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Study finds that for every $1 invested in Newmarket Public Library over $7 in community benefits are generated

Friday, January 13th, 2017

According to a recent economic study conducted by the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, the community of Newmarket receives $7.85 in benefits for every $1 invested in Newmarket Public Library, resulting in a Return on Investment (ROI) of 685%.

The study was first conducted for the Toronto Public Library, and has since been replicated at several Ontario public libraries through the Library Research Network headed by librarian-researcher Kimberly Silk, who stated that Newmarket Public Library was. “…really squeezing a lot of value out of [it’s] single branch. [The Library] could likely serve more people with a second branch, or a larger branch, but it’s difficult to know where the tipping point is.”

Some of the other findings from the study include:

• The value of a single Newmarket Public Library membership is $870/year.

• The Library creates over $20 million in total economic impact, equating to $231 per resident or $717 per household.

• For every hour it is open the Library generates over $5,000 in direct community benefits.

“These numbers confirm what we’ve always known,” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “Public libraries provide value to the community in many ways, including providing resources for everyone to share. And not just books — we provide online media such as music, video, and courses for professional development and personal enrichment.”

The Library is playing a leading role in Newmarket’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. As a centre of learning and discovery, it now offers computer workshops, online courses, streaming/downloadable media, IdeaMarket community discussion forums, laptop loans, and a Maker Hub featuring 3D printing, a digital media station and vinyl cutter.

Statement from Newmarket Public Library

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

April 14, 2016

At the Newmarket Public Library, we provide a variety of recreational, educational and personal growth activities as well as a comfortable and safe meeting place for all members of the community.

Over the past few days, I’ve had a chance to really think about some of our recent actions to help make sure the library is a comfortable environment. I realize that my approach wasn’t the best one and I am committed to improving it.

I have chosen a career working in a library because I truly believe in what our programming and services can offer all members of the community. It was absolutely never my intention to come across as discriminatory or degrading to anyone, and for that, I am sorry.

All are welcome at the library. If there is a need to resolve challenges with individual patrons, we will address it with greater sensitivity, on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is a library that’s full of people where everyone feels welcome.

I invite anyone who would like to speak with me directly to contact me by e-mail at tkyle@newmarketpl.ca or by phone at 905-953-5110.

Todd Kyle
CEO

Library sees surge in use during 2015

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Increases include a 26% rise in digital borrowing

Newmarket Public Library released its 2015 usage statistics this week, showing a substantial increase in the use of the library by the community during the previous year.

Overall borrowing of materials increased by 9% in 2015, over 2014, with a whopping 26% increase in electronic borrowing; mostly e-books, e-audio, downloadable music and streaming video. Even print book borrowing was up by 5%.

“It’s not surprising that e-borrowing is up,” says CEO Todd Kyle. “People’s habits are changing, and the community is discovering the expanding digital services and collections offered by the library, including online courses and downloadable music.”

Some digital services of the library, such as online general interest courses, are not expressed as borrowing numbers but by site visits, logins, and searches. Total website visits increased by 4% last year, with a 50% increase in the use of online resources. Much of that increase came from Web search results for York Info, the library’s community information and volunteer database.

Last year, York Info added King Township Public Library to the partnership it has with other libraries in York Region, an alliance that now includes five libraries. York Info is also the provider of local data on social services for the provincial 211 service.

Visits to the library in person were also up by 4%, and the proportion of checkouts being done on self-service machines increased from 42% to 59%.

“Clearly these statistics correspond with the way people have embraced digital technology and continue to do so,” says Kyle. “The Library’s mandate is to ensure the community has access to knowledge and learning in all its forms.”

Library now provides free digital media services

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

NEWMARKET, Ontario, February 12, 2015 –

If you live in Newmarket, you now have access to free streaming video and other services from your library.

Along with free downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks, the library now offers Freegal Music, whose name combines “free” and “legal”. With your library card, you can download 5 songs per week and stream 3 hours of music per day. There are 8 million songs available, including the entire Sony Music catalogue, plus music videos. There is also Zinio, a  magazine service that offers 50 different titles, all available for downloading to any device. All music and magazines are yours to keep.

Gale Courses is a large selection of online courses on things like web design, sales and marketing, and digital photography. Courses run for 6 weeks and are led by real instructors who mark assignments and provide you with a certificate if you pass.  Or if you prefer to learn languages, Mango Languages offers lessons in over 60 languages, plus ESL courses for speakers of 12 other languages.

As of January, the library also added Indieflix, which offers thousands of award-winning independent films. In addition, 4000 e-audiobook titles were added to OneClick Digital as a compliment to the larger Overdrive database of e-books.

“It’s a great time to get connected to digital media at your library,” said Todd Kyle, library CEO. “It’s all free and all you need is a library card.”

Check out the library’s offerings. To get a library card, visit the library with proof of name and address.

Survey shows impact of library Internet access

Monday, February 9th, 2015

NEWMARKET, Ontario, February 9, 2015 –

Newmarket Public Library released results of a study called the Impact Survey, which looks at how people in a community use free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The library, which offers 20 workstations, 8 laptops, and wireless Internet, as well as computer help, reports that 57% of those surveyed used a public access computer or the library’s wireless network in the past year.

The most frequently reported use of library computers was for staying in touch with family and friends and for building and maintaining social networks, followed by health and wellness information, employment needs, and educational activities. Several people reported searching for a job online, and three people even said they’d found a new job as a result.

More than two-thirds of library computer users reported that they have access to the Internet at home, school, or work, but still choose to use the library’s technology. But of those who don’t have access elsewhere, more than two-thirds are below the low-income cut-off.

“This shows that library computer access is essential, and more so for disadvantaged people”, said Todd Kyle, library CEO. “Our library’s role is to lead a learning community, and that means helping people get the skills and technology they need to participate in a digital world. The future of our community depends on it.”

The survey, developed by the University of Washington DC, is being piloted for use in Canada by a small number of libraries including Newmarket and Edmonton. View the full report.

Library wins Innovation Of The Year award

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

NEWMARKET, Ontario, October 22, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library was recognized for its innovative achievements over the past year when it received the ‘Innovation Of The Year Award’ at the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business Excellence Awards.

The annual awards ceremony celebrates both profit and non-profit businesses that have made significant contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Town of Newmarket.

“I’m proud that the library has been recognized as such an important part of the economic and social vitality of the Newmarket community,” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “It is especially gratifying to win it during Canadian Library Month, which celebrates how libraries inspire people and provide them with opportunities.”

During the past year Newmarket Public Library introduced a number of initiatives to keep pace with changing trends in technology and to ensure its place in the community as a centre for community dialogue, debate, and discovery. These initiatives included:

● IdeaMarket, a venue that lets groups, organizations and community members share their
views on a wide variety of topics through informative panel discussions that are open to the public.

● Tech Time For Kids, an ongoing program series that provides children with hands-on, interactive
experiences with various technologies.

● Digital music and magazine services that library members can use to download or stream songs, and
download digital copies of popular publications.

● Online language lessons that are free for library members.

● Inventory automation to quickly sort book returns.

● The Curve, a collaborative digital media centre for youth.

● Online certificate courses for personal enrichment and lifelong learning.

View the library’s nomination video for the 2014 Business Excellence Awards

 

Sowing the seeds of community growth

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Newmarket Public library and York Region Food Network launch seed library, invite community members to participate

NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 12, 2014 – Newmarket Public Library today announced the launch of its new Seed Library created in conjunction with York Region Food Network, while extending an open invitation to members of the community to become part of a growing trend toward community food sharing.

The new Seed Library will rely on members who will maintain it be donating, lending, and exchanging seeds with each other. As the number of seed libraries in North America has increased in recent years, many have found homes in public libraries.

“‘If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,’” says Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director of the York Region Food Network. “That’s a famous quote by Cicero and it’s entirely appropriate that our new community seed library will be part of our library, a community hub whose slogan is ‘inspiring growth’”.

On Tuesday, September 23rd from 7-9 p.m. a Seed Library Workshop & Exchange will be held at the library and hosted by Jacob Kearey-Moreland of the Orillia and Toronto Seed Libraries. He will be discussing the popularity of seed libraries and how members maintain them by donating, lending and exchanging plant seeds such as tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas, peppers, and more.

“People can become members simply by bringing in seeds from their own gardens,” says Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “They can choose from seeds in the collection, take them home, grow them, save some of the seeds from the next generation of plants, and bring them in to add to the collection and share with others.”

Interested individuals can pre-register or get more information on the upcoming Seed Library Workshop & Exchange be calling 905-953-5110 Ext. 4770

For further information please contact:
Todd Kyle, CEO Newmarket Public Library
(905) 953-5110 Ext. 4670 tkyle@newmarketpl.ca

Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director York Region Food Network
905-841-3101 Ext. 202 joans@yrfn.ca

Newmarket Public Library is investing in the future growth of our community by providing access to a wide range of resources for individuals, families, children, teenagers, senior citizens, and businesses. The Library is located at 438 Park Avenue in Newmarket. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (Sept.-May) 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Visit us online at www.newmarketpl.ca

York Region Food Network offers programs, raises awareness and promotes policy changes for increased access to affordable and nutritious food produced within a sustainable food system. Our vision is Food for Health – Food for All. To learn more about YRFN, visit our website at www.yrfn.ca

 

Children learn about technology through library’s Tech Time For Kids program series

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 4, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library today announced the launch of Tech Time For Kids, a new ongoing series of free programs for children and their families focusing on the latest in technology.

Tech Time For Kids offers interesting and informative sessions that expose children to emerging technologies, demonstrating how they can assist them at school and in their daily lives. Programs range from learning how to use electronic devices to 3-D printing, creating digital music to building robotic items. Knowledgeable staff members host the programs, while some are led by outside experts.

“We live in a world where technology is prevalent and it’s important for children to gain insight into how it impacts their lives,” says Todd Kyle, the library’s CEO. “ Tech Time For Kids provides hands-on, interactive experiences with various technologies.”

Children are invited to bring their own digital devices to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs to get answers and friendly assistance in how to operate eBook Readers, smartphones, and other electronic devices. And the very young can enjoy digital storytelling sessions led by a staff member utilizing an iPad and story apps, as well as Tumblebooks.

The Tech Time For Kids provides children with the opportunity to discover today’s digital world, and help prepare them for the evolution of technology and the advances it will bring in the future.

For more on the Tech Time For Kids please visit http://www.newmarketpl.ca/kids/tech-time-kids

For further information please contact:
Biagio Rachiele, Children’s Services Library Technician
(905) 953-5105 Ext. 4690 brachiele@newmarketpl.ca

OR Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870 lchase@newmarketpl.ca

Library highlights year of successful initiatives in its first report to the community

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Nomination for 2014 Business Excellence Award caps year that saw the library launch online magazines, music downloads, IdeaMarket, and more

NEWMARKET, Ontario, April 24, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library has released its first ever report to the community, highlighting initiatives taken during year one of the library’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016. The report includes a number of firsts for the library, such as e-magazines, music downloads, the IdeaMarket series of community conversations, children’s technology learning programs, and more.

“The library now offers its members access to digital magazines and music, in addition to eBooks,” said Todd Kyle, the library’s CEO. “And we have introduced more programs to teach people how to use the technology required to enjoy digital media. Our goal is to provide library members with access to the wide range of knowledge and resources available in today’s digital world.”

The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce recognized the library’s successes in the past year with a nomination for a 2014 Business Excellence Award (winners will be announced at a gala on October 16, 2014).

Some of the achievements highlighted in the report include:

● Online Music. The library’s freegal music service allows members to download 5 songs per week and stream 3 hours of music daily. Users can choose from millions of songs from record labels worldwide, as well as Sony Music’s vast catalogue of contemporary and classic artists.

● Digital Magazines. The Zinio digital magazine service lets library members download popular magazines such as Canadian Gardening, Discover, Cosmopolitan, The Hockey News, Good Housekeeping, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Outside and more. Complete digital issues can be accessed from multiple platforms (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.), and there are no waiting lists or due dates.

● Online Language Lessons. Mango Languages provides library members with the opportunity to learn over 50 different languages through simple online instructions.

● IdeaMarket. IdeaMarket events provide a venue for community members to share ideas, express their views, ignite debate, and create conversations based on issues that impact Newmarket residents.

● Tech Time For Kids. Bi-weekly programs providing children and their families with the opportunity to discover the positive benefits of digital literacy through friendly and informative hands-on sessions. Programs range from exploring digital music to 3-D printing, from GPS-enabled geocaching treasure hunts to using Lego Mindstorms and StoryStarter educational kits.

● Computer Workshops. Additional programs were added to the library’s ongoing suite of computer workshops, which provide technology learning and discovery.

● New Equipment & Collaborative Work Spaces. The library has created new work spaces for groups, including a teen area featuring a large-screen monitor and Internet-enabled conference table. Teens use the equipment to connect their laptop computers and mobile devices for collaborative group work.

“As Newmarket transitions to a community engaged in the knowledge economy, the library is evolving to reflect that,” says Kyle. “Newmarket Public Library is rapidly becoming a centre of dialogue, learning, and discovery.”

The library’s report to the community will be presented to Town of Newmarket Council at their meeting on May 5, 2014, and is currently available online at www.newmarketpl.ca/report.

For further information please contact:
Todd Kyle, CEO
905-953-5110 Ext. 4670
tkyle@newmarketpl.ca
OR
Lorne Chase
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
905-953-5110 Ext. 4870
lchase@newmarketpl.ca