Guelph Public Library Reveals New Look for New Main Building

City of Guelph crews are currently set up at the Baker Street parking lot to look for bodies. The archeological preparation happening now is part of the ground work to redevelop Baker Street for a new residential project and the new main building for the Guelph Public Library. Speaking of that new library, here’s your first look at what the finished library project will look like. Continue reading “Guelph Public Library Reveals New Look for New Main Building”

Guelph Libraries Want to End Fines in 2022

We’ve all at some point suffered the humiliation and judgement of paying overdue fees at the public library, but the Guelph Public Library Board of Directors have an idea: What if you don’t have to pay overdue fees any more? That beautiful dream might become a reality in January if the City of Guelph endorses the budget just approved by the library board. No more library fines starting New Year’s Day 2022. Continue reading “Guelph Libraries Want to End Fines in 2022”

Guelph Library Says It Was a Busy Year Despite the Pandemic

It was a very busy year at the Guelph Public Library even though they were closed for a big portion of it, and many members of the library staff were laid off. In terms of in-person operations, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the library, and library services, hard, but the newly released annual report from GPL tells a more interesting story, a story about why the library is still an essential community service even though it’s not technically “essential.” Continue reading “Guelph Library Says It Was a Busy Year Despite the Pandemic”

RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Police and Library Matters

For the second time in the COVID-era, a pair of Guelph City Councillors held a virtual town hall via Zoom. Ward 5 Councillors Leanne Caron and Cathy Downer organized a gathering of around 30 people Thursday night to cover matters of law and order with members of the Guelph Police Service, and matters of the Guelph Public Library with the CEO and Board members. Below is the recap. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Police and Library Matters”

Virtual Town Hall Goes Inside the Proposed Library

In what might be described as a delegation in advance of next week’s two meetings about the Baker District Development, some 500 people signed up to take part in a virtual open house on the proposed new main library. The presentation was the first chance that the public had to see what the library might look like in its proposed new home in its own separate building at the south end of the Baker District site. Continue reading “Virtual Town Hall Goes Inside the Proposed Library”

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”

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”

Library Says Curbside Pickup is Coming June 1, GRCA Announces New Relaxed Regs

In new signs that we’re slowly but surely getting back to something resembling normality, there have been two new announcements Friday that should make social distancing easier in the days to come. First, you will soon be able to borrow physical materials from the library again, and if that doesn’t float your boat, you will be able to actually float your boat in Guelph Lake this weekend. Continue reading “Library Says Curbside Pickup is Coming June 1, GRCA Announces New Relaxed Regs”

A Contentious Town Hall About a New Library with People that Want a New Library

This evening, things got heated – but not as heated as they were at the afternoon session apparently – at a town hall about the business case for a new main branch of the Guelph Public Library. The two meetings today were meant to update the public about the pending developments for the construction of the new main branch, but it frequently descended into an inquisition as to whether or not the City and Library are being open and transparent enough about the process. Continue reading “A Contentious Town Hall About a New Library with People that Want a New Library”