There is a new library in town. The west end of downtown Toronto now has a Toronto Public Library branch. As a result of the growing population in the downtown core, the need has been growing for families to have access to a great public library. As more condominium towers rise and more families move into the neighbourhood the city services have to increase. There is nothing quite like a library to bring a community together and the Fort York library is quickly turning into an exciting community hub.
What to do in Toronto: Fort York Library
Digital Innovation Hub: The Fort York Library, and the Toronto Reference Library, are the first two Digital Innovation Hubs in the TPL system. What does this mean? A Digital Innovation Hub is a learning space where visitors have access to the latest technologies and training in those technologies, at no cost. Patrons of Fort York library can learn and create with a 3D printer, reserve a seat in the digital design workstation to work on audio/visual editing and much more. Visitors also have access to various pieces of in branch equipment; laptops, iPads, HD cameras, audio and video production equipment and more. There are always programs and workshops being offered at the branch.
Children’s Space: The children’s space at Fort York occupies much of the first floor of the building. The floor to ceiling windows create a bright space that is connected to the outdoors. While kids browse the shelves, they can watch the trains go by outside. The branch hosts ongoing child focused programs. The programs include; family storytime, baby time and the Fort York Builders Club. The Fort York Builders Club is a program for school aged children who are interested in design, science, technology, creation and innovation.
The Fort York library is easily accessible by public transit, take the Bathurst street car to Fort York Boulevard. While the area around the library is still filling in with shops and condominiums there are a few places around the library where families can grab a snack or even lunch. It’s location across the street from historic Fort York is pretty amazing too.