Monday, October 17, 2011


Robert Kroeger, a Software Engineer with Google Canada will join Wednesday night’s panel at City Hall Auditorium to consider how the next 5 to 7 years will evolve for Stratford and how Stratford Public Library might assist individuals and the community in building the future they desire most. [Imagine the Future details]

Kroeger will be joining a panel consisting of Nora Young, host of CBC Radio’s “Spark” and Mayor Dan Mathieson who will both speak to what the future might hold.  Librarians Wendy Newman from the University of Toronto and Sandra Singh, Chief Librarian of Vancouver Public Library will share ideas of how libraries might help.

The panel will be moderated by Kevin Sylvester, a radio broadcaster and award-winning children's author/illustrator.

All are invited to attend and are encouraged to join the conversation.  The evening will be recorded and broadcast at a later date by Rogers TV Cable 20.  Partially funded by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, and in co-operation with the Ontario Library Association, a video produced from this event will be used in communities across Ontario as they also discuss the changing nature of their libraries.

Here at home, the meeting is designed to begin a broader conversation in Stratford and area about the library and how we can adapt to provide the citizens of Stratford with what they need in a rapidly changing information age. The library staff and board will use this input to help us target library services, some traditional and others new and innovative, to our customers.

Following the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for all participants to exchange ideas, pose questions, and engage in a conversation about our libraries in the future. We hope that you will take part.

Wednesday, October 19th at Stratford City Hall auditorium
·         Doors open at  6 pm
·         Panel & Town Hall from 7 - 9 pm
·         Seating is first come, first seated

The support of the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, is acknowledged as well as that of the Ontario Library Association and Perth Community Futures Development Corporation.

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