I'm pretty excited about Brent Toderian's 14th city resolution because not only is it important, it's also really fun! It states, "Support your local and downtown public libraries. They aren’t just for books, they are real civic places where public life and community building happen."
I suspect that Kitchener Public Library has been featured more than any other organization in the #365ofgoodWR project, and with good reason. I believe that libraries are an essential part of any vibrant and caring community. Not only do they provide books, but as Brent Toderian suggests, they are community building hubs.
The Kitchener Public Library (and WPL and the Idea Exchange) offer such a variety of services, resources, and supports to our community. A quick look at what KPL offers includes: adult literacy support, health and wellness resources, English Conversation Circles, and the Heffner Studio which is an audio and digital media production lab. There's also a ton of programs and events on every week, in addition to being able to borrow books, movies, museum passes, and even musical instruments! And if you're still not amazed by the awesomeness of our libraries, read this article about a cool garden initiative happening this year.
If you haven't visited one of our local libraries in person recently (or even if you have!), I encourage you to take some time to do exactly that this week. I know you'll be amazed at the good things happening there. And if you end up at KPL Central at 85 Queen, don't forget to look up and admire one of my favourite public art installations, Flux :)