by Radhika Panjwani
August 01, 2017
|Rebecca Raven, CEO, Brampton Public Library, in the sound studio at the newly renovated Chinguacousy Library. - Bryon Johnson/Metroland|
|Children's area at the newly renovated Chinguacousy Library in Brampton. The library branch which underwent a makeover opened to public, Tuesday, Aug. 1. - Bryon Johnson/Metroland|
|Workstations at the new Innovation Zone at the newly renovated Chinguacousy Library in Brampton. The library branch which underwent extensive makeover opens to public Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Bryon Johnson/Metroland|
|The Lab, a work area at the newly renovated Chinguacousy Library in Brampton. The library which underwent a significant makeover opened to public Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Bryon Johnson/Metroland|
The $2-million dramatic renovation will make the already busy Chinguacousy branch library into a flagship one, Raven said.
Since 2014, more than 18,000 people have accessed some 820 programs at the location. With the addition of Makerspace Brampton — the second such program within the library system — it’s likely the number of people accessing the programs at the branch will see an increase, she said.
|Copy photo of the Chinguacousy Library in Brampton before it underwent a $2 million makeover. The library opened to public Tuesday, Aug. 1. - Bryon Johnson/Metroland|
The yearlong renovation was undertaken by ward99, a Mississauga-based architectural firm and also includes plush seating areas, study areas equipped with power outlets, bright décor with a splash of colour and reimagined areas for children’s programming.
“When we first visited the library before it was renovated, it was very cluttered and dark,” said Tina Ranieri-D’Ovidio, principal architect of ward99. “The space was filled with people, but there was no collaborative space for them to enjoy the library or study. So, our mandate was to make the library open, welcoming and add interactive spaces. This new space is revitalized, fresh and very inviting …”
The makerspace program, a collaboration between the library, the city and Sheridan College offering workshops geared toward nurturing creativity, innovation and interest in the STEM branches, has been expanded to include the Chinguacousy branch library. The program until now was available only at the Four Corners. It’s a definite crowd-puller and is popular with not just children but adults as well, Raven explained.
Source: The Brampton Gaurdian