The L.E.A.F. Initiative is a Commonwell program to support capacity, resiliency and growth in the communities we call home.

Bonnechere Union Public Library Post-Pandemic Technology Revitalization

74 Maple Street EganvilleK0J 1T0

Target Completion Date: August 31, 2023

What is this project about?

In a small town in rural Ontario, the ability to have technology available to those in need is paramount. The public library is the main community hub where anyone can go to access the internet, use Public Access Computers (PACs), and maybe borrow devices for home-use.
As a result of the recent pandemic, we had to reduce our number of PAC stations from eight to four, and the computers we put away, as well as the ones still in use, are old and dated. We would like to increase our ability to have PACs available to patrons back to former eight stations, as well as replace the four currently in use.
Our circulation computer is also old and needs replacing, and it could be included in this project.
We have a children’s computer that can no longer be updated, and we would love to have a new, more interactive station where children can play and learn. This could be a new children’s computer, or something like an interactive touch-table, that more than one child can use at once, making it a cooperative and shared educational activity.
We also have a new Makerspace that has many devices (projector, camera and audio equipment, sewing machine, Cricut, and Button Maker) and we would love to add more technological equipment, such as a 3D printer or robotics kits to our space. We have a significant number of children who are home-schooled and who use the library, and this could enhance the education they are already receiving at home.