New Library Opens Doors to Kennedy/Eglinton Community



    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - The expanded Kennedy/Eglinton Branch, located in
the Liberty Square Shopping Plaza (2380 Eglinton Avenue East) reopened today
at 12 noon, bringing a vibrant library back to the community.
    For youth, the new Kennedy/Eglinton Branch is an important resource in a
neighbourhood lacking in youth-friendly spaces; for children, it features a
welcoming area with child-sized computers; for community groups, it is a
convenient gathering place and for everybody, there are more computers and
wireless internet access.
    "We built this new library for the 25,000 people who live in the
Kennedy/Eglinton community," said City Librarian Jane Pyper. "Working with our
community partners, we've designed a library that responds to the community's
needs. This is part of Toronto Public Library's long-term goal of providing
beautiful, inviting and functional public space across the city."

    
    Almost twice the size, the new Kennedy/Eglinton Branch features:

    -   An inviting teen zone.
    -   More computers with high speed internet access.
    -   Wireless Internet access.
    -   More community space, study space and lounge seating.
    -   Express check-out.
    -   Children's area with child-sized computers.
    -   Interior and exterior book-drops for quick returns.
    -   New books, CDs, DVDs and magazines.
    

    The new Kennedy/Eglinton branch was funded by the Partnership
Opportunities Legacy Fund from the City of Toronto and with funding support
from the Liberty Square Shopping Plaza.
    Toronto Public Library's first ProTech Media Centre, which will introduce
youth to careers in technology and new media while providing computer literacy
skills through a media arts program, will open at Kennedy/Eglinton branch
later this summer.
    The expansion and renovation of the Kennedy/Eglinton Branch is part of
Toronto Public Library's ongoing building renovation plan. In 2009,
Torontonians benefited from the opening of a new Jane/Sheppard Branch and now
the expanded Kennedy/Eglinton Branch. Upcoming grand openings include
Bloor/Gladstone Branch in July and Thorncliffe Branch in Fall 2009, both after
major renovations and expansions.

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 16 million people visit our 99 branches and
borrow almost 30 million items.
    To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at
www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Edward Karek, Communications
Officer, (416) 397-5925, media@torontopubliclibrary.ca


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