Public libraries aim to provide equitable and accessible service, and the Barrie Public Library has taken a monumental step in advancing that goal.
11,000 Barrie Public Library members had their accounts blocked due to fines and 2,200 of those accounts belong to children and teens. These families were no longer able to access books and resources that promote lifelong literacy, when research clearly identifies that literacy development is closely linked to interactions with books and reading in the early years.
For those who wish to pay their fines forward or celebrate this milestone, the Library invites contributions to their Resiliency Fund, which will provide support for the challenges that lie ahead and help serve the evolving needs of residents when facilities reopen.
While the library’s facilities have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have increased online services and programs and developed new community supports. Express Service is offered at both library locations, with book and movie pick-ups, computer access and 24/7 item returns. In addition, their book delivery service to homebound seniors will be resuming with the generous assistance of DriveWise, helping to support the most vulnerable in our community with reading materials to ease their isolation.
Thank you for your support.