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Conservative cuts to library system now mean user fees for some book loans

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Conservative cuts to library system now mean user fees for some book loans

Free inter-library loans are back at the Kawartha Lakes Public Library system, even after the Ontario Conservatives slashed budgets across the province. But ‘free’ comes at a cost, as this will now impact the collections budget and has also created a new type of user fee for books that come from universities.

In April the Advocate reported that funding for two key services – the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and the Northern Ontario Library Service (NOLS) were cut in half. SOLS – of which Kawartha Lakes system is a member of — supplies courier service that moves material between different systems. About 200-250 items per month for local patrons are moved about through other libraries, showing the popularity of the system.

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Lifelong learning at your local library

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Mother Goose Program presented by EarlyON at Lindsay branch.

You’re never too young to learn, and with older kids back in school and settled into their classroom routines now is a good time to think about the resources on offer for pre-schoolers at that other educational institution, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library, where lifelong learning happens.

As Lyndsay Bowen, the library’s outreach and community engagement librarian (and a qualified teacher), notes, “children’s brains develop most rapidly between 0 and 5,” so it’s a crucial period and any young parent will tell you those first years are a challenging and constantly shifting terrain to navigate.

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New Kawartha Lakes Library specialist for outreach and community engagement

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Lyndsay Bowen: New Kawartha Lakes library specialist for outreach and community engagement
Lyndsay Bowen, Library Specialist, Outreach & Community Engagement.

Let’s imagine the ideal candidate for the newly-created position of ‘Library Specialist, Outreach & Community Engagement’ for the Kawartha Lakes Library system.

There are library branches in 14 communities distributed around the City’s 3,059 sq. km — so lots of communities to reach out to, engage and create programs for, and each community is unique. Our ideal candidate should know the Kawartha Lakes and understand the diverse needs of its communities.

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Books that matter (to librarians); what books matter to you?

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From L to R: Sara Walker, Colleen McGregor, Marieke Junkin, Elizabeth Beauparlant.
  1. Every reader their book.
  2. Every book its reader.

From S.R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science (1931)

Sure, libraries have lots more than books to offer these days — everything from digital magazines to gardening workshops. But books remain the beating heart of every collection and the mission of librarians is still, as it was for Ranganathan, to be a matchmaker between books and readers.

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