While 2020 has been a very challenging year for the Kawartha Lakes Public Library system, there are important changes on the horizon for 2021, says Jamie Anderson, CEO and library director. Anderson presented to council a budget request for an additional 5.35 per cent.
Kawartha Lakes Public Library has taken a historic step in further removing barriers to service for users by eliminating late fines.
Effective Oct. 1, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Board has approved the removal of late fines from borrowed materials returned after the due date.
Starting Sept. 8 the Kawartha Lakes Public Library will begin offering in-branch service to the public at the Lindsay and Fenelon Falls branches.
While both Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon branches have very similar circulation numbers, according to Kawartha Lakes Library CEO, Jamie Anderson, “the deciding factor came down to size.”
“Fenelon Falls is in a larger building and we can safely accommodate more people in that facility,” he tells the Advocate.
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.
Kawartha Lakes Public Library will be hosting the Repair Cafe Peterborough at the Lindsay branch library on Saturday June 22, from 1-4 pm.
Every day we throw away large amounts of items often just because they need a simple repair. It may be because we don’t have the right tool to fix it, or because we just don’t know how. The Repair Café can help you with this.
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.
Along the B.C. coastline, Jamie Anderson was no stranger to ferries and small airplanes as they skimmed across far-flung islands and coastal villages.
In his job as director of library services of Vancouver Island Regional Library, his area of responsibility included all of Vancouver Island, except for Victoria, as well as the whole, rural length of B.C.’s stunning coastline. In all, he had 39 branches he had responsibility over.