No Shhhing in the Library!

Friday, 29 October 2021 via Zoom

Speaker: Christine Row

Lecture Summary:

I believe public libraries have entered a renaissance period. What were once quiet places filled with books are now vibrant and creative community spaces. From Halifax to Calgary, cities across Canada are choosing to showcase their creative innovative spirit through their public libraries. Not only are library spaces transforming but also library services are growing to meet new needs such as teaching courses on 3D printing to partnering on community art projects. To be a successful library system today, you must reflect the community you service. How does the Mississippi Mills Public Library reflect our residents? How have we changed and where are we going? These are just some of the topics I will explore.

Bio: Christine Row:

I have always been a library patron. Growing up, my parents would regularly bring me to the Halifax and Musquodoboit Harbour public libraries. I continued to join any library along my path. In 2001, I moved to Portland, Ontario with a family of my own and started working part-time at the Rideau Lakes Public Library.  I was inspired by how libraries can change lives. Libraries bring people together and create community engagement, particularly in small towns. After years at the Rideau Lakes Library, I decided to get my Master of Library and Information Science through Syracuse University. My library path has branched-off into new exciting routes which has led me to beautiful Mississippi Mills.

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