Written by Maddie Binning
The Meaford Public Library will start renovations on its new location this summer after receiving a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), according to a news release from March 1.
The grant was awarded to the Municipality of Meaford earlier this year by the OTF, which awarded more than $120 million to about 700 projects across the province last year. The money will allow the library to make improvements to the mechanical and electrical systems at its new location. The Meaford Public Library acquired the former Foodland building at the corner of Sykes and Trowbridge streets after council approved their project to convert the building into a library during late 2017. The renovations are expected to get start this summer and end in the spring of 2020.
“This grant is an investment in the Meaford Public Library which will improve the building’s overall operating efficiency and safety of the facility,” said Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “This funding will enhance community engagement through arts, culture and heritage programs and events, and positively impact the lives of residents and visitors who utilize this very valuable community hub.”
The new building will have a single-floor, accessible space to hold the library’s collection and library staff plan to use the new space to expand programming for residents of all ages in the community.
“We are very pleased to have been approved for this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Fundraising Committee Chair Peter Bantock. “The library provides so much to our community, and this funding will help us improve this important community hub in its new more efficient and accessible home.”
For more information, visit the Friends of the Meaford Library website.