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In 2023, we celebrated anniversaries at two of our locations; the 100 years of the Carnegie Library Building in Hespeler and 5 years of discovery at the Old Post Office, created an award winning Multi-Sensory Room pilot project at Clemens Mill, conducted a community survey for our 2024-2027 Strategic Pl

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Celebrate all things fandom from May 1 to May 4 with specially-themed events and programs during Fan Week!

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We’re thrilled to share the One eRead / Un livrel Canada selection: Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah. 

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We are excited to report that geese and mallard ducks returned to the Old Post Office Green Roof for another nesting season in 2024.A mama duck settled on her nest around mid-March and we've started to see geese making appearances too. Like last year, we will be livestreaming the action on the Idea Exchange YouTube channel.

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We want to introduce you to one of the latest additions to our Virtual Library, Creativebug. Your Idea Exchange membership now gives you access to this easy-to-use, online art and craft education resource, offering unlimited access to thousands of classes for every skill level. If you’ve ever wanted to explore a new hobby or brush up on an old one, Creativebug is for you.

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Many Idea Exchange members have started to plan and prepare their gardens using the wide selection of seeds we offer year-round in Preston’s Seed Library cabinet. As spring starts, gardeners can also pick up seeds at all our other locations from the Little Seed Libraries, which will be available until May. Each Little Seed Library will have some of our most popular vegetables, herbs, and flowers to choose from and help your garden grow. 

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Jessica and Molly are ready to welcome you to our Preston location, where they are always happy to show off the beautiful backyard garden, Seed Library, and tool collection, all of which are exclusive to this location.Jessica, the Senior Branch Assistant, has been at Preston since 2014. Molly started at the Old Post Office’s Discovery Centre in 2021 and has served as Preston’s Youth Services Team Lead for the past year. They are both proud to play a part in Idea Exchange’s vital role within the Preston community.

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Words, beautiful words! Words are all around us and what better way to organize them than into poems? Poems can touch our hearts and souls, make us laugh and cry, and connect us to other people and experiences around the world. April is National Poetry Month and the theme this year is "Weather". Snow swirls and skates across the landscape. Sun caresses and smiles upon our skin. Rain quenches and revives us. As Canadians, our weather certainly gives us lots of awesome images and feelings to work with. 

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Hey students! We know it can be difficult to study sometimes: all you want is a little peace and quiet, reliable Wi-Fi and laptops, and to get your exams proctored. Fortunately, Idea Exchange can help you with some of these needs and make acing that big project or test a little easier.

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Idea Exchange was honoured to receive the Minister's Award for Innovation (Large Library Category) at the annual Ontario Library Association Super Conference. The award, which recognizes successful new approaches that demonstrate a positive impact in a community and are of continued value to public libraries, touted the library’s 2023 Multi-Sensory Room pilot project.

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