By Chris Woodrow
(WINDSOR, ON) – If you haven’t visited the central branch of Windsor Public Library lately, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Although WPL still values the traditional role of public libraries, which offer books, research help, programming, and a quiet location to study and read, Windsor’s libraries are much more.
This weekend, the central branch will open the Library Living Room, which is a large area furnished with comfortable chairs and tables, lamps, magazines, newspapers, a television, and other items more often found at home.
“We want our customers to come and visit us in a more casual setting, where they can sit and read a magazine in a cozy environment, watch the news headlines, watch city council meetings, catch up with family thousands of miles away using our free WIFI,” said WPL CEO Kitty Pope. “In short, we want them to feel at home.”
The Living Room is adjacent to the Ouellette Avenue entrance and will be available to customers during all open hours.
“Public libraries have changed,” Pope added. “Libraries are people places. Places to meet, learn and discover. Replacing the traditional market square or shopping mall. Customers can visit with their portable electronic devices, download material, access information, or simply relax.”