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Burnhamthorpe Library's Official Reopening Set to Entertain

Aug 02, 2011

An official reopening celebration will showcase the City's final and largest library redeveloped under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF). On August 6, Burnhamthorpe Library will officially reopen with a ceremony followed by refreshments and a range of performances in the renamed Maja Prentice Theatre and throughout the library.

Residents are invited to this special event:

What:
Official Reopening of Burnhamthorpe Library and Dedication of the Maja Prentice Theatre

When:
Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:
3650 Dixie Road, Mississauga

Program:
Official ceremony and plaque unveiling at 11 a.m. with Mayor McCallion and Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca; dedication of the Maja Prentice Theatre and plaque unveiling.
Refreshments provided by Panera Bread.
Afternoon performances by Ann's Studio of Dance, Applwood High School Cultural Dance Group, Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Clarkson Music Theatre, IYF Lasers, Lata Pada's Sampradaya Dance Creations, Liberty Junction Theatre Group and Koo Koo's Krazy Time Puppet Show in the new puppet theatre.
Ongoing buskers, cookie decorating and My Favourite Word craft.

Burnhamthorpe Library, which closed for renovations in March 2010, reopened to the public this June after undergoing $16.6 million in ISF renovations. Some of the features include enhanced public spaces and activities, quiet and group study areas, extra wide aisles, new program room, new library materials, increased Internet access, improved accessibility, interactive space for children with built-in puppet stage, variety of seating options, two-way fireplace and a striking feature ceiling.

The well-used community theatre within the library facility, renamed after retired Ward 3 councillor Maja Prentice, received lighting, sound and seating upgrades. The Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre (DBNC), which offers free newcomer, family and employment services and programs to local residents and is housed within the library building, was expanded with an 11,000 square-foot addition.

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 information on 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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Media Contact:
Sandra Desrochers
Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: 905-615-3200x5934
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   sandra.desrochers@mississauga.ca


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