Brampton Library’s new mobile van will soon be popping up in neighbourhoods all over the city to share cutting-edge technology and highlight a wide range of library programs and services for all ages and interests. Brampton Library currently operates out of seven branch locations and recently announced longer hours of operation. An eighth location is coming soon.
To match the needs of a fast-growing city, the new mobile van, fittingly named Brampton Library On-the-Go, further complements the library service offerings. As well, Makerspace Brampton, a collaborative initiative between Brampton Library, City of Brampton and Sheridan College, is currently hosted at three branches – Chinguacousy Branch at the Civic Centre, Springdale Branch and Four Corners Branch. Thanks to Brampton Library On-the-Go, the Makerspace experience will soon be available at many more stops.
To kick-start the new service and celebrate a $10,000 donation by Amazon, Brampton Library On-the-Go was launched at Mount Pleasant Village Community Centre and Library. Grade 4 and 5 students from Mount Pleasant Village School attended the launch to get their first glimpse of the van before it hits the road for public events, workshops and more.
Amazon’s donation supports Makerspace Brampton’s expansion of accessible STEM-based learning with special equipment including the Ultimaker 2Go mini 3D printer; Dash and Dot, a pair of tiny robots used to teach coding; Little Robot Friends, pocket-sized robots used to teach coding; Ozobots, tiny robots that can identify lines, colours and codes on both digital and physical surfaces and Makey Makeys, an invention tool that transforms everyday objects into computer touchpads or controllers. Following remarks at the launch event by Brampton Library CEO Rebecca Raven and Amazon officials, the students got in some hands-on playing to learn with cool tech.
The launch of the new van allows Brampton Library to take its service offerings to the next level. In mid-October, the system expanded its hours of operation and is now open to the public Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All library services are free to members with their Brampton Library card.
Updates for Brampton Library On-the-Go can be found at bramptonlibrary.ca and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.