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Iroquois Ridge Branch to undergo renovations, introduce Creation Zone

On September 8, 2016, the Oakville Public Library Board approved a plan to renovate the Iroquois Ridge Branch and construct a Creation Zone within its walls. To accommodate the renovations, the branch will be closed from late January – June 2017.

Creation Zones, Makerspaces, Idea Labs and other community-building hub models are becoming increasingly common throughout North America, especially in public libraries. They serve as access points to new technologies and provide unifying, inspiring spaces where creativity and knowledge can be shared. Most importantly, they support the development of 21st century literacy skills and a culture of engaged, lifelong learning.

As technology increasingly becomes an integral part of day-to-day life, library branches will continue to evolve as community hubs. In light of these changes, Tara Wong, Director, Collections & Technologies, advises that “highly valued, traditional services like book-borrowing will remain a mainstay.” Though Iroquois Ridge Branch’s collection will be downsized somewhat, books will be reallocated throughout the system and available for pickup at the branch.

For the duration of the closure (late Jan – June 2017), Iroquois Ridge Branch will be closed to the public. Cardholders will still be able to pick up holds, return items and borrow popular materials from the Book Depot which will operate out of the branch program room. Family Storytimes will still be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays within the Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, and White Oaks Branch will host additional programming until renovations are complete.

Once complete, Iroquois Ridge’s Creation Zone will provide residents with exciting opportunities and more space to connect, share ideas, create and innovate. The reconfigured branch will feature an enlarged quiet study room, upgraded public access computers and new work and meeting spaces. A variety of cutting-edge technologies will also be available for public use, including state of the art programming & design software (for 3D designers, web/game developers) and photography & videography tools (e.g: digital camcorders, green screen, editing software, microphones).

A hands-on children’s learning station will also be offered within the Creation Zone, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. Both self-moderated learning and library-facilitated programs will be offered. “The space is going to be incredibly versatile,” says Wong. “Residents will not only be able to stop in and read, but pursue their curiosity, creativity and desire to learn even more,” she adds.

Further details and updates on the Iroquois Ridge Branch renovations and Creation Zone project will be posted on www.opl.ca as they become available. To stay up-to-date with library programs and services, you can follow OPL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.