With a long standing tradition of community dedication (since 1912), Shelburne Public Library continually strives to create a welcoming and engaging environment for all. The many diverse and inclusive activities and events include the following as outlined. There are several outreach programs for Seniors in the community, such as delivering carefully selected materials to seniors in their homes, as well as Dufferin Oaks and Shelburne Residence.
The TD Summer Reading program that SPL has delivered over the years has been nationally recognized. Shelburne Library participates, and was a founding partner of, the Town of Shelburne’s Multicultural and Culture Days. The Library consistently delivers excellent literacy- focused programs, such as Library Literary Events, Coffee, Conversation and Books, Authors in the Hills of Mulmur, Dufferin Reads: One Book One County in partnership with other Dufferin County libraries, municipalities, and businesses, such as BookLore, Jelly Craft Bakery, and Shelburne Home Hardware.
As well, the Library partners with other local businesses and non-profits to develop and provide diverse, engaging, and exciting programs for individuals of all ages and abilities in the community. Such partnerships have resulted in wider-community impacts like environmental conservationism through their reusable market book bag initiative, and partnership with the Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club to promote awareness, appropriate usage, and respect for the outdoor spaces available to the community.
Moreover, other partnerships, like that with the Shelburne Legion, brought joy and commemoration to all Canadians through the 2018 Poppy Project, which saw the community create and display over 1000 knit and crocheted poppies at Shelburne’s 2018 Remembrance Day observance. Each of the 1000 poppies was touched by at least eight hands; a total of 8000 thoughtful actions! What all of these initiatives highlight is the desire and drive to connect with community members in unique and meaningful ways. In return, the community truly values and supports Shelburne Library, as evidenced by their patronage of Library programs and the ever-present daily smiles of those in the Library, staff and members of the public included. We are, and will forever be, YOUR Library.