Saskatoon Public Library Branch in Stonebridge
Name of library: It's so new, it doesn't have a name yet! (For the purposes of this profile, we will refer to it as 'The branch in Stonebridge').
Library profile :This new branch is planned to open in November 2016, having been an exciting SPL project for over three years. Located on the main floor of a seniors' retirement apartment complex, it's surrounded by complimentary neighbourhood services and businesses. The library will employ seven full-time equivalent staff and serve the largest neighborhood in Saskatoon with its diverse mix of people, including young families, newcomers to Canada, and seniors. A new P3 school is also being built within a few blocks of the library. The library will also serve other nearby neighbourhoods. We expect to be busy!
Recent challenge the library has overcome: Because the neighbourhood is expanding so quickly, SPL took advantage of a recent opportunity to increase the square footage of the branch from the initial design.
Describe new successful services or initiatives: The library will be home to some of the most current trends in library technology and services including RFID, Google Chromebooks,a maker space, a dedicated video games room, and a children's area with doors and ample stroller parking.
Where do you see your library/branch in fifteen years: Integral to the community, a creative and collaborative welcoming space, reflecting neighbourhood interests and meeting neighbourhood needs.
Challenges your library is facing: This community continues to grow so fast. As our current and future communities grow and change, we are working to continue to meet the needs of Saskatoon!
Opportunities your library has identified: We aim to work alongside the new neighbourhood schools (currently under construction), the many seniors' residences in the area, and the people of Stonebridge and surrounding areas, to develop programming and services of value to our patrons.
We can't wait to be part of the Stonebridge community! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates about what's happening at SPL, and for the latest updates on the Stonebridge branch opening.
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