Stratford Library is moving to Bunbury Mall

The Town of Stratford is excited to announce that the Stratford library is relocating to a new larger space in the former liquor store building at the Bunbury Mall to meet the growing needs of the Town. “The number of library card holders increased from 440 to 1557 in the past 10 years” stated Mayor Dunphy “so Council committed funding in the 2013 budget to ensure that the growing number of residents who use the library can get the services and programs that they need and want.”

Libraries are one of the most important public spaces in any community and a larger, more convenient location is needed to accommodate significant rise in borrowing and programs. In the past 10 years, the circulation has risen from 18,453 per year to 43,453 per year. During that same time period, the number of programs grew from 58 with 560 people attending to 560 with 4733 people attending. Residents also showed their support for a larger library in the 2013 resident survey where 31% of residents indicated that they would regularly or very often use one.

“The Prince Edward Island Public Library Service values the partnerships we have with communities and I appreciate the Town of Stratford’s commitment to library service for their residents,” says Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson. “Our libraries provide an important service for all Islanders, supporting family literacy and lifelong learning, and offering access to quality content in a variety of formats.”

The library is currently located at Robert Cotton Park and the building is too small, the access and visibility are not great and the parking can be problematic. The lease is for a 3 year period with an option to renew which will give the Town time to look at what the long term needs and options are for the library. The new location will be ready sometime in mid to late July. “Libraries foster literacy and are community social gathering sites which are important aspects to meeting resident social needs as we continue to build the best community possible!” concluded Mayor Dunphy.

For further information, please contact Robert Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer, at 569-6251.

Stratford Library is moving to Bunbury Mall

The Town of Stratford is excited to announce that the Stratford library is relocating to a new larger space in the former liquor store building at the Bunbury Mall to meet the growing needs of the Town. “The number of library card holders increased from 440 to 1557 in the past 10 years” stated Mayor Dunphy “so Council committed funding in the 2013 budget to ensure that the growing number of residents who use the library can get the services and programs that they need and want.”

Libraries are one of the most important public spaces in any community and a larger, more convenient location is needed to accommodate significant rise in borrowing and programs. In the past 10 years, the circulation has risen from 18,453 per year to 43,453 per year. During that same time period, the number of programs grew from 58 with 560 people attending to 560 with 4733 people attending. Residents also showed their support for a larger library in the 2013 resident survey where 31% of residents indicated that they would regularly or very often use one.

“The Prince Edward Island Public Library Service values the partnerships we have with communities and I appreciate the Town of Stratford’s commitment to library service for their residents,” says Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson. “Our libraries provide an important service for all Islanders, supporting family literacy and lifelong learning, and offering access to quality content in a variety of formats.”

The library is currently located at Robert Cotton Park and the building is too small, the access and visibility are not great and the parking can be problematic. The lease is for a 3 year period with an option to renew which will give the Town time to look at what the long term needs and options are for the library. The new location will be ready sometime in mid to late July. “Libraries foster literacy and are community social gathering sites which are important aspects to meeting resident social needs as we continue to build the best community possible!” concluded Mayor Dunphy.

For further information, please contact Robert Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer, at 569-6251.

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