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Significant Achievements reported in the 2017 Annual Survey of Public Libraries / 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics

Significant Achievements reported in 2017 Ontario Public Library Statistics – text field Aug 2018

Library Name
Significant Achievements
Ajax Library celebrated its 65th anniversary. Library began the Connected Seniors program. Ground breaking for new branch location
Alnwick/Haldimand Twp Library Board completed its first Strategic Plan. Renovations were completed at the two oldest branches: new carpeting, new paint, updated furniture. Experimented with a variety of adult programming which is a recent initiative: successful mosaic workshop, memoir writing workshop, local author visit, and C.O.P.S. – Correctional Officers Paranormal Society session that discovered ghosts (of course!) in former church, now community hall, in Centreton.
Arnprior Music of your Life program received several provincial awards and recognition and has now expanded to area Hospice and hospitals; Plans being developed for renovations in 2019 or 2020 in conjunction with the library’s 125th anniversary in 2020.
Asphodel-Norwood Successful Paint Nite Fundraiser held. First annual “Pumpkin Parade” held (welcomed over 100 participants). New Book Club established. Series of programming for Seniors established.
Assiginack Twp More community groups using maker space and meeting space.
Augusta Twp Partnered with the local historical society to print and publicize a book on the historic stone buildings in the township. Partnered with the township in the development of the Recreational and Cultural plan.
Aundeck-Omni-Kaning FN Implemented cataloguing system.
Aurora APL Book Bike
Bancroft Town Proposed Union Library partnership with 3 other area libraries.  Still in discussion phase at end of 2017
Barrie New program and space – Collaboratory including sewing machines, vinyl printer/cutter, button makers, Photoshop, etc. tech/robotics equipment and 3D printer. Annual Dragon Boat festival which generates funds for many different community charities run with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers.
Beausoleil First Nation Public Library I am very pleased to say that this past year we have been able to produce a starter makerspace for the youth of the community. We have had multiple programs teaching the youth how to take videos with a video camera. We also have video editing software, where the youth can edit their videos, using text, back ground music, and doing voice overs. We have had a volunteer in to teach staff and youth how to fly a drone, and get drone video footage and pictures. The same volunteer has been teaching staff and youth how to use 3D printing software and how to edit images to get them ready to be printed with a 3D printer. We are currently in the process of looking for funds to purchase our own 3D printer and Drone, so we can keep up to date with today’s latest technology. I am looking forward to improving our makerspace for today’s youth and the youth of future generations, and I hope that our goal of purchasing a new 3D printer and drone will be attainable within the near future.
Belleville Joined Ontario Library Consortium (OLC) and migrated to new cloud-based ILS. New staff computer network and computer workstations implemented and new IP phone system installed to integrate technology with City and save money through cloud-based systems.
Bkejwanong FN Storytelling/legends has expanded throughout Lambton-Kent County – schools, community centres. New relationship with Chatham-Kent Library system.
Black River-Matheson Twp new washroom in basement for Early Years Centre new furniture in cozy corner which includes 2 chairs, fireplace and light therapy lamp purchased 12 new ipads did some landscaping work partnership with Porcupine Health Unit free wifi 24/7 for people outside and inside building
Blind River Formed a partnership with the local Syrian family sponsorship group and Syrian family English Second language tutoring at the library.
Bonnechere Union The completion of the MakerSpace has given the community a free space to take exams, offer workshops and training and hold meetings for no charge.  The space has allowed our pre-teen programming to explode.  Summer Reading Club stats were also much higher because of the new space!
Bracebridge Children’s Librarian provided new educational program for home-schooled families.
Bradford West Gwillimbury Town Combined Information Services and Borrower Services into one service desk Major upgrade to ILS system Two new self checkout machines Major upgrade to telephone system Upgrade to video surveillance system
Brampton Local Author’s Showcase launched; One Book One Brampton program; Expanded Library Settlement services; Community Partnerships; Renovation of Chinguacousy branch completed; New Audio Recording studio Screen reader support enabled.
Brantford Strategic Plan Construction began on the renovation of the Main Library façade, entrance and desks Nearly 84,000 eBooks and audiobooks were downloaded Nearly 1,000 hours of online training through Lynda.com Library staff answered 59,135 reference questions More than 2,600 3D print jobs completed
Britt Area Senior outreach
Brock Twp Shared school facility renovation. Author visits. Entrepreneurial showcase. Increased participation in library writing contest.
Brockville Updated the children’s section, CEO retirement and new CEO recruitment, almost completed current Strategic Plan.
Bruce County Accreditation (system and all 17 branches), introduction of wearable tech language tracker for babies, new partnership project with Economic Development (AMO sponsored project)
Bruce Mines & Plummer Additional Union New children’s summer program. We named it “Cub Club”. For children ages 6-12. It is an 8 week program from July to August. 4 Hours a day, Tuesday through Friday.
Burk’s Falls, Armour & Ryerson Union -Library began the Strategic Plan review to be completed in 2018 for the next four years -Library organized a variety of workshops and events with the assistance of local health activists. These events were very successful and will continue in 2018 -Library offered youth programs like Minecraft Madness and continues to develop the Almaguin Kids Club which provides a save space for the youth in the community  -In 2017, the Library launched ‘Seed Library Exchange’. The community response was very welcoming and the program will continue in 2018 with workshops and guest speakers.
Burlington Content Service review – leading to a recommendation to outsource shelf ready materials. Vital – ILS module that is used for digital asset management for local history materials. Purchase of two high end #D printers, embroidery machine and a vinyl printer. Integrated circulation desk and information desk into one service point at a neighbourhood branch.
Caledon A Master Plan and Strategic Plan were drafted and adopted in 2016.  Work in 2017 was dedicated to realizing the objectives and goals identified in the previous year.  Initial design and planning was completed for a new branch within a community hub slated to open in 2019. Introduction of a blended service model at our largest branch (Albion-Bolton) Hours of operation extended at Alton and Caledon Village branches, supported by the closure of Belfountain Branch. Partnership with Town Economic Development to provide services and collections to small businesses. Launched Artful Caledon in support of local visual artists with online platform, in branch exhibits and related programs/events.  Launch of remote holds pick up lockers in Belfountain Community Hall
Callander We started a Toddler Tales Program for babies and toddlers. We completed a building design with our Architects and presented it to Council where it was approved. We raising $59,000 dollars towards our new building in 2017 through fundraising efforts We partnered with an award winning local Robotics Team to offer two one week summer camps to combine STEM and literacy activities for area children.
Cambridge Collection and Location codes for all items reworked and simplified.  CollectionHQ was launched. Started a Seed Library and began lending garden tools and outdoor play equipment. Branches open in the morning.  All lighting in the QS Children’s Department was replaced with a more efficient system. Introduced 3D printing to the public. Began using staff scheduling software to simplify call-in requirements.  Partnership with YMCA expands Settlement Workers to Clemens Mill.  2nd place in the TD Summer Reading awards.  New phone system introduced at all locations. Awarded Hallman Foundation grant to renovate the Clemens Mill/St. Benedict school library.  Introduced some innovative Teen programming – Teen Tastemakers (reviews and recommendations by and for teens) and TechTeen (teens helping seniors with their technology needs.)
Carleton Place -new targeted seniors programs
Casselman Bibliothèques de rue, club de lecture, ateliers, corrections de logiciels (ex: Mandarin)
Cavan Monaghan Public Library Board, Township of More community involvement/outreach – which resulted in larger program attendance in 2017.
Centre Hastings We had a busy year switching from Mandarin M3 automated circulation system to JASI. Each item in the library had to be re-barcoded – making it the perfect opportunity to weed the collection as well.  The result has been a much cleaner collection with a high-functioning database to keep track of everything.
Champlain Twp We held more presentations for adults including a very successful series of talks called FemPower about women travellers. We are continuing our outreach to seniors and held visits in local Senior’s residences.  We also hosted a strawberry social at the library to encourage them to come out.  We partnered with a ESL summer school to have students visit the library and provided a storytime for them.
Chapleau Twp – Completion of Community Needs Survey – Circulation Desk, including accessible counter
Chatham-Kent • Online fundraising program continues • Partnership with Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit continued – walking / reading programs offered  • Superkids CK • CK Gift Shop • Purses with a purpose fundraiser (4th year) • System-wide CK Reads community wide reading program • How-To Festival for 2nd year • Seed Library for 2nd  year (expanded from 1 to 3 branches) • 2 new water filling stations in conjunction with Public Health
Chippewas of Georgina Island FN We celebrated our 30th Anniversary for both the Library and Literacy Program in September
Chippewas of Nawash FN The library upgraded two computers and one printer
Chippewas of Rama FN Partnership with Huronia Cultural Camps
Chippewas of the Thames FN Elders and Girl Power Programming was successful in reaching its potential target audience. There was positive feedback from participants.
Clarington, Municipality of In 2017 the Library introduced a new OPAC: SirsiDynix, Enterprise combined with eResource central.  The new catalogue smoothly unites the print and electronic collections in one seamless search experience. It complies with the AODA by allowing users to convert the text, colours, and contrasts on site with the click of a button. For a second year, the Library partnered with Markham Stouffville Hospital to host an Infant Hearing Clinic that provides infant hearing screening for children 4 months or younger. The library offered its “Food for Fines” program from Dec. 1-15 for the 9th year in a row.  The library waived $499.65 in fines as part of the program that donated food items to 3 local  community food banks. We hosted the 14th annual Winter Wonderlearn Festival on Feb. 20 – designed to encourage members to get active and spend time together on Family Day. Over 614 people attended the 4 hour event and it received the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence at OLA Superconference.
Clearview Twp Clearview Public Library’s main branch (Stayner) was the launch site for a County-wide remote access to newcomer service organization.
Cobourg We partnered with the Harwood Hall in rural Hamilton Township and offer mobile library service once per month. We established several new book clubs in the Library for seniors. We also introduced a new DVD collection called “Fast Flicks” which has been very successful.
Cochrane Public Library Board We were recognized by the MTCS on the shortlist for our Outreach program to the Seniors residence as well as for shut-in residents.
Collingwood 2017 was a record year for program attendance.  In addition to our ongoing children’s programs, author visits, noon hour concerts, and outreach programs, we introduced a few new ideas and services: -Creation of an Older Adults’ Advisory council to help plan more programs and services for seniors -Food for Thought Club, a monthly pairing of recipes and cooking know-how with local chefs  -free violin lessons for children -French conversation Circle for those looking to brush-up on their spoken French -Crafter’s Corner for Seniors -Genealogy club -Sewing classes for teens -and we became an Accredited Ontario Public Library
Cornwall In 2017 Cornwall Public Library converted to RFID technology which included adding two self-check stations, undertook an extensive weeding project prior to RFID conversion, observed Canada 150 celebrations and programming (i.e. ran 150 days of Fine Forgiveness), adopted the new RDA cataloguing standard, significantly increased STEM-based children’s programming, had a 63% increase in the number of items read in the Children’s Summer Reading Club, upgraded staff and public computers to Windows 10, and replaced the entire HVAC system converting to gas-fired boilers (from electric).
Cramahe Twp New Programs with local partners e.g. Rural Handicraft workshops and nature workshops
Curve Lake FN The Library has relocated to the school as of August 2017. With that came some small renovations to accommodate not only students but the public as well. We had new book shelves custom made to fit the space, new bathroom, and new security system for the safety of the students. Since the library’s relocation to the CLFN School, we’ve been able to offer more children’s reading challenges, lessons/activities. And librarian availability has benefited the students.
Dorion Twp New winter program  for children. Reading and crafting.
Dryden -Completed the Library Values toolkit pilot project with 5 other Northern Libraries to measure our Return on Investment – Applied for and received funding from the Retired Teachers of Ontario to begin a First Nations collection for youth – Expanded STEM programming for children and tweens – Completed risk assessment and updated all safety procedures with input from staff, CEO and Board – Increased programming initiatives for Seniors through ongoing partnership with our local Seniors home and respite care provider – Developed new outreach kit and procedures and took part in additional community outreach opportunities, including booths at Dryden Days of Summer and school festivals – Continued policy manual review, revising more than 10 library policies and developing new policies – Added new family programming including game days, scavenger hunts and a break-out room – Reached the $10,000 mark on our Library Shelving Fund
Ear Falls Twp We started a genealogy group.  We promoted learning and artistic expression through several crafting projects.  We held a summer reading program were we looked at survival in the bush.  We also painted rocks and put them around town for local residents and tourists to find to promote our library.
East Gwillimbury Upgraded website to make it more accessible, user friendly, and added responsive design. Completed renovation of HL branch to make staff area fully accessible and add 4 more workstations.  In partnership with Newmarket Public Library took over management of local TIFF Circuit to bring indie films north of 401. Presented a community report to Council on meeting our strategic goals from 2012-2017.
Elgin County A new Shedden Library was built and completed by 2017.  The new Library is 3,657 square feet and was renamed the Southwold Township Library, Shedden.
Elliot Lake As of May 2017 the library has moved into it’s new location at Pearson Plaza. This was a new build we increased our space from 5,000 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft. Our new library has a large program room equipped with a projector, screen, whiteboard and touch screen smartboard. We also have a large smart TV with Nintendo and Playstation. We are now able to provide the teens with their own area – comfortable seating, computers and separate collection. We offer 4 wireless hotspots and have increased the number of catalogue computers as well as public access computers.
Englehart Introduced a new fundraising event called Kids Fun Day, our recreation committee donated arena for us to offer 8 makerspaces, art club donated time to teach kids how to fabric collage, new technology was presented to the community, local businesses donated time, cash and services to help out. We offer as many services as possible so our community does not have to go out of town for them.
Espanola Major infrastructure (electrical, plumbing, HVAC) issues now resolved, strategic planning now underway, succession plan developed and implemented, senior and child programming partnerships developing, realignment of physical and collection spaces
Essa We celebrated our 50th Anniversary. We created a new partner-event with our local high school Culinary students: Essalicious. The library grew/obtained the food & the students prepared a great meal. We had our first One Community Read with Plum Johnson, They Left us Everything. All activities emphasize Community Building: Health & Well-being.
Essex County As a participant in Windsor Essex Emergent literacy Network – ECL participates in outreach events that focus on health and wellness for parents with infants and children ages 0-6. Host information literacy days with EarlyON centres.
Fort Frances We offered many new programs; Minecraft, adult crafting workshops, 3d Printing Certification courses, 3D Quick Prints, Local film festival, a new book club, local authors’ book launches. We also added Board games to our collection, ran a Food for Fines campaign, and hosted a high school co-op student.
French River Many organizations in our community look to us to form partnerships in creating programs for all ages in our community.  This builds a strong and healthy community.
Georgina The Library’s Fanfest 2 superhero event attracted 1,300 attendees in 2017.
Gravenhurst Public Library – completed several goals regarding a facility/site study including an in-depth community needs survey, focus group consultations with various stakeholders, board and staff discussions, and the development of conceptual drawings for the library’s future expansion – worked through pre-audit checklist items for public library provincial accreditation – completed weeding and initiated first inventory of the library’s physical collection – delivered training to local high school staff on library’s digital resources – expanded in-house and outreach technology training offerings – upgraded wireless hotspots and implemented new stat tracking software – participated in the first Muskoka wide #Readfor15Muskoka literacy event  – hosted first afterhours Literary Libations event in conjunction with the Gravenhurst BIA and Chamber of Commerce
Greater Madawaska Twp We initiated a Tween Book Club for children ages 7 to 12 We are moving closer to relocating the library within the community to an upgraded location.  Our current location is in need of repairs and upgrading.  We are working with the Municipality to relocate the library. We increased the number of visits by the Renfrew County Public Nurse to 2 per month instead of 1 visit per month due to the popularity of the parent-child drop-in. We did a presentation to the Calabogie Lions Club seeking funds for our Children’s Lego program and they informed us in late 2017 that they would be providing us with a cheque for $500, which we  have now received. Our circulation continues to increase and our programs are well attended.
Greater Sudbury Digitizing of local newspapers using Content DM. Upgraded our events calendar on the website so that it can be accessed in both official languages.
Grey Highlands Grey Highlands Public Library received a Trillium Grow Grant to expand the Grey Highlands Cultural Channel cable and youtube channels https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvhVGIRWDZPd6ZHy9pha3xg/featured   2) The Library as partner on the Municipal Canada 150 Committee,  helped  promote and assist with events taking place throughout the year.  Specifically the library planned and organized a very large concert in the fall, entitled “Into the Future:  celebrating 150 years of Culture in Grey Highlands.  This event was a celebration of Stories, songs/instrument and dance and was held at the local secondary school auditorium, drawing an audience of 500. The event featured a reprise of some of the Canada 150 events throughout the year.  It also included a 12 minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2UaG8kfZTA 3) Library oversaw program for 1st Poet Laureate for Grey Highlands.
Grimsby 16th Season of the Grimsby Author Series.  Special Author series event at the library featuring Maureen Jennings upgraded to Polaris 5.6  first annual Sponsor, Benefactor and Volunteer Appreciation event (in partnership with Grimsby Public Art Gallery) Added Flipster
Guelph Wifi Upgrades
Haldimand County Completed 3,600 square-foot addition to Dunnville Branch ($1.9M project). Completed facility-wide renovation and creation of new history room, study room and accessible washrooms at Jarvis Branch ($0.3M project). Awarded architectural contract for design of 6,500 square foot Cayuga Branch at new downtown location. Retirement of CEO Debra Jackson after 31 years of service. Tripled participation in Knitting Clubs at three branches. Developed new Crafternoons program for adults at several branches. Launched Community Volunteer Income Tax Program in participation with Canada Revenue Agency, offering free, simple income tax returns for individuals of modest income. Began partnership with Credit Counseling Society to deliver free personal budgeting workshops. Launched delivery program in Caledonia to RVilla retirement home and recruited volunteer to make homebound deliveries in Caledonia for the first time.
Haliburton County Embarked on a community maker space partnership now called the Community of Making, providing maker activities and digital literacy programs in our spaces and as outreach.
Halton Hills Introduced Wifi to Go, internet hotspot lending program Introduced new technology exploration program to discover Makey Makey games, playdough drums, Green Screen and Google Cardboard experiences Halton Hills Lecture series, with guest speakers from the University of Guelph In partnership with the Helson Gallery, conducted Spirit of the Bead  and the history of the craft As part of the Wenjiang Festival (Halton Hills Sister City) – offered Chinese painting, and calligraphy classes, and traditional Sichuan cooking demonstrations. Received grant for New Horizons for Seniors program which was used to offer a Skills Exchange program OnStage Family theatrical show featuring CBC’s Will Stroet. Supported the Canada 150 Norval-on-the-Credit Festival  Celebrating Our Indigenous Roots program by offering; KAIROS Blanket exercises,  Sharing Ceremonies, local indigenous artists and  indigenous themed performers Introduced Food4Fines initiative providing a fines amnesty
Hamilton Strategic Plan Update, Renovation of Dundas Branch, New Binbrook Library, Extended Hours (Unstaffed) at Freelton, Return on Investment Report, SPRC Assessment of Library Services for planning new locations, System Service Hours Review, $1,250,000 secured from Heritage Green Trust for new expanded Valley Park Branch
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Twp We are providing library service to individuals who are unable to leave their homes especially during winter months.
Hawkesbury La bibliothèque à un nouveau comptoir de prêt qui est maintenant conforme aux normes sur l’accessibilité. Réaménagement de la section des jeunes afin d’offrir un espace pour les adolescents.
Henvey Inlet FN providing internet services for windfarm training
Hilton Union We were able to run our IT Drop-in throughout the year with our government grants.  It is was a huge success and hopefully can be continued.  We have continued with fundraising for running the library and for building improvements.
Hornepayne Twp We have created a much greater community awareness of the services our library has to offer. We are reaching more and more community members that we were not reaching in the past. We have formed many community partnerships as a result of our participation in and/or hosting community events. Our community partners include The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, Hornepayne Elementary & Secondary School, Porcupine Health Unit, Community Living Algoma, Hornepayne Early ON Centre, The Three Bears Day Care, Northern Credit Union, Hornepayne Economic Development Corporation, Hornepayne Fire Department, Township of Hornepayne, Ontario Provincial Police, Algoma EMS,Ecole Saint Nom de Jesus School.
Huntsville Replacement of HVAC System, Introduction of Chromebooks for circulation in the library, addition of another hotspot, Replacement of all public access computers & upgrades to a new system, Canada 150 Grant Renovation of Friends Room, Staff Development Day, introduction of hoopla (first streaming resource), Income Tax Clinics for those in need, and final steps for update of website in 2018.
Huron County Strategic Plan updated and put in place for 2018-2023 Capital furnishings, blinds purchased for Seaforth Library to compliment Municipality of Huron East’s replacement of windows and roof.  International Plowing match held in Huron County.  Library very active in planning and participation (high program attendance due  to library participation – button making, 3D printer, and so on.  We began a 2 year community hub project.
Huron Shores built a new ramp and got an automatic door
Ignace We offered a arts and crafts program which was well attended. Due to staff limitations, we are continuing our arts and crafts program more on a drop in basis, which is quite popular. With added attention to our maker space areas, we are seeing more families coming to the library to spend time together.
Innisfil The Library hosted the Marketing Libraries Think Tank for the first time.   The Lakeshore Branch once again served as the location for the Town’s “Spirit of Our Community” dinner and auction, raising substantial funds for the Town’s Community Grant program.   The hackLAB at the Cookstown Branch was expanded to include a laser cutter, and 3D printers at both hackLABs were upgraded to LulzBot.   Working in partnership with the Town of Innisfil and the South Simcoe Police, Library staff planned and implemented a community-wide ShareCycle program. The program makes bikes available for the public to use and leave for the next person. Volunteer teens prepared the bikes, painting them in bright colours.  The Library participated in the Bridge Toolkit project as a pilot site, both Phase 1 & 2, working with Toronto Public Library and Nordicity, consultants. The goal of the project was to develop a toolkit for assessing the impact of technology in Ontario’s public libraries.
Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 FN New programs included 2 workshops with digital and photography. also networked with youth and child strategy worker for youth programming.
Kapuskasing We are pleased with our Teen Advisory Group. Their assistance with the programs such as Club Lego , Kids Zone with added games, Ozobots and Cubelets, Story Hour and Craft and Special Events throughout the year were greatly appreciated by the staff and the patrons. We had and Information Session on Banking Fraud by the Caisse Populaire de Kapuskasing. A Calendar Photo Contest by joint committee from the Kapuskasing District Chamber of Commerce and the Kapuskasing Library. Our book collection is appreciated by our patrons, our promotion and media are always receptive with our promotional requests. For the Ontario Public Library Week we had an iPad workshop, a Lego Evening, a Book Talk and a client appreciation draw. Our summer programs consisted of technology, cultural and traditional activities, such as Story Hour and Craft, Reading Program, Lego and Ozobot Workshops and Art Creations for children and adults. Friends of the Library supported the Programs.
Kawartha Lakes, City of In early 2017 the library closed the Carden branch. In November 2017 we relocated our Omemee Branch. A new CEO was hired and started in November 2017
Kenora City In 2017 we completed the Valuing Northern Libraries project. Kenora was one of six Northern communities to participate on the steering committee.  The Social Return On Investment for Kenora was quite favorable at $23.86 return for each municipal dollar invested in library service.
King Twp Design & Engineering work associated to the King City Library Renovation & Expansion Project Service and Organizational Review
Kingston-Frontenac County New library building in Mountain Grove opened in March 2017;   Explore Frontenac-a partnership with Frontenac County, local conservation authority and Ontario Parks to offer park passes;   STEM Start and Punks-programs for children ages 3-10
Kirkland Lake We recently added a Café area to our library. It is housed in the adult department. We purchased bistro tables and chairs, and new leather sitting chairs. This was achieved with money that was donated to the library in memory of a well known community member. We were also able to purchase a new ScanPro 3000 microfilm reader for our genealogy group.
Kitchener Implemented Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library http://kpl.org/instruments In partnership with Grand River Hospital, opened the J. Wesley Graham Patient and Family Resource Centre, for cancer patients and their families at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. http://www.grhosp.on.ca/care/services-departments/cancer/resource-centre
La Nation For the Nation Municipality Public Library, 2017 was a year of ‘settling in‘. The St Albert branch now relocated into its new renovated location had a few final touches added such as the display of local art work which was very well received by the local population. The St Isidore Branch just relocated to its new renovated location in late December, 2016  thanks to the Scotia Bank building donation we needed to set up from scratch.  Once set up, we had a joint Grand Opening ribbon cutting on Friday April 7th, 2017 with representatives from Scotia Bank, the Nation Municipality, local and Ottawa area media and the mobile unit of the Museum of Science and Technology who served Ice Cream made with liquid nitrogen and allowed clients to experience 3D goggles on site.  The last two (2) years have represented a lot of change for the Nation Municipality Public Library.   With the Technology Funding we also replaced all our public and work computers. What a memorable year it has been!!!
Lake of Bays Twp This year we used our grant money to purchase and offer MAC computers to our library users. Offering the iOS operating system, in addition to  Microsoft products, has enabled patrons to become proficient in multiple systems which enhances their resumes and potential for jobs. We also purchased an inventory control device that works with our ILS. This is enabling us to update our collection and maintain it’s accuracy.
Lambton County In 2017, Lambton County Library introduced its Mobile Makerspace.   Staff held approximately 17 special launch events throughout the community to introduce the public to Makerspace technology before rolling out the technology on a rotational schedule to 25 libraries in Lambton County.   Many of these branches are located in rural areas.
Larder Lake Public Library We continue to add new programs to our existing events. in 2016 we held an event for the commemoration of Vimy Ridge with a local author which he did a reading from his recently published book followed by a meet and great.  We continue with our Adult card night, monthly children’s craft nights, Movie and Popcorn nights, children’s gardening program and our TD Summer Reading Program.  We held three community events; a new magic show, Science Timmins-hands on science show as well as celebrated our 25th year for our Annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale.
Laurentian Hills The library ran an escape room and raised money to upgrade our technology in the Chalk River Library.
Leeds and the Thousand Islands Twp The Library added additional opening hours to its two smaller branches.
Lennox and Addington County – Online library card registration launched – Museum pass collection expanded – Launched student book club in partnership with local elementary school – Added “Starling” (wearable word counters) to circulating “Beyond Books” collection – Participated in Science Literacy Week by hosting a joint event at L&A’s Dark Sky Viewing Area – Launched “Staff Picks” readers’ advisory campaign
Lincoln Libraries in Niagara Cooperative initiated a joint catalogue with holds, etc. for all participating libraries. Participated in Town-wide Canada 150 event.
London Refresh of Cherryhill and Landon Branches; completion of renovation at Central Library; elimination of fines for children and reduced fine rates for teens; introduction of Arabic/English storytime, inaugural Drag Queen Storytime, inaugural One Book One London which involved numerous community partners, introduction of Community Wellness Pilot project with Canadian Mental Health Association
M’Chigeeng FN Providing literacy based library classes during the day for JK-8 students once per week – this support overall school and community goals to increase literacy and access to quality literature. With the staffing of a full time, experience librarian, we have begun to expand and weed our collection in order to better meet the needs of the community we serve. It is our hope to undertake a complete library inventory this summer.
Madawaska Valley Twp In 2017 we extended partnerships and outreach. We worked with Loyalist College to offer programs in the community. Through fundraising we were able to provide a book tree to a neighbouring community that contracts with us for library services. We organized a Canada 150 lecture event with a local Art Gallery / Visitors Centre that had a significant turnout.
Magnetawan FN We had an author come into the library. He did a slide show presentation & did native drumming with the group of attendees.
Manitouwadge We have worked hard to expand our community partnerships (Township Programmer, Best Start, local schools).  We continue to look for opportunities to bring the Library to the community by participating in community events like Frosty Days, Canada Day, Fall Festival, Home Based Craft Sale; we have been offering regular Story Book Walks and Library in the Park days during the spring, summer and fall months.
Marathon new programs
Markham 1.Implemented the Digital Literacy Intensive training program to develop staff skillsets in support of the Digital Markham Strategy. 2. Developed MPLEDu, a web-based staff onboarding and training tool, with online learning modules to replace paper documentation and track staff progress. 3.Expanded STEAM/Digital Literacy Summer Camps and Children’s Programming to realize increased participation, fill rates and revenue. 4.Launched Markham’s first Toy Library – lending educational toys to support children’s school readiness and early literacy development in the home. 5.Celebrated Canada 150 with an indigenous-themed Markham Reads One Book selection – Dawn Dumont’s Nobody Cries at Bingo – and a Canada 150-themed library card for new members.  6. Partnered with York University to launch the inaugural York University Scholars Hub speakers series in Markham’s libraries. 7. Launched the Markham Online 3D Printer e-Learning Course and Certification, the first of its kind
Markstay-Warren We have increased our networking with community organizations in order to reach out to non-library users in the community, avoid duplication of services and to better serve our community
Marmora and Lake Twp Started more outreach and programming for adults and seniors in the community. Ancestry workshops for adults during the summer to support the seasonal population. Membership drive at the local nursing home, and started monthly visit and book exchange.  Old windows replaced in the library, including window covering to improve computer screen visibility.
Mattawa We Have become a team. Working together and working hard to improve the communities experience when visiting our Library as well as the communities perception of how to use the Library. It has been a great Year.
Mattice-Val Cote Twp Nous avons changé de système d’informatisation. Nous avons joint Jasi. Nous sommes présentement dans le processus de former un partenariat avec le Conseil Scolaire Catholique des Grandes Rivières pour amalgamer les deux bibliothèques sous le même toit, soit dans l’école primaire qui est très bien situé dans la communauté et accessible pour tous le monde.
McGarry Twp With the ILDS grant we were able to buy a PlayStation4 and the Virtuel Reality that goes with it. Since we purchased these items the Teens started coming and mentoring the Senior patrons on how electronic games works and they have mini tournaments every week its great to see. We also started a book club in which we see teens, adults and seniors sharing their thoughts on books. We saw a rise in patrons that come in the library this year!
McKellar Twp This year we celebrated 35 years with a big celebration in the library on Canada Day.  We had a historical display with pictures and documents from our history.  We received a plaque to commemorate the event from the township.  To help celebrate Ontario 150 we participated in the McKellar Heritage Regatta with a displayed with help of our museum in the library.
Meaford renegotiated Library Services Agreement with the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library Board. Finalized space needs analysis and facility condition assessment. New library location identified. Fundraising Committee formed by Municipal Council.
Merrickville-Wolford Increased involvement/partnership with municipal staff.  Refurnishing of meeting room
Michipicoten FN MFN Artifact Project- ongoing cataloguing MFN Youth Council Group- Annual Halloween fundraiser New Library programs/ maker spaces
Middlesex County Library We opened a Makerspace/Creative Space in the Dorchester library, with a variety of high & low tech. The Library also continued our participation in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge project, funded through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Funding for this project continues until 2018.
Milton One Book One Milton continues to be hugely successful with Yann Martel being 2017’s chosen author; MPL purchased and implemented a 3D scanner and staff are developing online training for 3D printing certification. Planning and development for MPL’s 3rd branch continued throughout 2017.
Mississauga Lakeview, Lorne Park, Streetsville Libraries turned 50. Port Credit was named one of the coolest libraries in Canada by Chatelaine Magazine. Approved revitalization funding for Central with a Digital Hub. Makerspace development continued. Celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday with One Book, One Mississauga which delivered city-wide interest and well attended citizenship ceremony performed. Open Window Hub, designed to assist homelessness and the vulnerable, was launched. Accessibility web page updated. Thousands attended the Mississauga Comic Expo.  In partnership with other organizations, a collection of new books were collected for a local school. Celebrated Canadian Library Month with signage on building and city buses. Hosted interview with Steve Paikin and Mayor Bonnie Crombie about Mississauga’s Future with special guest Bill Davis, former Premier. Hosted 200+ librarians for OLA Child & Youth Expo. Received 90% customer satisfaction on citizen survey – highest service area in city.
Mississippi Mills Expand and renovation completed of the Pakenham Branch Library (Canada 150 grant)
Moonbeam Twp Nous utilisons maintenant JASI. Nous avons l’heure du conte et une session de legos à tous les mardis de septembre à juin.
Muskoka Lakes Twp The library is continually growing and adapting to be used as a hub for the community and meeting the needs of our users.  A new program this year was the formation a youth choir. We also changed IT providers and changed our integrated library system from being part of the Muskoka Consortium to now being part of JASI with Ontario Library Services North.
Naotkamegwanning FN we had a big increase in digital electronics and this made a huge impact on the Library. More people have been coming in, especially the youth. They like to play with the ‘coding’ and ‘snap circuit’ center.
New Credit FN With the help of Grand River and Training, we were able to host a young person interested in library work as a vocation. Funded by the Six Nations Council, she enabled us to extend library hours from 20 hours/week to 37.5, and was instrumental in introducing arts and crafts programs into the library and also able to extend the tutoring program.
New Tecumseth Review of Outstanding Pay Equity Matters and Job Descriptions, Joint Services Agreement Update with the Town of New Tecumseth adding Technology Services, New VOIP Telephone System Review and Update of Policy & Procedural Manual, Review and Update of Employee Training Handbook Involvement in the RFP for the new Tottenham Branch Facility in Tottenham, ON working with the Engineering Department, Town of New Tecumseth Policy Review – Library Board Bylaws, Policy Review — Unattended Children in the Library / Children’s Rights, Strategic Plan Draft, Annual Report Draft, Operational Plan Draft and Technology Plan Draft
Newmarket Updated website, 12 lending laptops, contributions to Canada 150 celebrations, Impact Survey, little free library, Healthy Communities campaign, Southlake Cinemania, STEM Village, Hoopla
Niagara Falls The Library performed an ILS Migration moving to Open Source – Evergreen in the Fall of 2017, with a Go Live date of December 14, 2017.  We opened a new Maker Space/Media Lab/Recording Studio during Ontario Public Library Week in October 2017, which includes audio and video recording equipment, two 3D printers (resin and filament), musical instruments, sewing machines, video to digital conversion equipment, a green screen and more. The Library updated its Logo and Branding to reflect our new vision and qualities for the system.
Niagara-on-the-Lake – Interior renovation to entire library facility – New makerspace
Nipigon Twp Partnered with Family Health Team to offer Food Art (healthy eating / living) Program to pre-teens and got an OLSN collaboration award for it.  Partnered with Red Rock Public Library and the Family Health Team to offer healthy summer programming promoting active local living — A Superior Adventure.
Nipissing FN January 2018:  Integrated Program partners agreed to expanded program to include P.D. Day half-day activities for children when schools are closed. January 2018:  Youth/Teen programs expanded to include fundraising efforts for Youth Council and volunteers.
Norfolk County The highlight of 2017 was most definitely completing the renovation and expansion of the Delhi Branch. The community raised $200,000 towards the project through many fundraising initiatives fronted by a group of community minded patrons.  The Norfolk Remembers the Great War project partnered with the Quilters Guild to create two quilts that were launched in November.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5_Fm2Oc7qM    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLktj8_Wh-U The NCPL completed a youth tabloid for Canada’s 150th celebration in partnership with high schools and local author Deborah Ellis with financial support from the Ontario 150 Partnership grant.  Hosted two well known authors and performers: Red Green came to Port Dover in conjunction with our Authors & Makers Fair and Dan Needles helped NCPL launch our One Novel One Norfolk program.  Created the John Race MakerSpace in Simcoe.
North Grenville Twp A new Strategic Plan was developed for 2017-2022. A new Mission statement was developed. “As a catalyst for learning, discovery and creativity, it is our mission to be a vibrant, accessible resource that builds and promotes an inclusive community by bringing together people and ideas. Specifics include “need and value of programs; 18-45 age group; digital literacy; non-book lending; partnership models for library service; equitable funding model; library cooperation; grants; client relations; promotion; staffing; policies; community hub; local arts and culture; moving beyond our walls; Friends of Library and economic development.
North Kawartha Twp We introduced a new program last Fall – a pumpkin carving contest for kids.  They dropped them off a few days before Halloween and then we had them all lit up for Halloween eve and handed out candy.  We also put a new ipad in for children at our branch.
North Perth Migrated from hosted Horizon to Horizon SaaS Completed a new Strategic Plan Got final approval to relocate our Monkton Branch to the local community centre (to happen in 2018) Increase to our allotment from Development Charges for collections based on growth in the Municipality.
Oakville Developed Targeted Database Views for the HIP Platform Supported business initiatives and youth programming through partnerships with recreation groups, government, and advocacy groups Installed RFID tags in all items, winning the Town of Oakville’s Innovative Solutions award We installed check-out kiosks, check in stations, and sortation units in our branches Bought and developed programs around innovative STEAM-related resources including audio recording devices, GoPro cameras, and drones. Completed a modernization of Iroquois Ridge Branch adding a unique Creation zone Established the OPL Seed Library with the support of generous donations from Richard and Barbara Birkett and the Ball Seed Company. Introduced a laptop collection at an OPL branch  Raised $27,000 through FoL Book Sales Hosted successful lectures from celebrated icons including Linden MacIntyre and Alison Pick, Carol Off and Doug Saunders, Jane Urquhart and Ann Cleeves, and Jowi Taylor and Alexander McCall Smith
Orillia Creation of new strategic plan for 2017-2020; first ever OPL “How-to Festival” attracted 823 participants who learned new skills from more than 40 different presenters; we celebrated Orillia’s and Canada’s 150 birthdays with monthly themed events and displays throughout 2017.
Oshawa Replacement of Roof at the McLaughlin Branch. Opened our newly renovated Children’s Library at the McLaughlin Branch. Opened our new Local History Room at the McLaughlin Branch. Received Accessibility Award. Shortlisted for the Ministers Award for Innovation. Created CloudLinking Partnership with 6 libraries.
Otonabee-South Monaghan Twp 2017 we received a Seniors Community Grant, provided programming for 55+ in technology, internet/scam education, health and wellbeing workshops, painting workshops.
Ottawa OPL launched exciting new programming in music and storytelling, concluded a multi-year RFID technology conversion, and strengthened the Library’s reach and value with the unprecedented success of Library Month. Most notably, the Ottawa Central Library story moved decisively forward in 2017.
Owen Sound & North Grey Union The first service agreement was negotiated between the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library Board and the Meaford Public Library. In 2017 a reorganization of staffing structure took place including an appointment of Deputy Chief Librarian. The Library launched our new 3D printer and Cricut machines to our Creation Station program. We hosted our most successful Great Annual Book Sale in October 2017.
Oxford County 1.Embro branch renovation 2.Launch of You Tube videos and Instagram account 3.Coding Clubs 4.Tech Bar opened in at the Ingersoll branch for drop in tech tutoring
Parry Sound The Library underwent turnover in staff (4 new staff); ladder added to building
Pelham Opened a renovated and expanded branch location in Fenwick along with expanded hours of service.
Pembroke Developed  5 years Strategic Plan, Advisory board on Local immigration partnership program, Developed and implemented Early Literacy programs in partnering with Ontario Early Years center. $10000  Fund-raised, Improved seating arrangements with new comfy seating and Redesigned the interior of the building.
Perth East Offered new programs in 2017: Bright Babies (a program for new parents/care givers with special visits and guests, this type of program has never before been offered at our library). We also partnered with the Perth District Health Unit for several of our programs. And a new partnership with the Stratford House of Blessing has led to more Teen programming opportunities.
Perth and District Union new strategic plan 2017-2021
Petawawa We started adding video games to our collection.  We added online magazines to the collection as well.  A gazebo was added to the garden area.  We’ve started to add fun programs for adults (e.g.. bad art night).
Peterborough Library renovation started in 2016, set to be completed in 2017/early 2018.
Pickering Continued the Pickering Public Library Connects program (grant funded) to expand digital access and learning into the community. Expanded kids coding programs. Created a new database “Pickering Local History Collection Digital Archive” – to replace older database that had technical issues.
Port Hope – new website  – community library survey re new strategic plan  – community consultation regarding future rural library service  – very successful fundraising campaign (surpassed goals) – technological, service and building upgrades  – library board strategic planning workshop
Powassan & District Union Public Library We received a Federal Canada150 Grant in 2017 which enabled us to initiate a major building renovation.
Prescott After 10 years we finally have a sign erected outside the Library.
Prince Edward County Focus group sessions to gather input for launch of a capital campaign to expand the Picton branch.  This proposed addition will double the library space.
Quinte West We updated our ILS.
Rainy River JANUARY: The Library joins Manitoba’s fILL interlibrary loan network. Rainy River is the first Ontario library to go on-line with fILL. By year-end, the Library had borrowed 82 items from Manitoba libraries. MARCH: The Library embarks on a vital fundraising campaign to bridge a $12,200 shortfall in the budget. The campaign finishes the year with $32,909! Many private donations – including one for $10,000 and another for $5,000 – make a big difference. DECEMBER: New computer desks are purchased thanks to a donation from the Royal Canadian Legion. DECEMBER: The Library completes its role as one of six pilot sites in a provincial study on the “Social Return on Investment” in public libraries. The study shows the real value of library services in Rainy River is pushing $1 million!
Ramara Twp Completed Goals and Objectives as outlined in our Strategic Plan by offering new programs and services – new immigrant support, downloadable eMagazines, new Playaway Launchpads and Bookpacks for circulating, and offering a variety of new programs for children/youth/adults & seniors to attract new patrons.
Red Lake Drop in spot for Best Hubs Programs Drop in for French Storytime Running a tackleshare Program for children Updated to Jasi automated system Food for Fines program Partner with after school library programs run by the Indian Friendship Center Free internet for children doing homework at library Family fun crafts workshops Adult Book Club Meet & Greet Local Hockey Team members
Red Rock Twp Trying to obtain funding for facility renovations, unsuccessfully, has resulted in a strong Friends fundraising drive.
Renfrew 2017 included the following highlights:  – completely revamped the main floor of the library with the help of staff, volunteers and limited funding – added a Book Tree to the library grounds which the community has embraced – partnered with Ottawa Public Library so that my staff can attend training in Ottawa with OPL staff  – grabbed a plot in the Community Garden and the children had programs which revolved around the “Literacy garden” throughout the summer and into the fall – implemented Story time for Seniors at the local nursing home. It is still going on as it was well received. – Successful programs included: Dungeons & Dragons, panel discussion: Where truth lies hidden, Irish Coffee House and  our second annual Traditional Christmas Evening
Richmond Hill Participated in the  RH Cultural Summit; Continuing construction on New Oak Ridges Library; Planning & installation of Digital Information Kiosks at 3 library sites; Held our first annual Staff Training & Development Day in May; Completed the Integrated Library Service System (ILS) server replacement project & migrated data to new server; Introduced Mobile Circ; Concluded Local History Archive Room remedial work with installation of environmental controls & specialized shelving; Implemented a Human Capital Management System, an upgrade to current payroll system; Artist-in-Residence Program; Hosted a Mini-Con event at Central Library; Received Community Living York Region Partnership Award (for special needs programming); Launched @RHPLinstalife teen-focused Instagram account
Rideau Lakes Public Library The Rideau Lakes Public Library was Re accredited in 2017.We also received the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence for our lead on the MAPsack Project.   As for innovative programming, the Library initiated the GastroBlast Cooking Course for kids. This ten week course was funded through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Fund. For ten weeks, we showed 40 children how to plan, prepare and cook healthy meals.
Russell * Installation d’un nouveau serveur pour notre logiciel intégré de bibliothèque. * Mise sur pied d’un sous-comité conjoint avec la Municipalité pour la relocalisation d’une des succursales. * Cérémonie pour nommer l’édifice de la succursale Russell en hommage à un ancien maire (Jean-Paul St-Pierre). * Organisation d’une activité collecte de fonds (Humoriste) pour la Banque alimentaire.
Sables-Spanish Rivers Twp One branch of the library expanded to double square footage. Hours of operation at that branch increased by 20%; staffing increased by 17% (from 84 weekly hours to 98).
Saugeen FN Saugeen Received funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to Restore and Expand the library.
Sault Ste. Marie Hosted Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Festival of Trees
Schreiber Twp Major library renovation, upgrade to building, lights, windows, flooring, paint,retro-fit rooms.
Seguin Twp We had more programming to go along with our TD Summer Reading Club, along with Weekly Crafts and Robot Making Programs.
Seine River FN We were finally able to enter all our books into the new catalogue system.
Selwyn Paint Nite fundraising event, Grandpal (penpal program) with local retirement residence and an elementary school classroom, Book club and drop-in family story time at retirement residence. Book sale shelves at the branches, bookshelves in our local community centres
Shelburne In May, 2017, we were notified that we won the 2016 TD Summer Reading Program (English) for all of Canada.   The teen program won in 2017 the Forest of Reading White Pine Book Review competition, which included about $200 in books and Forest of Reading promotional materials.
Simcoe County Co-operative Continued the Simcoe County Libraries Immigrant Hub Project, a partnership between 14 member libraries, the Barrie and Orillia Public Libraries, the Local Immigration Partnership. the YMCA and the Newmarket Welcome Centre. The project provided information, resources and programs to the immigrants in Simcoe County. The Library CEO received the Community Champion Award at the Simcoe County Newcomers Recognition Awards banquet as a result of her work with the Library Immigrant Hub Project.
Sioux Lookout Several policy changes including making computer use free (rather than charging by the hour), reducing our late fees, automatically renewing material for patrons, allowing residents of a nearby First Nations to get library cards at no charge, and increasing our opening hours. In October 2017 we officially launched our Indigenous Collection with our guest of honour, Patricia Ningewance. We became a host-site for the Digital Creator North project (managed by the Near North Mobile Media Lab).
Six Nations FN Removed 1950s heating system and replaced with a dual stage new HVAC for library
Smiths Falls The library has stepped forward to increase services to teens with the closure of the Youth Centre.  The library has partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters to help fill the gap in services left by the closure.
South River-Machar Union This past summer we were able to add $500 of new literature to our Junior section, which was much in need of an update.  We were able to purchase a new laptop and find funding to update 5 of our computers and purchase an Early Literacy Station (in very early 2018). We started a new afterschool club that runs every other week and added an extra program for our Summer Programming.  We purchased a new bulletin board as well as new furniture to provide a more inviting environment for our patrons.  Finally, we bought a button maker for our youth programs which has been wonderful for additional programming options.  Our young patrons love it!
Spanish Twp The Library purchased Overdrive eBooks & Audiobooks for use by patrons. As well, the Library also purchased a collection of eResources for use by patrons. Additionally, the library has undertaken a re-vamping of its’ physical space to incorporate and make more readily available electronic and digital resources.
Springwater Twp We implemented a very successful fundraising program, Ladies Night Out, which raised $5000 for early literacy program material and our new playgroup program. Our Heritage Fair resulted in some new partnerships with local organizations. We also had a more prominent outreach role at the local Fall Fair, created a colouring book fundraiser, and increased our programming. The Library published its first Annual Report to stakeholders. We were successful in increasing our budget for 2018 for more hours at each branch and additional staff time.
St. Catharines The Library continued to expand its Makey Makey and STEM programs. The Library introduced new computer programs. The Library developed a “Celebrate Canada 150” speaker series. The Library installed an RFID system which will also include self-checkout. We also installed “Holds to Go” and “Novel Branch” at the Seymour-Hannah arena.The arena is in West St. Catharines. “Novel Branch” is a self-serve lending kiosk and “Holds to Go” is a locker system that allows patrons to place holds on items that are then delivered to the arena and placed in the Holds to Go unit lockers for pick-up. We also purchased and installed new shelving for our CD collections.
St. Joseph Twp In the summer of 2017 we had a new ramp built in the back and a new accessible door installed. We also had new shingles installed on our roof and partial re paving in the parking lot. Having these improvements done really have had a positive impact on our community because this all makes our library more welcoming for everyone. We also offered a photography course that went really well and will hopefully will have more in the future.
St. Thomas * New Strategic Plan * Reading Garden * Rudi Denham – OLA Lifetime Achievement Award * Fundraising Program established – worked with fundraising consultant * Livegauge Sensors – movement in the library
Stirling-Rawdon The Stirling Friends of the Library was established in the spring of 2017 JASI circulation system was purchased through OLS-North and the Stirling Library switched from Mandarin to Jasi in the spring of 2017 The Stirling Library took part in the SaveONEngery incentive by replacing all light fixtures with LED lighting in August/September 2017 The Stirling Library took part in the planning of establishing a Musical Lending Library to be made available to the public in the fall of 2018
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County Nominated for MTCS Minister’s Award for Innovation for our 3 “Library Express” depots; enhanced “pop up library” presence (2x events)
Stratford Replacement of front steps complying with heritage and accessibility; KIT (cards for school children) initiative continues, Auditorium renovated, Maker Space constructed and launched; RFP completed for ILS with PCIN; Migrated ILS from local host to Saas; APPL awards for 2 staff; After hours teen rock group concert (“Mediumship”), CEO becomes FOPL Chair; Rebranding, Project Smart with Stratford Police, Sensory Storytime launched (for families with autism); Maker Kits begin lending; partner, Stratford Writers Festival; Community Dialogues (on challenging issues, including reconciliation) series; SPL staff deliver ALA webinar session; strategic plan RFQ issued; “Gale Courses” begun to great interest.
Sundridge-Strong Union We added the Lego Boost to our programming this year.
Tehkummah Twp We have a new fundraising book sale which runs all summer long at our ferry terminal. It promotes library awareness, recycles books, and is a great fund raiser for our library.
Temiskaming Shores In 2016 and 2017 the library participated as a steering committee member in the OLCF R&I Library Value Project with Ontario Library Service North and Nordik Institute. The committee created a toolkit to measure Social Return on Investment for small, Northern, rural and Indigenous public libraries.  In 2017 our library partnered on Digital Creator North with the Near North Mobile Media Lab, which was successful in a large Trillium grant to open digital creator spaces in six Northern Ontario libraries. The Digital Creator North project encourages youth in their communities to become creators rather than just consumers of digital media.
Terrace Bay Twp Increased recreational type programming for children as local rec centre unable to provide
The Blue Mountains Board hired a new CEO Canada 150 Program,  Was a leader in programs regionally
Thessalon Upgraded cataloguing system. Fundraiser to celebrate Canada 150; raffled a Canada quilt Host “Music Café at the Library”, featuring local entertainers, as a fundraiser Host Monthly Writer’s Group Annual Magic Show for children Annual book sale
Thorold New programs such as garden club, You’re the Chef cooking programs, Kids Yoga were started and a comic book collection was added due to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Grant.
Thunder Bay TBPL has contracted with the family of noted Canadian author, Sheila Burnford, to receive, preserve, provide access to and promote the papers, letters, manuscripts, photographs and other memorabilia of Ms. Burnford. We have begun the process of developing a Sheila Burnford collection which also will include information about her writing/travel partner, artists Susan Ross, and an Indigenous component related to their travels to remote northern reserves. To develop the Burnford profile we have partnered with Sheba Films and LU history professor to offer a community screening of The Incredible Journey (300 plus in attendance) and of the new documentary about Burnford, Long Walk Home (100+). In November, the daughters of Ms. Burnford signed a letter of intent to transfer the materials to the Library for us to develop and make available. This will be a multi-year project and we are partnering with the City to develop events and related activities.
Timmins -Partnership with Généalogie Timmins Genealogy – Donation of their collection/partnership agreement -New Seed Library at our South Porcupine branch
Toronto Toronto Public Library (TPL) continues to be one of the world’s busiest libraries. Activity surpassed 95.4 million uses, with 17.3 million visits & 27.7 million website visits.  E-circulation grew 12.2%. OverDrive circulation of 4.6 million was the highest globally. Implemented an Accountability Framework and Balanced Scorecard to evaluate and measure our progress in achieving Strategic Plan objectives. Full-year Sunday service expanded to 6 branches, for a total of 14 branches. Added 3 new Youth Hubs, for a total of 9. Opened 3 Digital Innovation Hubs, for a total of 6. Added 3 Pop-Up Learning Labs, for a total of 6, to provide access to 3D printers, maker technology and  digital design programs at branches across the City. Launched Phase 3 of the Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Pilot providing 625 devices.
Trent Hills Last year a young man names Bailey MacDonald died in a terrible accident. The parents approached me about doing something in his name. With money raised we have placed book bags with JP( yellow) and Junior books(grey) with his logo in emergency vehicles in the area. This includes OPP and Fire, they are also available for children who are home bound and in hospitals. In addition we have begun a book club and home work help in his name. By the end of this year we are hoping to branch out to another library in the Northumberland area and to emergency vehicles there. We are also very happy that our discarded large print books are going to the Veterans Residence at Sunnybrook Hospital and the local retirement home, Island Park.
Trent Lakes Upgraded and implemented Integrated Library System to JASI through OLS North.  We brought in two award-winning authors – Stacey Matson and Eugenie Fernandes.   Launched new seniors program in the main branch.
Tudor & Cashel Twp Our aged patrons appreciate the new tablet, they have learned enough to want to get one of their own, realizing how easy they are to use, and read from, joining E book clubs, opening up new interests for them…and the larger monitor has been a success also..
Tweed Changed ILS Re-accreditation
Val Rita-Harty Twp JASI
Wahta Mohawk FN A new integrated library system has been implemented in the library making it much easier for patrons to know what is available in the library. New programs for pre-school children and seniors related to arts and technology have been approved.
Wasaga Beach The library provides a lead role in the Town of Wasaga Beach Age Friendly Advisory Committee The library secured an Ontario Government Seniors Community Grant to fund a Salute to Canada Seniors’ Cultural Tour. The library created a Storybook Trail to offer local and visiting families encouragement to read, exercise and explore together.
Wasauksing FN WiFi online and open to public sector
Waterloo City – New Branch approved – public engagement strategy with City of Waterloo – Launched MakerBike vehicle as portable Maker Space for outreach programming  – Digital checkout for Visiting Library outreach program – Canada 150 projects – “Risky Play” initiative presented at OLA Superconference
Welland Opened Seaway Mall Branch on June 27, 2017
Wellington County Commenced construction on Hillsburgh Branch, last of the 14 branches in the system to be renovated/built since the year 2000. Aboyne Branch reopened after renovation started in 2016. ALA Presidential Citation for Rural Internet Hotspot Lending Programme.
West Grey Twp 17% increase in our visits 31% increase with new members The Durham-Lions refurbished the children’s area Digitization project has begun
West Perth Updated Horizon circulation system – moved to SASS in October 2017, added one more evening children’s program
Westport The library raised money for the materials needed to replace the roof, which is on the calendar for 2018.
Whitby We offered a comic arts festival – WhitCAF – in November. This brought together artists, creators, authors, businesses and fans of all ages of the genre to learn, discover and celebrate. We introduced Hoopla which had a huge uptake by our patrons and expanded our virtual reach. We provide space each week for the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program. We were trained and certified by the Alzheimer Society as a Blue Umbrella site. We offered a sensory friendly hour for children with ASD at one of our community branches. We partnered with the newly formed BIA to offer Whitby Perks where residents could show their library card for a special offer at 10 downtown Whitby Business during Ontario Public Library Week.
Whitchurch-Stouffville Move to temporary location while permanent location was expanded and renovated.  Lending of mobile hot spots.  Finalist for Ontario Public Library Association Innovation Award Pop up libraries in various locations in municipality Installation of Polaris LEAP
White River Twp purchase of robotics collection with a donation from NWMO creation of video/gaming/youth area in the library
Whitestone-Hagerman Memorial Our municipality has purchased the property next to us and they have included us in the 2019 capital plan to expand our library to over 2500 square feet.
Whitewater Region We are working with the Township on a new website.  This will allow residents (and patrons) to access information in one spot.  This new website will have the capacity to be updated with events, news, etc.  Our current website is not able to be updated.  This will be a big improvement.
Wikwemikong FN Service Ontario grant able to purchase Internet access and wireless internet.
Windsor Opened W. F. Chisholm branch on October 14, 2017 Launched Famous Windsorites website
Woodstock • 2017 showcased 589,384 visits to the Library, an increase of 4% • July 31st saw 1863 people come through our doors at Comic-Con, one of the busiest days in our history • 8072 people joined us for March Break • According to the Ontario Public Library Statistics for libraries of population between 30,000 and 50,000, we rank first for in-person visits • According to the Ontario Public Library Statistics for libraries of population between 30,000 and 50,000, we rank first in annual circulation and first in per capita circulation • Our social media activity increased by 37% • New registrations up by 6% • Partnership with Upper Thames Brewing Company for Pub Trivia night – capacity crowd • Partnership with CMHA with on-site professionals each week • Honoured at World Architecture Day • Hosted Woodstock Chamber of Commerce Business after Five event • Successful public engagement for strategic plan with over 450 responses • Part of Ontario Library Consortium