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In the Heart of the North End

NAD Selkirk Ave June2014Our ambassadors were busy once again this past weekend and among our stops were back-to-back events in the North End.  On June 21st we spent the afternoon at National Aboriginal Day celebrations on Selkirk Avenue.  The Avenue was closed between Salter and Andrews (a first for this event) and did the community ever turn out!  We were lucky to have a great spot to set up (book-making, activity sheets, Giant Connect Four, BIG books and more!) right under the Bell Tower at Powers.  One of our Check It Out! mobile library service sites is right across the street at the Indigenous Family Centre (470 Selkirk Avenue).  We were happy to chat with some of our “regulars” and introduce lots of new families and community members to the service.  We heard suggestions about our collections and the hours of the library branches nearby.  We were especially happy to see the interest and increased awareness of our Aboriginal languages materials.

Neechi Common-2 June2014The next day we did it all again but this time in the beautiful Neechi Commons space at Main at Euclid.  Sundays are brunch time in the building’s restaurant and so we were treated to some delicious smells as we heard from customers about how they’re borrowing from our eBooks collections and which of our children’s programs they’ve tried out in the past.  We were also offering on-the-spot Library card sigh-up and it was a great chance to remind folks of the Check It Out! mobile service site at Norquay Community Centre (65 Granville Street).  The best part?  Children and their parents grabbing some of our story books and crawling into the beautiful tipi that Neechi Commons has set up on their second floor. A great weekend!

Thank you to everyone who stopped to talk.