Last fall, the Mississauga Library System was awarded approximately $76,000 in one-time grant funding from the Government of Ontario as part of the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund. The grant helps libraries evolve with technology while improving access to digital and information technology (IT) resources for people of all ages.
“On behalf of Council and staff we welcome this important investment commitment by the Ontario government toward improving our public library system,” Mayor Crombie said. “Local library branches are popular neighbourhood hubs, offering quality programs and services enjoyed by residents of all ages. This investment will help improve our library services by introducing new technology and resources that are needed in today’s digital world.”
As one of Canada’s largest library systems, all 18 City-owned libraries in Mississauga benefited from the grant funding. It helped:
- expand the Library’s Maker Mississauga coding and robotics initiatives;
- provide scanner capabilities to users;
- introduce a new children’s edutainment software system – creating a safe and stimulating environment where kids can improve their computer literacy at their own pace;
- expand the collection of Daisy Readers for library users with print disabilities; and
- grow the collection of eBooks.
“Through the grant funding we’ve provided our users with access to new tools, technology and resources that inspire lifelong learning and generate an interest in technology,” said Rose Vespa, Director of Library Services, Mississauga Library System, City of Mississauga. “We’ve brought about meaningful enhancements to our programming. We focused on specific community priorities like growing our digital literacy programs and building on science, technology, engineering and math education initiatives (STEM). We’ve created lasting learning opportunities and experiences that have enriched the lives of many of our residents.”
Vespa added that “one of the areas that has really benefited from funding is our Maker Mississauga initiative. For more than two years, Maker Mississauga has provided inspiring programs on a variety of topics while continuing to build interest and develop skills in STEM-education. We’ve seen an overwhelming response since introducing this initiative to our libraries. We had more than 10,000 residents who participated in the program last year.”
For more information about the Mississauga Library System and its programs and services, visit mississauga.ca/library.