Not Just Books...
One of the best kept secrets in the Town of Georgina is our fantastic library system. What’s the big deal about libraries? Whether you’re new to Georgina or have been here for years, let me clue you in!
Libraries are more than just warehouses for books, in fact there’s an exciting world waiting beyond the books, with something for everyone at every stage of life.
For new residents, the library is the perfect place to find information about the community and resources available. From replacing broken blue and green bins, to issuing burn permits, parking passes, the library branches are open even when town offices are closed. You'll find conversation groups, book clubs, writing clubs, knitting clubs and more. Having a problem with your internet at home? Go to the library and use their computers or bring your own laptop and tap into the Wi-Fi there. Looking for more information on town resources, agencies available, or ways to get involved in the town? Ask one of the staff members at the library.
For children and teens, there are babysitting courses, reading clubs, and homework help. There’s even a Lego club and wait until you hear about FanFest! For new Canadians, there’s a ton of resources to help you get settled in, with the Welcome Centre Immigration Services at the Keswick branch, and access to tons of other newcomer services. For seniors, there are classes to help you with email, word documents, the internet and Facebook, as well as large print books and other accessibility services.
Accessibility is a big deal to libraries and there’s a library in each of the major communities of Keswick, Sutton, and Pefferlaw, with a new exciting branch being planned in the heaviest populated south area of Keswick. But if you’re stuck at home with smaller children or lacking available transportation, your Georgina Public Library card opens a whole new world online, with ebooks, audiobooks, streaming videos, online learning with Lynda.com, online magazines, virtual reference library, legal document templates, small business resources, homework help, and so much more. The coolest thing is most branches are located in multi-use buildings, so if you have a child in skating or in swimming, head over and chill out by yourself or with other children in the conveniently located library branch.
Go visit the library and see how much it’s changed from the libraries of years ago, and get your card today. And ask about getting involved with the Friends of the Library – wait until you find out what they’re up to!
"Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities."
~R. David Lankes
Currently reading: "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett
*Please note, this blog is not intended to solicit those home buyers or home sellers that are under a current agency agreement*