The Midland Public Library has undergone significant changes in the past 4 years as it strives to fulfill it’s Vision and Mission. I am proud to have served on the Board during the formative stages of the vision and mission statements and the development of the new strategic plan and policy manual. It is inspiring to witness what a motivated and engaged staff and Board can accomplish in such a short time. I will continue to support the Library’s initiatives as they pursue accreditation and the fulfilment of their strategic plan!
Fostering lifelong learning and creativity in Midland and its neighbouring communities.
The library will be the learning and leisure hub of the community providing knowledge, ideas, and technology in a collaborative space that sparks connections between people
In a presentation to Council in November 2017 the Library’s CEO reported that for the period 2014 through 2017 the library experienced a significant increase in circulation, memberships, program offerings & participation, WiFi usage, the usage of their public computers. A Remarkable achievement by Library staff when you realize that the budget remained the same throughout the period!
At the same presentation the Chief Librarian said plans for 2018 included progress towards the new makerspace, first floor redesign, improved collections and even more programming. On Monday August 13, the Library CEO announced that therenovations to the first and second floors of the old portion of the building will start on September 1stwith completion of the 1stfloor by October 1stand first steps toward the makerspace by October 22ndin time for Ontario Public Library Week. Yet another step in the amazing transformation of our Library in that process started just 4 years ago.
First floor renovations will see remodelling of the circulation desk to allow transformation of much of the space from staff use to space accessible for the public. Public access computers will be on the 1stfloor making them more accessible to all folks and especially those with mobility challenges. A television, additional soft seating and a television round out the changes.
The makerspace will include 3D printers, a green room and digital media lab, vinyl cutters, laser cutters and a flexible open space for a variety of creative activities including pottery making. The makerspace is part of the library’s broad approach to making science, engineering, technology and maths an enjoyable experience for young people from preschoolers to high school graduates.
Please take the time to visit the Library website ( www.midlandlibrary.com) and fill out their questionnaire. Your feedback as a user or non-user guides the decisions of the Library as it maps out the services and programs that will best meet the needs of Midland and area patrons.