$78,200 OTF Grant Modernized the Selwyn Public Library!

Selwyn, ON (June 24, 2021) – Recently, the Township of Selwyn and the Selwyn Public Library learned that they had received a $78,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to create a permanent MakerSpace at the Lakefield Branch of the Selwyn Public Library. On Thursday, local MPP Dave Smith and Roberto Albis, an Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer, had an opportunity to hear about this project’s long-term impact from Township officials during a virtual meeting with Mayor Andy Mitchell, Sarah Hennessy, CEO of the Selwyn Public Library, and Julie Dillon, Chair of the Selwyn Public Library Board.

“Access to affordable, accessible and cutting-edge technology in rural communities such as Lakefield has been long ignored in Ontario,” MPP Dave Smith said. “This investment will be a key component for economic development by supporting access to the modern digital market in Selwyn,” MPP Smith added.

The Resilient Communities Fund was developed to help non-profit organizations recover and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19 to continue meeting the needs of Ontario communities. The Township’s grant will help the Library to buy the tools, technical equipment and software needed to provide patrons with creative experiences.

The addition of an innovative community space, such as the Library’s MakerSpace, comes at a time where many community members are staying home, and are looking for free and low-cost resources, whether to pass the time, learn a new skill or enhance an old one. We’re excited to see the many community-wide benefits that this space will undoubtedly create.”– Andy Mitchell, Mayor of Selwyn Township

By creating the first permanent MakerSpace within Peterborough County, the Selwyn Public Library will provide access to new and emerging technologies, such as laser cutters, 3D printers, etc. while creating opportunities for learning, fostering problem solving skills, and creative thinking for people of all ages and abilities.
This will also create potential opportunities for local, small business start-ups within our community, allowing community members to discover and explore new equipment without the financial burden of purchasing the expensive capital items themselves.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Hennessey, CEO/Chief Librarian
Selwyn Public Library
Tel: 705-292-5065

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