Renowned author and humanitarian visits Burlington, Sep 28
Thu, Aug 25 2011
On Wednesday, September 28, starting at 7pm Burlington Public Library hosts an unforgettable evening with Sally Armstrong, human rights activist, humanitarian, documentary filmmaker, journalist, novelist, international award-winner, five-time honorary Doctor, Member of the Order of Canada—and author of this year’s One Book One Burlington selection, The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor.
The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor is the story of a gutsy 18th century frontier woman, which is based on the life of one of the first women settlers of New Brunswick’s Miramichi region—and Sally Armstrong’s great-great-great grandmother.
Perhaps best known for her award-winning reports about women and girls in conflict zones all over the world, Ms Armstrong is also the author of Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan (2002) and Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women (2008). She is an Amnesty International award winner, and was appointed to the International Women’s Commission at the UN in 2010.
Change of venue
Ms Armstrong was to appear in Centennial Hall at Central Library; however, due to high demand, the library has moved the event to Port Nelson United Church, located at 3132 South Drive, in Burlington’s Roseland neighbourhood.
In the spirit of Ms Armstrong's humanitarian works, Port Nelson United Church will be accepting donations of unexpired canned food items at the event, to benefit a local food bank.
Advance tickets are required to attend this free event, and may be obtained in person at the 3rd floor Information Desk at Central Library or local branch libraries.
Photo credit: Peter Bregg
Over 23,000 new eBooks now available to download
Wed, Aug 24 2011
The Download Centre now offers free public domain eBooks that never expire and don’t count against your library checkout limit.
These eBooks are for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy them, give them away, or re-use them under the terms included with the eBooks or online at www.gutenberg.org.
Here’s what you need to know about the new public domain collection:
Select from classics, romance, mystery & thrillers, non-fiction, biographies, fairy tales, westerns, essays, cooking & food, travel, short stories ... and much more
General contractor announced for new Alton community centre/high school/library
Thu, Aug 18 2011
Halton District School Board names Bondfield Construction as Alton project contractor - Cost for the joint facility to be shared between Halton District School Board, City of Burlington, and Burlington Public Library
The Halton District School Board has awarded the contract to build a shared high school, public library and community centre facility in Burlington’s Alton community to Bondfield Construction of Concord, Ontario.
The joint facility will cost approximately $40.2 million, to be shared by each of the partners – City of Burlington, Burlington Public Library, and the Halton District School Board. Site preparation will begin immediately, with the official groundbreaking anticipated for September 2011. The architect for the project is Svedas Architect Inc. of Burlington.
“We look forward to working with our partners to bring this unique facility to completion, and to offering families a state-of-the art high school in north Burlington,” says David Euale, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board.
Representatives from the school board, Burlington Public Library and City of Burlington signed a three-party agreement August 17 at Burlington City Hall to move forward with the project with completion scheduled for fall 2013.
“Burlington is one Canada’s best cities, offering a high quality of life to residents,” says Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “This project is an excellent example of how we continuously strive for improvement, working together with our community partners to create something beneficial to Burlington residents, and, in this case, particularly beneficial for the people of the Alton.”
The facility, located at Dundas St and Tim Dobbie Way, includes a high school built to accommodate 1,200 students, a recreation complex, and a shared library which will be used by the public and the high school. A joint construction team that includes the City of Burlington, Burlington Public Library, and the Halton District School Board will manage the project. Construction began on the adjoining Norton Park in spring 2011.
The Alton Project will include a 147,069 square-foot (13,663 square-metre) school, an 11,840 aggregate square-foot (1,100 aggregate square-metre) joint integrated library and a 53,886 square-foot (5,006 square-metre) community centre. A common entrance, parking and other shared areas will connect these buildings.
“Families in Burlington will benefit from the expansion of library service to the Alton community while benefiting from having a high school and community centre close by,” adds Library Board President, Carrie Brooks-Joiner.
This shared Alton facility will include four competition-sized double gyms, a three-storey high school with a 200-seat auditorium, and a shared 11,840 square-foot (1,110 square metre) integrated library which will be used by the public and the high school, with flexible classroom and public meeting space.
In partnership with Burlington Hydro, the complex will support a rooftop solar system, which will feed energy back into the city’s power grid system.
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Photo credit: City of Burlington
Fall BPL Guide now available
Tue, Aug 09 2011
Find out what's happening at the library in September, October, and November.
The BPL Guide provides library program information for adults, teens and children. Pick up a guide at any library location.
Read it here: fall2011_no_ads.pdf
Online catalogue service disruption - Aug 14
Mon, Aug 08 2011
On Sunday, August 14 from 8am to 1pm, the online catalogue will be upgraded as part of its ongoing maintenance to improve reliability.
During the maintenance period, you will be able to search the catalogue but will not be able to login and access your library account.
We apologize for the inconvenience.