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Bracebridge Library usage up ahead of move to new facility

The latest annual report from the Bracebridge Library shows usage is up across the board only a few months before it moves to the Muskoka Lumber Community Centre (MLCC).

In 2023, Crystal Bergstrome, chief executive officer and chief librarian, details membership rose by almost 1,000 members to 10,725, adding 7,406 people attended the various events hosted by the library over the past 12 months.

The library also bolstered its shelves adding 5,405 new items to its collection.

The positive news comes as the library is preparing to transition from its current space at 94 Manitoba St. to the MLCC. The move will also see the facility renamed the Coulson Family Bracebridge Library.

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During the April 2 General Committee meeting, Bergstrome assured council there will still be “librarians on the loose” in the community for their upcoming events, adding the summer reading program will be moved to a virtual platform. “We’ll find ways to keep everyone engaged even when we have to close our doors,” she said.

As well, Bergstrome said as of June 1 the limit on library cards has been upped and the due date has been extended until Sept. so everyone can “load up for the entire summer.”

“The achievements of the past year could not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our library staff,” said Bergstrome. “Amidst the excitement and challenges of preparing for our move, they have shown remarkable adaptability and enthusiasm.”

Mayor Rick Maloney added the increased usage shows the library is not “of a past era.”

“Libraries are much more than bricks and mortar,” he said. “They’re places for community.”

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