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

McKellar Public Library Revitatlization – “Creating Our Future Together”

701 Highway 124 McKellarP0G 1C0

What is this project about?

As our community grows, we need to grow with them. Our goal is to offer ongoing programs for personal, educational, recreational and cultural enrichment and in order to do so, we need to renovate and revitalize our space to make it more inviting, and to optimize the use of the space we have.
First, we hope to establish a Makerspace to provide new technological resources to patrons, such as a 3D Printer and Cricut® device, with a computer and tablet to facilitate their use, as well as a variety of tools and craft equipment that people can use in the library or sign out. We will offer in-person, hands-on programs for all ages so they can learn in new and creative ways. To create the actual space for these new resources, we will modify and move existing shelving, build a partition wall, install cabinetry and work surfaces, and install additional electrical outlets.
Our Children’s Department will receive some significant improvements. We will replace the Early Literacy Learning Computer, which is now ten years old. The new computer will be loaded with up-to-date programs to support learning for our youngest patrons. We will install new shelving and fill it with a variety of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) kits to spark both engagement and learning. We will bring all the children’s books into the children’s room. (Due to space issues, some are currently housed in the adult room). We will provide increased table space for children to engage in reading and S.T.E.A.M. activities.
The library as a whole will receive additional improvements. Extra shelving will be added to the adult area to display non-book items such as our seed library, cognitive care kit, puzzles and games. Additional outlets will be added near our window wall so that patrons can use their laptops while looking at our beautiful lake view. Our more than ten-year-old special-needs computer will be replaced with an up to date one. New non-book items such as radon and C02 detectors will also be acquired for patron sign-out, to keep our community safe. In order for the library to stay connected and keep up with the growth, the computer at the front desk will also be updated with current technology.
In order to make room for these improvements, we will install a dedicated storage closet in the office area. By storing items not currently in use, we will have more usable square footage where people can gather and learn, and also make the entire library and office area tidier and more inviting. This work will require the services of a carpenter and electrician. We will also replace our outsized computer tables with a sleek, space-saving table.