According to Frances Nunziata’s circular, the Mount Dennis branch of the TPL has reopened its youth hub on weekday afternoons. They’re also starting a “Take & Make” craft series weekly on Thursdays in August, starting at 3:30 p.m..
Nunziata also says that the city has announced
the expansion of 20 Enhanced Youth Spaces and Youth Spaces across the City. Spaces are open five to seven days per week, 50 weeks per year and are intended to help youth build life skills and create pathways to learning and employment through entrepreneurship, employment readiness and continuing education supports.
Locations in York South—Weston will include the Mount Dennis Library, Weston Library, and Falstaff Community Centre.
If I said this was long overdue, would you forgive me?
The Farmers’ Market will open on August 1, according to the BIA. They are also looking to hire students to help with the market—but hurry; the deadline is tomorrow, July 20.
The Weston Library is also reopening a bit, for scheduled computer bookings.
Caillou at the ready to greet customers! ☺️
Our branch will be open for scheduled computer bookings— in addition to curbside pickup and item returns— beginning Tuesday July 21st. Customers are able to make computer bookings beginning on Monday July 20th.https://t.co/uwtwNdFsbGpic.twitter.com/24bm3IviR0
Though the doors are closed, the Weston Public Library remains open—digitally, at least—to borrowers. All Toronto Public Libraries are now issuing instant digital borrowing cards, which will give readers access to Overdrive, the library’s ebook program.
To register, you’ll need only an internet connection (to borrow books) and a cellphone (to receive a registration text).
Libby has about a zillion ebooks and audiobooks that you can borrow on your tablet or phone. (If you need a tablet, the Amazon Fire tablets are good, and doubly so if you get one during one of their frequent sales.)
Frances Nunziata announced some very good news: both the Weston and Mount Dennis libraries will be receiving youth hubs.
Youth hubs are
a welcoming place for teens after school and in the summer, where snacks, fun activities and helpful staff are always available. Drop in to connect with friends in a supportive environment and get help with your homework.
The hubs include gaming systems, iPads, computers, and specialized equipment. Tutors are available to help with homework.
Nunziata also announced that Pelmo Park will be getting a splash pad.
Frances Nunziata , John Tory, and Councillor Michael Thompson announced yesterday that the proposed budget will include $6 million to curb gun violence by, among other things, “creating new youth hubs [and] opening new youth spaces”—one of which seems likely to be on Falstaff Avenue and one of which may be in Mount Dennis.
I am proud that the proposed 2020 budget includes $6M in additional anti-violence funding. This investment will address the root causes of violence by creating new youth hubs, opening new youth spaces, and providing new Community Youth Violence Prevention Grants. https://t.co/skl7OkHWVx
Toronto is an extremely safe city, but there was quite a lot of gun violence last year, including in York South–Weston. There were 9 murders in 12 Division in 2019, triple the number in 2018. (12 Division includes many other neighbourhoods) There were 490 shootings in Toronto last year—and shootings have increased dramatically since 2014.
The locations for the youth hubs have not been announced, and the funding must be approved by City Council, but that Nunziata and Tory made the announcement at Falstaff is encouraging.
In 2018, library staff also proposed opening a youth hub in Mount Dennis. In 2018, the TPL’s manager of youth services, Lisa Heggum, toldThe Star
The library has always been a space for youth…. Especially in more disadvantaged neighbourhoods, youth rely on access to computers, WiFi, books and other resources. The hub adds another space to connect with teens, she said.
She stressed their role is facilitation not supervision in a space where teens are encouraged to be loud and librarians aren’t shushing anyone.