Rewriting their narratives: local libraries are becoming hubs of technology

Library programming expands to include more digital options to stay relevant, the service says

“Record a podcast. Borrow musical instruments. Heck, even learn to weave.

Those aren’t activities people typically think of doing at a public library, but they’re all possible at many Toronto branches.

The offerings are just part of the library’s shift to stay relevant in the digital age, Linda Hazzan, a spokeswoman for Toronto Public Library said.

The library saw more than 8,000 people use the “digital innovation hubs” found at three branches, which include everything from 3D printing, to recording studios and coding programs.

“Today it might be a story time and tomorrow might be a maker program,” Hazzan said. The so-called maker programs teach kids and adults new skills: think crafting, web design and video production.”