Bruce Mines & Plummer Additional Union we showcase historical artifacts
Burk’s Falls, Armour & Ryerson Union 1. Plan and promote local events; share resources; attend meetings 2. In-Library Art Exhibits; promotion of activities; artist workshop 3. In-Library workshops 4. Planning of festivals; promote region
Burlington 1. Read Free with Community Living p Adults with special needs meet once a week for an hour of stories, activities and fellowship. 2. Paws for Stories with St. John’s Ambulance p Children ages 6-10 read one-on-one to a therapy dog. 3. One Book One Burlington – City wide reading program.  4. Settlement Worker with Halton Multicultural Council – new people to Canada that need help getting settled in Canada. 5. Haiku & Kumihimo with Burlington Mundialization Committee – ran programs. 6. Citizenship Ceremony with City of Burlington.
Caledon Lending of passes to Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)and sharing of resources/collections.  Joint programs with local Heritage Caledon and Town of Caledon.  Joint programs with representatives of visual and written arts community.  Workshops and library orientation for newcomers with LINC.
Callander the library has done joint presentations with the museum and the art gallery. In June we offered a seniors lunch in the museum’s art gallery. Seniors were asked to bring technology devices that they needed help with and the library offered the assistance of our technology trainer. The Museum and the Library shared the cost of the lunch. Every summer we offer two presentations with the Metis Nation of Ontario. They have also did workshops in the library in 2016 on beadwork and moccasin making.  A local group of writers meet in our library monthly to discuss their writing. They offer writing contests in conjunction with the library. The writer judge the submissions to the contest and look for prizes for the winners. The Library binds the winners work into an anthology.  The library hosts an adult knitting club  every Monday to work on and discuss their projects; as well as offer help with knitting skills. We offer a junior knitting club weekly as well. with the help of the adult club
Cambridge We have Art Galleries in 3 locations and we collaborate with other outside galleries.  We provide programming with local Heritage agencies.  We provide programming with the Cambridge Archives.  We have partnerships with numerous Municipal agencies for things like the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, Intl. Youth Week, seasonal celebrations.  We partner with Ethno-Cultural and Newcomer Service organizations in many ways – Intl. Festival, World Refugee Day, Settlement Services etc.  As well we provide programming in partnerships with many Music, Dance and Drama organizations.
Carleton Place -Local museum has an ongoing exhibit located at the library -Lanark Libraries routinely run joint programs together -Carleton Place Artists Association displays work by local painters at the library
Casselman Conférences de presse, ateliers, créations littéraires.
Cavan Monaghan Public Library Board, Township of Co-ordinate at least one yearly activity with Historical Society. Provide space for a display case for the Historical Society. Also provide website support to them
Centre Hastings The library is on the Arts Route listing for Hastings and Prince Edward County, and participated with various heritage organizations.
Champlain Twp Exchanging information and referring patrons to museum, sharing costs of items, donating books to the museum.
Chatham-Kent The Chatham-Kent Public Library partners in programs with the above mentioned.  The Library is represented on the Thames Art Gallery Board as well as the Chatham-Kent ARTSpace Board.  The Library provides space to the Chatham-Kent Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and partners with them when possible.  The Library, Art Gallery and Museums have partnered in a Digitization Project which was completed in 2014.  The Library has also served on the Prosperity Council (poverty reduction, education and awareness subcommittee) and is an active partner in the Local Immigration Project Education and Awareness Subcommittee.  The Library also operated a NFB (National Film Board of Canada) Movie/Film Club.
Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point FN We held special programs for the Seniors, including a reading club at their lodge.  We also provide meeting space to the local language group when they need it.
Chippewas of Rama FN Loan of display items and books for special events eg. War of 1812, World War II.
Clarence-Rockland We offer free passes to all the Ottawa area museums and the National Art Gallery. We share a complex with the YMCA and have created joint programs with them. We share information and materials with the Rockland Museum.
Clarington, Municipality of The Library has a partnership with the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington that focuses on displaying local art work at the main branch.  The rotating displays highlight local artists and culture within the community and attract new Library users.  The Library continues its partnership with The Visual Arts Centre and A Gift of Art to host the Mayor’s Gala “For the Love of Art”.  This event showcases local artists, helping to promote local culture and support local organizations.  The Library partners with Clarington Museums and Archives to create high-quality digital archives of local newspaper collections.  This project has facilitated easier access to local history while helping to preserve historical documents.   The Library continues its partnership with the Community Development Council Durham to offer an English Conversation Circle program.  With over 230 participants in 2016 this program encourages newcomers to practice English, learn about their community and build relationships.
Clearview Twp Hosting exhibits, loaning cultural passes, sponsoring and providing programming at partnership events, donating produce grown as part of our children’s programs.
Cobourg The County Archives is housed in the Library building. We do joint programming with the Archives several times per year. We have worked with the Cobourg Museum n several events at the Library. We also work closely with the Lakeshore Genealogy Society to provide joint genealogical programming. The L.G Society maintains our local cemetery index. The CEO attends Municipal Management meetings is  sometimes consulted on special projects regarding municipal cultural planning. Our partnership with the Newcomer Service group is relatively new, but we have had great success in planning special collections and conducting library tours for our new Syrian immigrants.
Cochrane Public Library Board We provide programing to the youth groups, partner with other groups to do skill sharing and to put on events together either in house or as outreach programs.
Collingwood Cultural Places Passes programme partners with SUMAC (Simcoe County Cultural Network) allows citizens to book and borrow cultural places passes via the Library’s website, pick up passes at the Library for admittance or visitor perks at SUMAC locations across the County including museums, heritage sites and archives.
Cornwall Library is a venue for Artist collectives and High School art shows; participated in Culture Days as a location for Apples and Art Tour; participates on Municipal Cultural Advisory committee; provides space for Genealogy Society and Heritage Cornwall collections and meetings; maintains a digital database of digitized photos from Cornwall Community Museum; hosts Writer’s fest in conjunction with local writers and writing groups; hosts environmental-themed meetings and provides resources for Cornwall Transition Plus.
Cramahe Twp Colborne Art Gallery Exhibitions, after each exhibit is over the artists migrate to presenting at Colborne Library – and Castleton Library has the same partnership with local Cramahe Artists Association; we partner with a new Musical (Ukulele) group formed through the Library, called “The Club” (Colborne Library Ukulele Band) who practice once a week at the library and are performing locally now during the year.
Dorion Twp Cultural Days
Douro-Dummer Twp We have a thriving Art Gallery and partner for space and displays with our local Historical Committee who hold our local archives here in our building.
Dryden The Library works with several community partners to offer programming and services.  One key example is out ongoing partnership with the Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network to offer monthly programming with a focus on diversity and inclusion.  We currently offer two programs per month, the Living Library speaker series, which invites local speakers to share their personal experiences and stories, and the DAARN Film series, which we hold with the help of the NFB Film Club to screen films that focus on diverse cultures and perspectives.  The library also works with local genealogical and historical societies to store and make available their local history archives and to offer local history programming.  The Library also works with Patricia Regional Seniors Services to offer craft and cultural programs to seniors on a weekly basis.  Other partnerships have included book and information displays, programming initiatives (story and craft programs) and informational presentations.
East Gwillimbury Partnerships in community festivals, film series, author events, storytelling festivals, Culture Days.
Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Twp Museum passes to loan. Local art galleries display work in library. Employment services visits the library for one-on-one service with the public.
Elgin County The Museum regularly sends out displays to exhibit in branch libraries.  The St. Thomas Elgin Art Gallery sends out Art Kits for patrons to use in branch libraries.  The Library produces a Children’s Radio Program with Mennonite Community Services in Aylmer.  Also, the Library participates in Reel Canadian Film Week with the St. Thomas Elgin Local Immigration Partnership.
Elizabethtown – Kitley Hold records for Tweedsmuir Lyn and Toledo. Hold minute books and records for Heritage Elizabethtown-Kitley. Obituary records are held in Lyn Branch for the Lyn area.
Elliot Lake Display art Display museum pieces
Emo Twp Ticket sales
Englehart Art Club paints murals in our library window, Museum partners with fundraising, Art club displays in the library, library offers advertising and donate space for displays, flower shows, presentations and display space.
Espanola As the local historical society disbanded, care and control of all artifacts, documents and photos was handed off to the library.  Former members monitor and continue to contribute to the visible collection.  The long-term plan is to make the items available digitally for viewing and searching.
Essa We have a local immigration partnership to offer the library as community hub.  We work with traditional partners such as the Historical Society and South Simcoe Arts to provide talks and art displays.
Fauquier-Strickland Twp Nous travaillons avec la municipalité pour la création d’archives locales pour préserver notre patrimoine, nous somme liés avec l’édition et la parution du journal communautaire.
Fort Erie We work closely with our local history museum for displays and exhibits, as well as partnering for programs offered through our library.
Fort Frances Gallery Display space, programming partner, collections, ticket outlet, venue, resource centre
Gananoque Display art work in the library – rotating works of art.  Host author visits, writers workshops at the library
Georgina satellite art gallery space, shared programming with museum/archives, outreach location & ESL conversation circle with Welcome Centre, shared & coordinated cultural programming with municipality Culture Division
Grand Valley Library Board Partners in programs with the Dufferin County Museum Partner in programs with the Riverbend Artists of Grand and provide space at the library to display their art. Partner with Orangeville and Shelburne Public Libraries and Booklore for our One Book One County annual reading program. Grand Valley Historical Society – digitizing local history.
Gravenhurst Public Library Library staff members are involved in working with other municipal cultural partners ex. Gravenhurst Opera House, Culture Days; as the local archives is housed in the library, library staff connect Archives Committee volunteers with library users looking for local historical and genealogical information, library staff also work with the Archives to do workshops and presentations ex. Remembrance Day talks; a partnership with the Muskoka Steamship and Discovery Centre includes children’s activities and a circulating family pass for use at the museum; connections with local resettlement groups has meant an expansion of the library’s collection; use of the Seniors’ Activity Centre for children’s programming and facilitating device training for seniors
Greater Madawaska Twp We display Local Art Tree projects in the foyer.   We display local artist’s work in the foyer. We have a museum pass for the County of Renfrew museums We have museum passes for the Museum of History, Agriculture, Aviation and Ottawa Museum Network.
Greater Sudbury – Local history outreach and programming partnerships with Greater Sudbury Archives, Greater Sudbury Museums – Shared programming with Art Gallery of Sudbury – Newcomers outreach with Newcomers Services
Grey Highlands The Library and Museum are working together to expand and promote cultural activities and programs in the community through the Cultural TV channel. The library was appointed the Canada 150 Committee which was a cultural partnership between the Municipality, Museum and Library. The Library played a strong leadership role by hosting Cultural Roundtables.
Grimsby ongoing programming with Public Art Gallery of Grimsby (we share a building) special event programming with Town of Grimsby including Doors Open, Happening at the Forty and Christmas in Grimsby
Guelph Multicultural Society, Guelph Historical Society
Haldimand County Host County Museum Division exhibits; provide space in three branches for local history organizations/collections; exhibit art collections (partner with River Arts Festival); host Alzheimer’s Society Strengthen Your Mind Workshops
Haliburton County We house the local genealogy collection. We are an expanded display space for both local museums and art galleries. Our staff participate on municipal committees for cultural planning.
Halton Hills Esquesing Historical Society/ Archives are housed at the Georgetown Branch  The Art Gallery and Community Theatre are part of the Georgetown Branch and Cultural Centre Staff are active participants in the Municipal Cultural Roundtable Halton Hills works closely with Our Digital World and the Ontario Genealogical Society – Halton Peel The Centre for Skills Development are partners who provide settlement services at the Georgetown Branch Staff sit on the Board of Heritage Acton who operate the Acton Town Hall Centre and actively participate and promote cultural services
Hamilton Ancaster Community Services Centre Francais Chamber Music Hamilton COH – Neighbourhood Development Strategy COH – Public Health Services, Tobacco Use Prevention Program COH – Tourism and Culture Division Dundas Community Services Flamborough Archives Hamilton Arts Council Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Hamilton Gallery of Distinction Hamilton Regional Indian Centre Information Hamilton Les Chater YMCA National Film Board Neighbourhood Action Strategy – Davis Creek  Neighbourhood Action Strategy – McQuesten Neighbourhood Action Strategy – Riverdale Neighbourhood Action Strategy – Sherman Rotary Club of Hamilton Royal Botanical Gardens Soroptimist International of Hamilton-Burlington Telling Tales Festival  Tweetstock Wesley Urban Ministries  Wesley Urban Ministries Wesley Urban Ministries Wesley Urban Ministries @ 350 Quigley Road YMCA – Employment, Education and Immigrant Services YWCA – Employment, Education and Immigrant Services Hamilton Community F
Hanover We help collect local seniors memories for the Heritage Committee
Hastings Highlands Twp Community Centre engagement
Hawkesbury Nous avons des passes familiales pour entrée gratuite pour 9 musées de la région d’Ottawa.  La bibliothèque héberge la collection de la Société d’histoire et de généalogie de Prescott-Russell
Head, Clara & Maria Free Family Passes
Huntsville The Huntsville Art Society coordinates displays of the works of the members of its society in the library throughout the calendar year.   In 2016 there were several displays for two month period. Other examples include historical displays in the library, PAWS to Read, and outreach to other organizations.   The library works with the Muskoka Parry Sound Genealogy Group to preserve the history and share it with the community.  Bracebridge Public Library, Muskoka Lakes Public Library and the Huntsville Public Library share the VITA platform Muskoka Digital Archives to share images, documents, and more.
Huron County Museums – joint programming and displays; Conservation Authorities – collaboration on programs, Healthy Kids Storytime Trail; Early Years – joint programming, Read to Baby Bundles; Homes for the Aged – Item delivery, intergenerational storytimes; Local Artists – Hanging of art in branch and artists in the library and art workshops
Huron Shores book sale
Innisfil ‘Simcoe County at War’ exhibit shared information about how the Great War shaped the experiences of the men and women of Innisfil and beyond.  This display featured photos, objects, and other memorabilia from the ‘Our Stories Innisfil’ collection as well as materials from the ‘Simcoe County Archives’ and ‘Archives of Ontario’.  A ‘Drumming Circle’ meets monthly as a Community-led group. A ‘Seed Library’, also Community-led, runs at the Lakeshore Branch, and during 2016 planned and hosted its first ‘Seedy Saturday’ programme.  In partnership with the Innisfil Arts, Culture and Heritage Council, the Library participates in the local ‘Studio Tour’, which showcases the work of local artists.  Other partnerships include: ‘Newcomer Services’, which are available weekly within the Library,  Jazz and Blues Festivals, reciprocal borrowing arrangements with local libraries, and Library Staff working with local entrepreneurs to create artistic expressions in our spaces.
James Twp we promote the museum, have access to their info and are able to share info with others as they are only open seasonally.
Kawartha Lakes, City of The Library does joint programming with the Kawartha Art Gallery for children (ArtsAlive!), teens (manga drawing) and Makerspace days. The Library provides staffing resources to the Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network, which is an umbrella group for local museums and arts groups. This group is working towards the development of a cultural centre for Kawartha Lakes. The Library has also partnered with a local citizens’ group to provide support for new Canadians from Syria and ESL support.  The Library also sponsored and participated in a two day local independent authors book festival in August 2016 at Dromoland Farms, near Little Britain. The Library held the Mayor’s Writing Competition and presented awards for in both the junior and senior categories.
Kenora City 1.  We work closely with our local Museum and together we work on a committee that holds an annual Storytelling event every year and publishes the stories every five years. 2.  We house the ESL materials for the local refugee group so the teachers and tutors have easy access to the materials in a central location. 3.  We work with a local genealogy group and volunteers that has been instrumental in digitizing our newspapers and building a searchable database for the newspapers as well.
Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards Twp artwork on display from local studio, providing meeting space, joint cultural programming and events with municipality
King Twp Offered jointly sponsored cultural programs, resource cost sharing and display of art and artifacts
Kingston-Frontenac County Lend museum passes; Cross-promote theatre programs by providing story time before children’s events; House local genealogical organizations’ collections; Digitize local history collections; House a collection of Indigenous language materials; Partner with the municipality’s Poet Laureate;  Hosted refugee voices from around the world program;  Hosted Anne Frank House, Amsterdam exhibit;  Partnered with local theatre groups to offer youth art festival
Kitchener Art gallery: programming for children (Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery)   Heritage organizations: library holds archival collections and programming (Waterloo Historical Society and Ontario Genealogical Society) Ethno-cultural and newcomer Service Organizations: partner with programming and settlement services / LSP program (YMCA Immigration Services and KW Multicultural Centre)
La Nation We provide the loaned of museum passes to all Ottawa area museums that covers admission costs for up to 4 family members
Lambton County Genealogy programs provided by Museum staff, provision of theatre space for cultural programs hosted by agencies, distribution of promotional materials for cultural programs and local tourism.  Programs for newcomers
Larder Lake Public Library The Library applies for a YCW summer student.  This student works 20 hours in the Library and 20 hours with the Historical Society\Municipality at the Tourist Center.
Leeds and the Thousand Islands Twp The library has a vibrant Archives which serves as a draw for both local residents and cultural tourists.  The archives is a growing organization accepting donations of historical records and archival materials from current and former residents.  The library relies heavily on the Archives and heritage organizations in providing access to historical genealogical information. The library provides access to our local museums on an ongoing basis, which services as cultural and heritage destination. The library partners with our Municipal and cultural planning department through shared activities and partnerships.
Lennox and Addington County The County Libraries and the County Museum & Archives fall under the same umbrella of the County’s Community & Development Services department. We share many resources (databases, equipment, staff) and often collaborate on events and programming initiative (joint author event, monthly archives exhibits at the libraries). We’re also partners with the Greater Napanee Arts & Culture Committee (Culture Days, Local Author Showcase), Greater Napanee & Area Arts Association (Art in the Library), the L&A Horticultural Society (Friends of the Library Gardeners, joint events), and our local media outlets (88.7 MYFM, The Napanee Beaver, The Napanee Guide).
Lincoln Joint indexing of historical deeds between Heritage Group and the Library.
London Black History Events & Gala, Historic Sites Plaquing, Creative Age Festival, Banff Film Festival, Art Shows (local artists groups), Shakespeare 400, London Words fest, Poet Laureate Programs, National Film Day Screenings, Festival of Trees (Regional – London)
M’Chigeeng FN First Nation Storytelling Shoe Decorating Homework Help
Madawaska Valley Twp The library partnered with the local Art Gallery & Museum to provide children & adult programs such as our Telling Tales series which focused on story telling through art, writing, & discussion. The library provides space for the local genealogy group to hold monthly meetings and they in turn provide tutorials for patrons doing genealogical research. The Local Horticultural Society created a Learning Garden in 2013 and continue to maintain and add to the garden. The garden has plants native to the Madawaska Valley. Plans are in place to provide plaques with a map of the garden for better signage and information.
Magnetawan Twp Heritage Day – Story time & crafts Partnership with Recreation Committee and Community Centre
Marathon Marathon Public Library promotes and works closely with all of the above.
Markham Joint program creation and deployment.
Markstay-Warren library houses part of the local museum’s collection on display
Mattawa They help pay for the food for the after school club
Mattice-Val Cote Twp Partenariat de planification culturelle municipal Activité culturel en partenariat avec la municipalité Au club de l’âge d’or nous apportons une sélection de livres une fois par mois
McKellar Twp This year we had a joint event with the museum called Teddy Bear Night at the Museum.  The event took place at the community centre with fun and games for the kids and their stuffed animals.  Followed by the bears sleeping over at the museum.  The next day the kids came to the library to receive a story and a photo of their stuffies over night adventure.  With this event we brought awareness to the library and the museum. As always we help with promotion and loan materials to the museum.
Meaford Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre – Partner on many types or programs and events. Use and rental of accessible space.  Meaford Museum – our local history collection is housed at the Museum but catalogued in our ILS with the Museum as the location. Many other partnerships for programs and events.
Merrickville-Wolford lend museum and gallery passes to public; host Historical Society’s digital archives; house theatre group’s collection of plays and partnered on summer theatre program for youth
Michipicoten FN Cultural fairs networking
Middlesex County Library Strathroy Library is co-located with Museum Strathroy-Caradoc. Programming and display partnerships occur on an ongoing basis. The Library also participates in the London Immigration Portal steering committee project which has a mandate of providing new immigrants with access to resources and support in their communities.
Midland Partnering with the museum & Culture Midland Committee on events and to improve the cultural fabric of Midland
Milton Laurier Milton Lecture series in partnership with Laurier University and the Town of Milton; shared theatre and art programming in the adjacent Centre for the Arts; local horticultural society maintains library gardens and donates gardening magazines; staff members sit on Literacy North Halton and United Way Boards; annual Celebrating Stories festival with various partners supporting early literacy; monthly promotional space donated by local community newspaper; newcomer workshops and training provided by Halton Multicultural Council including transitional services for Syrian Refugees families.
Mississauga Carassauga for instance.  Art Gallery of Mississauga.  The Living Arts Centre, etc.
Mississauga FN Working together to look for funding for a small museum. also, recording all historical data, historical workshops etc. Record and video most of the sessions with Native language instructors and store in Library for future reference.
Mississippi Mills local curated art show bimonthly, community garden/community oven/lecture; textile collection housed at Textile Museum; programmes; newcomer services in library
Mohawks of Akwesasne FN The Akwesasne Library and the Akwesasne Museum are housed in the same building and are managed by the same person. Patrons and visitors to the Center are encouraged to explore available resources in each area.
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte FN Joint programming and fundraising with Mohawk Language Circle
Moonbeam Twp Entreaide, partage, présence
Muskoka Lakes Twp Partnership with Muskoka Lakes Museum – shared digital collection project, promotion of programs. Muskoka Chautauqua – display and promote events.
New Tecumseth NTPL provides gallery space for the South Simcoe Art Group; NTPL participates in Cultural Events through the County of Simcoe; NTPL works with the Museum on the Boyne as a distributor of advertising and holds the Banting Digital Archive; NTPL sponsors newcomer events and lends free space for same
Newmarket Winterfest, Museum displays, Jazz Festival, Multicultural fair, Welcome Ctr, Haunted Library
Niagara Falls We partner with cultural organizations to offer programming, including numerous consultations, local library talks and art shows.
Niagara-on-the-Lake – Host local heritage portal & digitize materials for local organizations – Provide meeting space & promotion for local writers’ group – Host educational programs for Niagara Jazz Festival – Consult with local cultural groups on municipal culture plan – Joint programming with art gallery
Norfolk County The Port Rowan/South Walsingham Heritage Association house their collection in the Port Rowan Branch. We have ‘Conversation Circle’ held in partnership with the YMCA where we run a group twice a week focusing on improving the patrons English speaking skills, forming friendships, and gaining valuable local information. The Norfolk Remembers group is bringing awareness to the community regarding the sacrifices made by the young men and women of Norfolk in the first World War.
North Bay We have a partnership with the North Bay Horticultural Society to offer a Seedlings Storytime, and we provide space to the Nipissing Genealogy Society for their materials and services.
North Grenville Twp Displays; talks; collaboration with programs such as Doors Open in September 2016. Assistance to Syrian refugee families with access to library programs, language materials and space for tutoring as well as working with the county Newcomer Service Organization.
North Kawartha Twp We house the local historical society collection and they meet in the library meeting room.  We have a display wall and display cabinet for our local artisans.
North Perth Artist of the Month, photo contest
Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands English as a second language.
Oakville Collaborative programming e.g., authors on art (Oakville Galleries), Giggles & Galleries (Oakville Galleries), Halton Multicultural Connections, etc. Information sharing, referrals, content in Historical databases.
Oliver Paipoonge Community Arts Heritage Education Program, connects artists with us to run cultural programming
Orangeville The library is represented (voting member) of the Municipal Arts & Culture Committee of Council, we work with the County Museum and Heritage Orangeville to deliver programs, the library provides space for a rotating display of the work of the Orangeville Art Group. The Writers’ Guild holds bi-weekly meetings in the library and offers various programs (i.e. Poetry night).
Orillia Canada/Orillia 150 celebration activities in partnership with municipal culture department.
Oshawa Cultural Leadership Council, Culture Counts (Municipal), Juried Art Show, Museum Passes, Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies, Senior’s Writing Contest, Teen Art &  Writing Contests, Culture in the Square (Municipal), Aboriginal Drum Socials, Trans Day of Remembrance, LGBTQ Gala
Ottawa Museum Passes, SMART library cards.
Owen Sound & North Grey Union Provide space and partner with programming with art gallery, museums and the One World Festival. Staff and Board presence with Youth Film Festival. House and provide access to local history collection.
Oxford County Member of Local Immigration Partnership – multicultural programs, conversation cafes Coowner of book scanner with Elgin County Archives for digitization projects Joint projects with County of Oxford Archives Joint programming with Annandale House NHS Tillsonburg Local history collection deposit with local OGS/OHS Art displays in branches Member of Oxford Creative Connections Inc.
Parry Sound This year our community welcomed two refugee families from Syria. We had a special day to celebrate refugees and worked with the Welcoming Organization to purchase some Arabic books.
Pelham Pelham Historical Society displays and stores material in our facilities.  They maintain a historical collection of key local documents accessible to staff and the public.  Pelham Art Festival stores materials in our facility.  The proceeds from the annual festival are donated to the library.  We provide display and gallery work space to the Pelham Art Club.  The Legion is a regular fundraising partner and active support of library services.
Pembroke Revolving art gallery, Library card has  value, Music programs, Dance workshops, ESL chat groups, Educational programs- JumpMath, Reading buddy, Ready for reading,  Story Time, Junior Fire Fighters, O Camp, Well baby clinic,
Penetanguishene Museums in the County of Simcoe, Immigration Portal, Libraries in the County of Simcoe
Perry Twp Perry Township Historical Society
Perth and District Union Perth Museum, Lanark Immigration Partnership
Petawawa In partnership with local and area museums we offer family passes for loan. This is extremely popular and well used. We encourage partnerships with cultural planning services willingly hosting online links to surveys and information.
Peterborough Art displays in library, hosting genealogy focused workshops, hosting community events and open forums for city staff, Mother Goose program held in partnership with New Canadian Centre.
Pickering Work closely with Museum creating shared plan with Historical Society to direct and share resources. Much outreach with the local Welcome Centre including digital outreach.
Port Colborne Community programming delivered in collaboration with the Museum and Archives by sharing facilities, staff and other resources. An example of this collaboration is the organization of programming centred on the City’s historical commemorations which involved both the Museum and the City.  We also work with a local service club  (PC Lions) to promote and provide affordable programming for families. The library hosts art shows with artists from local galleries, and continues to work with the City of Port Colborne to bring cultural events to our community.
Port Hope Joint programs, shared facilities, strategic service planning, collaborative marketing, resource sharing
Powassan & District Union Public Library We actively recruit local artists to exhibit their works in our Downstairs Art Gallery, and contact the curator of the small war museum at the local Legion whenever items of interest are donated to the library. The library also participates in the local Maple Syrup Festival, partnering with the local Scotiabank to sell taffy on a stick as a fundraiser.
Prescott South Grenville Guild of Fine Arts display their art work on the walls throughout the Library and in the display case. They are changed up every 3 months.
Prince Edward County Archives
Quinte West Ontario Genealogical Society Community Advocacy & Legal Centre
Ramara Twp All partner libraries of the Simcoe County Library Cooperative participates in a seasonal program entitled “Cultural Places Passes” that runs from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving Monday.  Library patrons can obtain 1 pass/day to visit various museums, art galleries, archives, historic sites or interpretive centres within Simcoe County and receive some sort of discount/incentive.
Red Rock Twp Partnership with local historical society
Renfrew The local museum does displays within the library. The CEO is the representative for the county libraries for the Local Immigration Partnership organization where we see how the libraries can assist projects and needs pinpointed by the group. The library also works with Heritage Renfrew, a local group run by volunteers, in order to share resources and help promote the valuable services they offer.
Richmond Hill membership in the Richmond Hill Municipal Culture Committee active in TRH Cultural Plan and Cultural Leadership Council
Rideau Lakes Public Library The Rideau Lakes Public Library partners with the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee and various local history organizations to digitize local history.
Russell 1. Organisation et animation d’un jardin de lecture pour les enfants (Russell Horticultural Society). 2. Prêt de cartes musées. 3. Numérisation des archives du Russell Historical Society et organisation d’activités dans le cadre du Russell Heritage Festival. 4. Collaboration avec les entreprises locales pour le programme de bouquinomadisme. 5. Les membres du Russell Community Band pratique à la bibliothèque et y donnent des concerts. 6. Organisation d’exposition artistiques avec les artistes locaux. 7. Accueil des groupes de brownies, guides, etc. 8. Expositions provenant des Archives de l’Ontario. 9. Gestion du calendrier d’activités communautaires avec l’organisme bénévole RECAN.
Sables-Spanish Rivers Twp Archiving of items of local interest
Saugeen FN Language Instruction Classes for all ages and levels.  Local Artisans have also hosted free demonstrations at the library.
Sault Ste. Marie The Library is part of Ontario Heritage Sault Ste. Marie which is mandated to collect and preserve the personal histories of the residents of Sault Ste. Marie.
Schreiber Twp Partnership with Schreiber Archives and Historical Society, Schreiber Rail Museum, Schreiber Heritage Days Committee, displays, programs, events. Schreiber Revitalization Plan which included library renovations.
Scugog Memorial Our Library operates the Kent Farndale Art Gallery
Selwyn Organize and present children’s reading tent with children’s author readings as an event in the festival
Shelburne Deliver programs and materials to residents of 2 local long-term care facilities; Partnership with local museum extended Library’s collection (by including Museum’s collection in our ILS); work with other libraries in County and a local book store for One Book One County program; work with a community group and a local book store and the museum for author’s readings (Authors in the Hills); work with Alzheimer’s Society for drop-in coffee event at the library; collect “food for fines” in December to collect food for the food bank that partners with the Fire Department for the Christmas Food Bank drive; had display table at Local Farmers’ Market to advertise library and promote summer programs; Had program run by Food & Farming Alliance to showcase local/healthy foods; Local Health unit supplied pedometers used for various programs and other materials that can be used in classrooms for schools.
Simcoe County Co-operative Cultural Places Pass Program (includes archives, art galleries, museums, heritage groups), Simcoe County Cultural Planning, Local Immigration Partnership Council
Sioux Lookout We work closely with the Sioux Lookout Community Museum to deliver shared programs and cross-promotion.   The Municipality of Sioux Lookout’s Heritage and Culture Committee approached the library in 2016 to collaborate on events. This partnership continues to grow.
Six Nations FN digital archive, share resources.  Municipal–planning culture programs and assessing needs in community.  Joint grant writing.  Local radio History Show weekly.
Smiths Falls Library participates in LIP (Local Immigration Partnership)
Springwater Twp Museum passes
St. Catharines The Library catalogues the Museums book collection and the records remain on the Library’s ILS. The Library maintains the OGS-Niagara Branch collection. The Canadian Authors Association holds their meetings and run their programs for members and non-members in the Library. They provide authors to judge our Teen reading contest entries. Brock University provides a speaker series. The Photography Club runs programs and an annual Teen photography contest.
St. Charles SECHC  –  Walking and Knitting Clubs Legal Clinic  –  Provide space for consultations Heart and Stroke Foundation  –  I am a Team Captain for door to door canvasing OCOF  –  Craft and reading sessions Historical Society  –  Aid with research, given them space to store materials, gave them a place to work and also to showcase some of their historical objects.
St. Joseph Twp Historical society held their meeting in the library and store their local history achieves.
St. Marys Public Library We have joint programming opportunities with the local museum. Additionally we have a Friends of the Library who collects community information and develops packages for purchase for anyone who joins the library. Additionally there are newcomer programs including coffee socials the library hosts.
St. Thomas Elgin County Archives (digitization of newspapers); St. Thomas and District Horticultural Society (planning of gardens with TAB); YWCA Settlement Services (Rim Festival); Elgin County Library (Film Festival, Culture Days); Elgin Genealogical Society (digitization);St. Thomas Elgin Public Arts Centre (Children’s Programming)
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County Share & ACCESS ARCHIVE RESOURCES- Dundas Land Records, Glengarry Archives; Loanable Museum passes to Ottawa Museum Network & local museums; program facilitation by local historical societies
Stratford Literary Walks, “Night at the Museum”, Cushion Concerts, Newcomer Nights, Volunteer opportunity database , Rotary Reads.
Tay Twp we participate in the Cultural Places Pass program , a day pass visit via library e-access to local heritage and cultural sites for visitors and tourists. provision has been made through the Simcoe County for inclusion  in newcomer services and materials
Temagami FN Archiving all of our material
Temiskaming Shores The library partners on programming with the Art Gallery and local museums and heritage organizations, provides space and language assessment proctoring services for newcomer organizations, partnered on programming with the local health unit and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, and is part of the local Art’s council.
The Blue Mountains We have am art gallery housed in our one branch.  It is managed by an Arts Council that is a sub committee of our Board. We provide staff support to the Council.  Our new library branch is housed inside our community museum.  We provided the staffing for the facility and it now falls under the operations of the Library. There is a Museum Advisory Committee that is a sub committee of the Board.
Thessalon Historical Website
Thorold Pre 1995 land registry files are housed in the Library. Some Beaverdams LACAC files are housed in the Library.
Thunder Bay Over four years, the World War One – Thunder Bay Centennial Project will commemorate this time in history (1914-1918) through stories, displays, exhibits, and more. Current partners include: Thunder Bay Public Library, City of Thunder Bay Archives, Thunder Bay Museum, Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, Thunder Bay Military Museum, Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre, and Lakehead University’s Department of History.
Timmins Aboriginal Day Celebrations, Northern Ontario Expo, Master Gardeners, etc.
Toronto Literary programs TD Summer Reading Club, the eh List Author series. Programs with Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Canada Reads, Small Print Toronto & the Dicken’s Fellowship. Writing workshops with Toronto Writers’ Cooperative, Authors of Soul & Phoenix Poetry. Private/Public partnership Sun Life Museum + Arts Pass for free family access to cultural venues & the Musical Instrument lending library. Hosted the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Aboriginal programs with the Gardiner Museum, Museum of Inuit Art & the Ogimaa Mikana Project. Cultural programs with Culture Days, Aga Khan Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, Royal Ontario Museum & Textile Museum. Music programs with Open Tuning Festival, Canadian Opera Company, Tafelmusik & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Heritage events with Archives of Ontario, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Ontario Genealogical Society & various ethnic cultural centres, historical & genealogical societies. Film programs with National Film Board, CinéFranco & COMMFEST Global Community Film Festival.
Trent Hills We display and host openings for the Spirit of the Hills art group at two of our three branches. The other branch hosts and works in conjunction with the juried art shows for the Maple Syrup Festival and the Lilac Festival in Warkworth. The Trent Hills Library Board works with the Seymour Committee Foundation which promotes community development. They have purchased books for us and  funded author visits. We have displayed articles from the heritage society in the cases at the library and partnered in gathering information for genealogy research when people visit. We also keep a sheet for information for the public to fill out on inquiries to the heritage society to assist them in making their research easier. Our cemetery records are kept at one branch. We work with the Municipal Economic and Cultural planner to assist in promotion of events and programs. The Hastings Branch hosts and actively attends the Hastings genealogy society meetings every month.
Trent Lakes We have a display from the historical society and work in partnership with them on events. We work together to preserve local history and artifacts. Our Council Rep also sits on the board of the Historical Society.  The CEO attends meetings of the Community Development Organization. Together we work to provide the community with the best service possible without duplication of services.
Uxbridge Twp Research – Extensive collection at the library. Speakers – shared with Museum and Uxbridge Historical Society. Fright Night at the Museum – providing volunteers.
Vaughan Welcome Centre, COSTI, Experience Vaughan passes, Active Together Master Plan, Human Endeavour, Newcomer Bus Tour
Wahta Mohawk FN Traditional culture and Mohawk language is offered at our preschool early literacy programs as well the same is offered at the afterschool homework programs.
Wainfleet Twp Cultural committee-programs with Township
Wasaga Beach -Serve as location for Mobile Newcomer Service and Information Hub -House community museum and archives -Host art shows and author readings with local art and writing clubs -Host community book club
Waterloo City English Conversation Circles to support Syrian women newcomers; KWCF Literacy grant for “Every kid a card”; Positive Parenting Committee; City of Waterloo Art Project; HIVE Waterloo; UW Let’s Talk Science; Communitech
Waterloo Region Region of Waterloo Museum.  One Book, One Community.
Welland March Break program, Newcomer language program
Wellington County Partner programmes with County Archives; heritage organizations and art gallery rent space in buildings with some cross-promotion
West Lincoln Twp Archives and local heritage organizations occasionally contribute displays to library space.
West Nipissing Genealogy workshops
West Perth Sharing information and requests with Archives, display work of local artists groups and individual artists at the library
Westport We house the local archives, as well as provide a location for some items belonging to the museum, as we offer a climate controlled facility. We support the activities of the Arts Council, and the local Heritage organization, by providing our materials, and space when needed. The Writers group, and Heritage Festival make use of our meeting space.
Whitby We have hosted art talks with the local gallery, we offer English and French conversation circles with the Community Development Council of Durham, we have worked with the local museum, we offer diversity forums and also a bus tour for newcomers with the municipal diversity advisory committee. The Whitby Archives operates under the auspices of the Reference Department.
Whitchurch-Stouffville ESL Book Club, Jane’s Walks, TEDX Stouffville, Community Caring Celebrations, Generations Making Music, Generations Growing
White River Twp Heritage Day, Computer Support
Whitewater Region Community museum and library share a building.
Wikwemikong FN Language Immersion Camp held during March Break
Windsor Windsor Community Archives is managed by WPL at the Central Library. Library Settlement Partnership with settlement workers in 3 branches.
Woodstock Programming with Art Gallery, Geological Society
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