Michelle introduced our speaker, Kimberly Sutherland Mills, Director, Service Design and Delivery at Kingston Frontenac Public Library.  Kim came today to speak at new happenings at our local libraries.
Kimberly spoke about the history and resources of the library. There are 16 branches with a 30% increase in digital checkouts. New for 2022 are 9,000 eBooks in French, and more intercultural events.The Kanopy service allows streaming for critically acclaimed movies. The library offers 16,000 courses in 7 languages for business, creative and technology skills. They also have unique programs and services to meet identified community needs. They are removing overdue fines to remove barriers to access. The library is involved in a 20 year master plan. Kimberly discussed the characteristics of a modern library that they are aiming for.
Bill Egnatoff asked about the connection to storytelling. Kimberly expanded on their indigenous programming expansion.
Joyce Yee asked about reaching out to immigrants. Kimberly has been working with KEYS with tours and workshops. An example is typing classes being offered to entrepreneurs wanting to build a website for a new business.
John Farrow thanked Kimberly who received our loaf of bread. John fondly recalled his daughter working as a library Page.
To get the full story on all the programs our local libraries provide, go to https://www.kfpl.ca/