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Tuesday January 26th, 2016

Posted at 10:29am

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The Windsor Public Library has revived $200,000 from the Ontario Government to improve equity of access and service for high needs populations.

The library plans to create a hub of service agencies for people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty who may not currently be library users.

They plan to provide them with an introduction to library services and programs, and to partner with the Essex County Library, Guelph Public Library, Access County Community Support Services, and the New Canadians Centre for Excellence.

The planned project will result in a service delivery model for communities, both urban and rural, with visible and hidden homeless populations, and a diverse set of community partnerships.

They will also create an electronic toolkit to assist other libraries to replicate the model.

“Public libraries are important community centres,” says WPL Board Chair, Dr. Peter Frise. “This funding announcement will provide the opportunity for us to research, evaluate and document available services and create an electronic toolkit to assist other library systems. What is equally important is the development of a partnership with the Essex County and Guelph libraries. We are honoured to be pioneering this work and then sharing it with all of Ontario.”

 

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