Guelph Library Holding a Virtual Town Hall on Baker Street Plans

Guelph has finally got a good look at the alternative plans for the new main library project, at least in a cursory way. The agenda for the council meeting on October 7 has been released, but a lot of work has been done on planing for the new main library beyond just figuring out how much it will cost. Next week, residents will get a chance to get an in-depth look at the inside of the project from two of the people behind it. Continue reading “Guelph Library Holding a Virtual Town Hall on Baker Street Plans”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 5 Meeting?

October’s Committee of the Whole delivers a very busy Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services agenda with two of the biggest infrastructure projects coming down in the not-too-distant future. There’s also some other City business about the sign bylaw and the external auditor, but really, we’re here to talk about the library and the rec centre. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 5 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 7 Meeting?

In a special Wednesday meeting, council will tackle not just one, but two of the biggest infrastructure projects being undertaken by the City of Guelph in the next few years. If you’re interested in either the new main library, or the proposed rec centre in the south end, you will definitely want to mark this date on your calendar. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 7 Meeting?”

Library Outrage Alert: Changes to Baker Street Redevelopment Coming to Committee

After months of speculation and concern about the fate of the new main branch of the Guelph Public Library, the City of Guelph has announced that they’ve updated the plan which will hopefully allow for a more cost-effective version of the project to proceed. How are they going to do that? Exact details are forthcoming… in a couple of weeks. Continue reading “Library Outrage Alert: Changes to Baker Street Redevelopment Coming to Committee”

Guelph Libraries to Re-Open on August 4

Back in June, as the economy started to re-open and City services started to get back to normal, there was one particular service that was lagging behind as it sorted out its own safety requirements. For all those that have eagerly awaited a return to the library in order to do more than just pick up requested materials, you’re time is coming, and it’s on August 4. Continue reading “Guelph Libraries to Re-Open on August 4”

Library Can Open With Stage 3, But Probably Not for a Couple of Weeks

As previously reported, Guelph is one of the areas in Ontario that has been approved for Stage 3 re-opening by the Government of Ontario starting this Friday. Question: Does that include the library? While the Guelph Public Library has been offering curbside pick-up for weeks, most in-person library services have remained inaccessible, and that trend is going to continue for the next few weeks. Continue reading “Library Can Open With Stage 3, But Probably Not for a Couple of Weeks”

The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities

Earlier this week at the COVID-19 response meeting of city council, senior staff discussed the plans to start the re-opening of City facilities in the weeks to come. On Friday, a list of dates were released and you can now mark your calendar for when you can start enjoying splash pads, pools, and even public washrooms again across Guelph again. Continue reading “The City of Guelph Sets Dates on Re-Opening Some Facilities”

Library Keeping to Curbside, GRCA Shutting Parks Again

In parts of Ontario, there’s a certain anxiousness about the second stage of the Ontario government’s re-opening of the economy, but things are not going to totally get back to normal in at least two parts of Guelph society. In separate press announcements today, one Guelph institution said that they’re keeping the status quo, and the other is actually taking away service effective immediately. Continue reading “Library Keeping to Curbside, GRCA Shutting Parks Again”

Library Announces Curbside Pick-Up Deets and City Releases Modified Street Deets

June will bring some adjustment to the new normal in our pandemic times. As promised, the Guelph Public Library will begin curbside pick-up on Monday, and speaking of promises kept, the City of Guelph is also following up on city council’s May 11 decision to create options on city streets and sidewalks to get better social distancing. Continue reading “Library Announces Curbside Pick-Up Deets and City Releases Modified Street Deets”

GUELPH POLITICAST #223 – The Coming of the Curbside Library

The library is the ideal paradox for the present pandemic: we’re all stuck at home looking for new stuff to read and watch, which is a situation ideally suited for the library, but because of the public health emergency, it is wildly irresponsible to have people visit the library and handle various books, and other things. But good news, we will soon be able to borrow from the library again. How will they do it? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #223 – The Coming of the Curbside Library”