Archive for October, 2014

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


Libraries: a welcoming place for everyone

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

York Region libraries collaborate to support area newcomers

NEWMARKET, Ontario, October 2, 2014 –
Libraries are a central hub for information in a community and are often a gathering place for newcomers where they can connect to resources or information. Building Connections Between Libraries is a collective action under the York Region Immigration Settlement Strategy that brought together all nine local municipal library systems to share best practices, resources and tools to support newcomers. This action works in collaboration with federally funded Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP).

The Library Settlement Partnership in York Region (LSPYR) has expanded to a successful partnership with nine library systems in York Region, two settlement service agencies, The Regional Municipality of York, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Over the years, LSPYR has expanded settlement programming by delivering settlement service in libraries, increasing awareness of supports available to newcomers, supporting seamless and coordinated service delivery within the library system and fostering knowledge-sharing across sectors.

In celebration of Ontario Public Library Week themed Libraries Inspire, and to respond to the fast growing diverse population in York Region, LSPYR embraces the message of Library: a welcoming place for everyone through various programming including Meet Your Citizenship Judge, volunteering workshop for newcomers, library open house, Be Connected: community information display and on-site settlement service & outreach. These programs will be offered in various libraries across York Region during Ontario Public Library Week, October 19-25, 2014.

List of partners of Library Settlement Partnership in York Region:

Library partners:
Aurora Public Library
East Gwillimbury Public Library
Georgina Public Libraries
King Township Public Library
Markham Public Library
Newmarket Public Library
Richmond Hill Public Library
Vaughan Public Libraries
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library

Settlement agencies:
Catholic Community Services of York Region
Social Enterprise for Canada
York Region Local Immigration Partnership, The Regional Municipality of York
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

For more information, please contact
Robert Hickey, the co-chair of LSPYR Steering Committee-Northern York Region
Todd Kyle, the co-chair of LSPYR Steering Committee-Northern York Region
Stephen Lam, the co-chair of LSPYR Steering Committee-Southern York Region
Diane Macklin, the co-chair of LSPYR Steering Committee-Southern York Region