Canada: Vancouver Public Library Receives $2 Million in Support From Canadian to Expand its Central Branch
From Canadian Heritage:
The Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Centre), today announced $2 million in funding for the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
[Note: $2 million Canadian Dollars = approx. $1.528 Million U.S. Dollars]
This support will allow VPL to renovate space on the eighth and ninth levels of its iconic Central Branch in downtown Vancouver. Thanks to this expansion, VPL will be able to provide increased services to the public, create arts and heritage spaces for cultural programming and artist-in-residence activities, and produce a community gathering space and publicly accessible rooftop garden.
The additional venues will be free for use by professional arts, heritage and community groups wishing to increase their profile and build new audiences by providing free presentations to the public.
The library’s expansion project is composed of five key components—a 60-seat theatre for screenings and performances; an exhibit space for art and archives, a two-storey atrium for three-dimensional exhibits, space for the VPL writer-in-residence and the VPL Indigenous storyteller-in-residence, and a reconfigurable indoor and outdoor space for theatrical performances, music recitals, exhibit viewings, screenings and author readings.
In 2016, the VPL Central Branch received 1.9 million visits.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.