Mayor Brian Bigger is calling on all of Greater Sudbury to take part in the creation of what will be a dynamic, modern and inclusive facility.
The Junction will include the largest library in city history and the art gallery. With the project now moving forward, Mayor Bigger wants to see and hear from everyone who wants to play a part in this new project that will transform the city and downtown.
“We just put out an RFP for construction and design for the Junction, which includes the new downtown library and art gallery,” said Bigger in a news release.
“Architecture is a big part of the project, but the most important piece of a new library is what’s inside, the programming it offers, the learning and creativity it supports and how it best serves everyone in our community who will use it as a community gathering place.”
As the project progresses, Mayor Bigger will be engaging city staff to arrange multiple platforms in which residents of all ages can provide input.
This will include online surveys and in-person events where the public is encouraged to bring forward ideas and present their vision of a leading-edge library in 2021 and beyond.
“The traditional library concept is not really in play anymore. Books are still a key component, but libraries of the future are very innovative," Bigger said.
"I want to hear what businesses and educators want, what seniors want, what parents need, what will bring in kids and youth? What programming can we provide through this library that will best serve all of us and best position all of us for the future. Libraries across Canada now offer everything from makers spaces with 3D printers and laser cutters, to downloadable movies and books to borrow, to cake pans for moms and dads looking to bake. In Vancouver they’re even letting people “borrow” pet therapy dogs, it’s a great program that sees multiple community partners working together – it’s unconventional and its been beyond successful.”
Mayor Bigger believes the Junction needs to fit our diverse community and be of service and a destination to every demographic in Greater Sudbury.
The city of Greater Sudbury will be releasing details soon regarding the dates and times for input sessions and how citizens can ensure their ideas are part of this project.