More than a Library: The Grimsby Public Library Part I

You may have seen Tiffany Mayer’s article in Niagara this Week this past August called, The evolving role of libraries. In it, she explores a variety of libraries across Niagara and shares the important argument that, “Libraries are no longer the domain of dusty volumes, silence and stern employees ready to shush the slightest sound.” This is profoundly true, and I want to share how my experiences at the Grimsby Public Library have been anything but stereotypical.

“We want to try to be that one location that fulfills the needs of all the people in the community,” said Kathryn Drury, CEO/Chief Librarian at the Grimsby Public Library.

It’s an ambitious task, but one well-suited to a beautiful space that offers book collections for all ages and a variety of programming for a range of demographics. On any given day, you might walk through the door to find a cookbook club in progress, a matinee movie, a financial seminar, a nutrition class, meditation sessions… you can find the full list on their website.

So many wonderful books to choose from at the Grimsby Public Library.
Simone Rauscher, A/V & New Media enthusiastically shared her and the staff’s shared vision for the library as a gathering space, for people to come and find their niche.  If you have bad memories of the library as a child, here are some things you should know:

  • You can book a librarian to help you with any needs you might have.
  • Don’t let late fees scare you away – it’s a no-judgment zone! Fees are payable or forgivable. The team just wants everyone to feel comfortable and welcome.
  • Kathryn confirmed that there will be no “sh-shing” but rather, helpful staff and a community of friends.

Stay tuned for part two of this post, as I expand on my conversation with Kathryn Drury, Chief Librarian and Simone Rauscher, A/V & New Media Coordinator at the Grimsby Public Library.

Featured books picked by the staff at GPL
Featured books picked by the staff at GPL

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