Less than 18 months after Brampton Library announced it was lifting fines on most of its children’s
materials, the Province of Ontario has recognized the welcome initiative with its Minister’s Award
for Innovation in the Large Library category. The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage,
Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries presented the award to Brampton Library staff at last week’s
Ontario Library Association Super Conference.
Susan Bartoletta, Brampton Library’s Interim CEO, commented: “We are absolutely delighted. Fines on
children’s materials are a barrier to access at the most fundamental level. Our mandate is to be
free and equitable, especially in a city where more than half our population is newcomers and there
is a large low-income population. More than anything, we want our customers to continue to use our
services and to keep coming back.”
In January, 2016 Brampton Library received the Angus Mowat Award for Excellence in Public Library
Service (also presented by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture) for its Newcomer
Bus Tour, in partnership with Brampton Transit and the City of Brampton. In July, 2019 Brampton
Library received the OLA New Library Building Award for its spectacular Springdale Branch.
There are 8 Brampton Library branches in the fast-growing City of Brampton, located northwest of
Toronto. Library membership is free and most children’s materials are fine-free. Reserve your
selections by placing holds on the physical and digital items that you want to borrow, for pick up
and return at the branch(es) of your choice. We offer free Wi-Fi and computer use, space to study
and collaborate, innovative makerspaces with free 3D printing, and more.
For more details, visit www.bramptonlibrary.ca.
Photo (Front row): Library members receive innovation award. Rebecca Raven, Alison Clarke, Kate Alatsas, Jaipaul Massey-Singh
(Back row): Susan Bartoletta, Cindy Poggiaroni, Lexi Black, Zarena Cassar, Dominique China and Brent Wilson.