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Burnhamthorpe Library Reopens Following Expansion and Renovations

May 20, 2011

The City of Mississauga will reopen its fourth and final library undergoing renovations through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) program. Burnhamthorpe Library, the City's largest library project budgeted at $16.6 million, will reopen for service on Wednesday, June 1. Lakeview, Port Credit and Lorne Park Libraries reopened earlier this year.  

"Burnhamthorpe Library took a little longer than the others, due to its size and extensive updates," said Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca. "But, this library definitely has the 'wow factor' going for it. I know the community will be thrilled when they see it."

The renovated facility at 3650 Dixie Road features enhanced public spaces and activities, quiet and group study areas, extra wide aisles, a new program room, new library materials, increased Internet access, improved accessibility, interactive space for children including a built-in puppet stage, a variety of seating options, a fireplace and a feature ceiling. The theatre, within the library building, received lighting, sound and seating upgrades. Renamed the Maja Prentice Theatre, the space is heavily used by local theatre groups.

The Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre (DBNC), relocated to the new library building, will also reopen the same week. DBNC, founded in 1988 by concerned members of the community, offers free newcomer, family and employment services and programs to local residents.

For Burnhamthorpe Library information and operating hours visit www.mississauga.ca/library. Everyone is invited to the official opening on Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The official ceremony at 11 a.m. will be followed by refreshments, entertainment and family activities. The ceremony will also include dedication of the Maja Prentice Theatre.

ISF is a joint investment by the Canadian, Ontario and municipal governments to help fund infrastructure projects that create jobs, stimulate the economy and keep local infrastructure in good repair. For updates, locations, photos and special events for all ISF projects in Mississauga, please visit www.mississauga.ca/buildingourfuture.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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