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Mayor Column September 2016

East Gwillimbury library truly is a place of wonder, excitement - September 29

In August, there was an editorial in the East Gwillimbury Express that expressed thanks to the Town’s librarians for their “…patience and enthusiasm…” and for making our local library “…a place of wonder and excitement”. 

How true these words are for so many of us in East Gwillimbury. I wanted to express my own thanks to the librarians and team who continue to offer a range of great services and programs for residents.

Literacy is important at all ages. But, when it is taught at a young age it becomes a basic tool that enables children to interact with the world around them. It can transport them to a magical land or let them see what life was like hundreds of years ago. Reading stimulates the mind and helps prepare our youth to be inspiring creators for the rest of their lives. Sharing the library with my children and then grandchildren has always been a special experience, and I hope you will take the time to bring your young ones and introduce them to the world of books. 

The library is also more than just a home for books, there is a full array of technology and educational opportunities available. The library recently partnered with STEM Village (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to be the first library in Canada to offer this online learning tool to enhance skill development in these essential subjects. In addition, the library offers an array of exciting programs to engage children with STEM subjects in fun ways such as 3D printing!

Our libraries are a key source of community for many residents, which is why they have focused on community engagement and creating partnerships for outreach in recent years. This has included hosting a monthly food pantry, offering homebound delivery service, and hosting pop ups at local businesses and events to help spread the word about what’s new at the library. 

On October 1st, the library is partnering with the Town, Network North and Sharon Temple to host Culture Days EG. An exciting (and free!) one-day “how-to” festival that teaches event go-ers a new skill in 10 minutes or less (ice cream making, cake decorating, and much more!). Be sure to come out to the Holland Landing Library to visit a variety of vendor booths, enjoy free face painting and balloon animals and check out books too! For more details visit www.eastgwillimbury.ca/culturedays.

Often times we hear that residents are impressed and happy by the array of services available at the library. The creativity and effort put in by the team to ensure there is always something innovative and exciting happening is something to be appreciated. So again, with all of this in mind I would like to thank the team at our two library locations in Mount Albert and Holland Landing and encourage residents to visit and enjoy the many great services they offer.