Over one thousand visitors expected in the first hour
TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Library will welcome the Scarborough community back to its much loved Cedarbrae Branch today at 4:00 p.m. The beautifully renovated library has been redesigned to create an accessible, welcoming environment with improved customer service and more access to technology and collections.
|What:||Cedarbrae Branch Official Reopening|
|Where:||545 Markham Road (below Lawrence Avenue East)|
|When:||Monday, December 6, 2010; Doors open at 4 p.m.; Official ceremony at 4:30 p.m.|
|Who:||Toronto Public Library Board Chair Matthew Church, City Librarian Jane Pyper; Local Councillor and Toronto Public Library board member Paul Ainslie, and Poet Laureate Dionne Brand|
Designed by Makrimichalos Cugini Architects, the renovations include:
- Accessible community space: new convenient layout, with barrier-free access and more meeting room space available for the community.
- Improved customer service: Self-service technologies including express check-out, and Toronto Public Library's first automated express check-in system.
- More access to technology for research, learning, working and recreation: 62 public access computers (a 22% increase), free Wi-Fi, CD listening stations and a collaborative learning studio.
- Welcoming for everyone: An urban living room; reading lounges; an interactive early literacy centre, KidsStop; Teen Zone with large screen TV; and an outdoor reading garden.
- Sustainable: New energy efficient systems with maximized use of sunlight; expanded landscaping and additional trees.
- Relevant: Over 30,000 new books, CDs, magazines and DVDs.
- Poetry is Public is Poetry: The inaugural Poetry is Public is Poetry installation will be unveiled near the main entrance. This is a collaborative endeavour with Toronto Public Library, Toronto Public Library Foundation and the City of Toronto's cultural and transportation services.
Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 17.5 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 31 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.
For further information: For further information:
Edward Karek, Communications Officer, 416-397-5925