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Community open house to showcase all the Coquitlam Public Library has to offer

Conference rooms, cool air and "lendable tech." What you may not know about Coquitlam libraries.
The main lobby inside the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library.

Electronics, work spaces, "lendable tech," and yes, books.

Libraries have evolved beyond the stereotype of only providing paper with words between hard-covers on shelves.

As part of efforts to connect with local residents, the Coquitlam Public Library (CPL) is set to share what it has to offer at a community open house next weekend.

Spokesperson Samantha Wink told the Tri-City News the goal is to engage and entertain during the event, as well as learn from interested library visitors on what the hub means to them and how it can go even further.

"Libraries are no longer the quiet, serious places people may remember from their childhoods," said Wink. 

"No more 'shhhing' here — instead visitors to Coquitlam Public Library will find a relaxed and open atmosphere with a variety of accessible resources, technology and interactive experiences for everyone."

Wink added, with the cost of living continuing to rise, the library hopes it can provide a free interactive environment for struggling families.

"It is so nice to be part of a library that has such a deep care and concern for the community as a whole," added new Coquitlam resident Sara Ross in a CPL release. 

"We moved to Coquitlam in November from North Van and we thoroughly enjoy being here and part of [the] library!"

In 2021, more than 1,100 people that took a CPL satisfaction survey said the library has been their go-to spot in challenging times.

This has included escaping moderate-to-extreme heat with its cool, clean-air spaces, as well as a safe place to visit under previous restrictions with the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the survey also showed low awareness of services like lendable technologies (ie., cameras, binoculars, etc.) and accessibility for print-disabled customers.

CPL staff are set to share these amenities at its "Beyond Books" open house on Sunday (May 28), as well as:

  • "Read and Watch Station"
    • Exhibiting electronic resources for movies, music, eBooks and audiobooks including Libby and Kanopy, on lendable laptops and tablets
  • "Research and Learning Station"
    • Featuring genealogical research using Ancestry, courses and tutorials offered by LinkedIn Learning, and preserving family memories at the digitization station
  • "Newcomer Station"
    • Resources, workshops and books for new Canadians, as well as lendable Happy Lights

The open house is scheduled for May 28 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the City Centre branch (1169 Pinetree Way).

Interested participants can enter to win several door prizes and, with a piece iof ID, can sign up for a free library card on site.

For more information, you can visit the CPL's website.

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