Caledon, ON – Caledon Public Library (CPL) is excited to announce that construction will soon begin on the Margaret Dunn Valleywood Collaboration Studio. Thanks to federal and provincial support through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), along with the Town of Caledon, the space in the Margaret Dunn Valleywood Branch will soon be reimagined into a space offering innovative new services and technologies not yet available anywhere else in Caledon. The modernized branch will house a maker space and recording studio as well as spaces for working, learning, and meeting… and of course books. Our collections will focus on supporting these new services with special collections for local businesses and entrepreneurs and an emphasis on technology, making, and creativity. The renovated branch will also continue to act as a pickup and return location for all CPL materials.
“We are excited that these new services will be delivered in the heart of Valleywood and expect that neighborhood residents will take full advantage of all that will be available on their doorstep,” says Colleen Lipp, CPL CEO and Chief Librarian. “With its easy access to Hwy 10 and the 410, we also see this branch as a destination for all of Caledon.”
Not tech savvy, no worries. There is no need to be an expert. Makerspaces are one of the best ways to learn the skills that are essential today and for the future. Equipped with resources such as computers, 3-D printers, audio, and video capture and editing tools, and traditional arts and crafts supplies, they provide a place where people create, invent, learn together, and build skills for life. Libraries around the world are home to these vibrant learning and innovation hubs for co-creation.
The branch will host many maker, technology, and craft workshops facilitated by both CPL staff and experts from the community. We look forward to collaborating with the Town’s Economic Development and Recreation Teams to offer programs and events for local businesses and residents.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early November which will require the temporary closure of the branch for a minimum of 3 months. The exterior drop box for the return of library materials will remain accessible. The use of the adjacent community room will not be impacted by the construction and rentals and programs will continue to be managed by the Community Services Department of the Town of Caledon. During the closure, library staff will be reassigned to serve patrons at other branch locations until such time that we can again open the doors in Valleywood.