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Idea Exchange | June 14, 2018

There are exciting changes ahead!  Our Clemens Mill location is being renovated this summer to improve the overall experience for families, students, and our community. Some highlights of the new library layout include a new public entrance with outdoor lighting to better integrate the library and outdoor park, an expanded Children’s space with access to a universal washroom, an innovative Student Learning Commons with creative spaces for high and low tech discovery and study space for student and community working groups.  

To make these exciting changes possible, the Clemens Mill location will temporarily close to the public on Saturday, June 30, 2018  for renovations and will re-open to the public on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  This summer we invite you to enjoy the Clemens Mill outdoor park and discover other Idea Exchange locations. As we begin to prepare for the renovation, please excuse our mess. We’re making changes to help serve you better!

During the month of June, final preparations for the closure:

June 22 – Only Adult Fiction and Children’s Collections available for borrowing
June 25 – New 1-Day DVDs, Rapid Reads, and Video Games relocated to Queen’s Square
June 26 – Internet Stations and Wi-Fi unavailable
June 27 – STORAGE DAY! All furniture, equipment, and most collections move into storage
June 28 - 30 – Get your last look at the facility before renovations begin

Borrowing Information:

Extended Loans: Items borrowed from CM as of Saturday, June 9 are due back to CM on September 16, 2018. New DVDs, Video Games, and Rapid Reads are due back by their regular date, to any other location.

Hold Pickup: Hespeler is the default hold pickup location, unless an alternative location has been requested. No holds can be placed on CM items as of Friday June 15.

Returns: During renovations, CM items can be returned to any location except CM.
Questions? Call 519.621.0460 to speak with a staff member.

Clemens Mill Renovation Timeline

Our Journey

Our vision is supported by the School Board, the Library Board, and the many community partners who have been part of the Heart of the Community project from the beginning and those who continue to strengthen our growing community hub. Each phase of the ‘Heart of the Community’ project has been made possible through the support of our amazing grant funders, the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation, St. Benedict C.S.S., Idea Exchange, and our many community partners.

Heart of the Community – Phase 1

With the support of the Aviva Community Fund, we added a 150-metre stone dust walking trail around the running track, fitness stations, field grandstands, and a multi-purpose score board. These enhancements were enjoyed by students and all members of the community.

Heart of the Community – Phase 2

With the support of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, we added a basketball court, playground equipment, rock-climbing walls, outdoor chess tables, a gazebo, and a story garden.

Heart of the Community – Phase 3

With the continued support of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, we are improving the library layout, creating a new community entrance, and expanded outdoor lighting.