Scarborough Civic Centre - Open and Ready!

May 29, 2015 | Soheli

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The 100th Toronto Public Library branch opened its doors last week.

The response was overwhelming: over 4,500 people came out to sneak a peek at the new Scarborough Civic Centre Branch!

Excited customers lined up early as we prepared for the grand unveiling at 10 AM.  Kids and adults alike were entertained by street performers and Chinese lion dancers who set the mood for a festive day ahead.

  Lion dancers
Lion dancers hype up the expectant crowd.

As the doors opened, we found our first official customer and then began welcoming everyone in to finally see their new neighbourhood branch up close. More than 1000 people visited the library in that first hour alone!

As people piled in, greeted by a lineup of library board members, staff, City Councillors, Architects, and the City Librarian, many received limited edition library canvas bags.


Greeting crew
Welcoming committee!

The bags featured an illustration of the new branch from Toronto artist, Daniel Rotsztain. Daniel’s spot-on line drawing is part of a series of sketches he’s done of all the Toronto Public Library branches. Pretty cute, huh?

SC Tote
Business in the front, party in the back: the SC tote bag is fun and functional!

To commemorate the new branch, City Librarian Vickery Bowles took the stage. The positivity was contagious as everyone shared how libraries continue to be pivotal sources of information and a space to connect no matter who you are.

Vickery Speaking
City Librarian, Vickery Bowles

Ron Carinci, chair of the Toronto Public Library Board, said it best: libraries are a “home away from home”. They are changing, evolving spaces that constantly grow to include more than just books. Not sure how? Just take a look at the Scarborough Centre’s Digital Innovation Hub. With two 3D printers, multiple Macbooks for loan, a green screen, and AV editing equipment available, the options to make your library your own are endless.

Classical Indian dancers soon arrived, dazzling us with Bharatanatyam dance moves that displayed the diversity of our community.

Indian dancers
Graceful Bharatanatyam dancers

Shortly after, the ceremonial ribbon was cut - the library was officially open for business!

Ribbon cuttingReady to cut the ribbon!

People wasted no time in checking out their neighbourhood’s latest addition. After all, with brand new computers, comfy seating, and over 40,000 items just calling out your name…who could resist?

The KidsStop was a huge draw, with children examining every detail, from the tiny pennies and shapes embedded in the large tree-like structures, to the intricate gears and pulleys.

Kids peering into the KidsStopKids check out the KidsStop

Curious minds poked into the Digital Innovation Hub where Ben, our knowledgeable technician, explained how 3D certification works (pssst...sign up for a class online!) and displayed some of the awesome stuff that the printer can whip up. 

  3dprinterA curious customer watches the branch's 3D printer in action.

A photo booth set up in a sunny corner helped everyone capture the spirit of the day. Giant library cards? Check. Giant smiles? Check! Be sure to see all the photo booth shots and tag yourself if you spot yourself. Scarborough Civic Centre Branch librarian, Suzanne, and I took a moment to say cheese too!

Photobooth Librarians

With all the overwhelming support and love the Scarborough Civic Centre Branch has received so far, it’s no wonder it was chosen as our 100th Reason to Love the Library! Check out all the other reasons on the official site and add your own!

Whatever your reason to love the library, we’re happy to have you here! We strive to be an inclusive, accessible and welcoming network of branches that offer spaces to learn and explore. After the dust settles, this newest branch will hopefully be just one more space for Torontonians to grow.

The library love doesn’t just end in the branch: online, our branch twitter was hit up with tons of positive comments throughout opening day that made us smile. I spent much of the day answering tweets and posting bits that hopefully shared a little bit of the great vibes on opening day.

Were you at the branch’s debut? Or did you visit sometime in the last week? Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you think!

If you haven't yet, come by and check us out. Stop in, stay a while...who knows what you'll find?

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