Bradford Children's Choir A Pocketful of Music; Friday, June 12, 2015 7 to 8 pm

Historical Dolls of Canada

On display in the main display case until mid-July, 2015

Jacques Cartier

The Library is excited to welcome the historical doll collection by artist Irina Gorelkina to our main display case until mid-July, 2015. This amazing collection is an original way of illustrating Canada’s history, through the depiction of significant historical figures using dolls as the artistic medium. Each wax figure depicts an accurate likeness in period appropriate costume. Included in this show are 30 one-of-a-kind figures never shown before from pioneers to Frederick Banting and Pierre Trudeau.

Irina, originally from Kazakhstan, immigrated to Canada in 2004, has turned her passion, education and background in history into a wonderful expression of the historical significance of these iconic individuals.

For more information, as well as insight into the creation of these works, please visit our display case page.

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Library Closed Victoria Day Monday

Queen Victoria, 1819-1901, by Bassano, 1882.

Please note that the Library will be closed on Monday, May 18th for Victoria Day.

Don’t forget to stop by this week to pickup some great reading or viewing materials for the long weekend. We wish you and your family a fun, exciting and safe holiday weekend.

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Sunday Openings End Until September

Please note that May 10th is the final Sunday we will be open until late-September.

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New DVDs and Blu-Rays

Wondering what to watch next? We have added some great new releases on DVD and BluRay for your viewing enjoyment. These include such titles as:

This is only a small sample of what we have just added. For the full list, as well as those that are coming soon, check out our New Adult DVD’s (May 1, 2015) list (pdf).

Did you know you can quickly browse movies and tv shows added to our collections within the last three months? Check out the search tree for New Videorecordings.

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Library CEO Liz Fenwick Announces Retirement

It is with a mixture of happiness (for her) and sadness (for us) that we announce the retirement of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library’s Chief Executive Officer Liz Fenwick. Liz has served the Library and the greater Bradford community admirably as CEO since 1998. Liz officially leaves us as of July 31, 2015.

Library Board Chair Milt Calder says that “Liz’s vision and leadership has guided the staff and entire collection into its new home, the state-of-the-art environmentally friendly building that services the town’s growing population with more programs than ever before. We have big shoes to fill.”

One of Liz’s key contributions to Bradford has undoubtedly been our relocation to the beautiful building on Holland Street West. Through her vision, encouragement and support, the Library thrives in this new home as a community hub offering a wide range of programs and services, not to mention a great collection for the enjoyment of all.

When asked her thoughts, Liz said “it has been my pleasure to serve the community for 17 years in my role as CEO of this wonderful library and cultural centre; both very rewarding and stimulating. I have had the privilege of leading staff and the volunteers who work so hard to make this library the accessible-to-all, imaginative place that it is.”

When asked to reflect on Liz’s pending retirement, Deputy CEO Nina Cunniff said, “during the 10-plus years I have been working at the BWG Library, Liz has been a generous mentor to me. I have appreciated her support and encouragement through the many changes and challenges we have faced. We will miss Liz, but understand that she is ready to move into the next “chapter” in the story of her life.”

Liz and former Mayor Doug White opening a new chapter in Library service in Bradford (June 3, 2011). Photography by Jim Craigmyle

Over the years, Liz has maintained her strong ties to the profession through organizations such as the Ontario Library Association (OLA), the Administrators of Medium-size Public Libraries of Ontario (AMPLO), the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), and the Human Resources Network of Ontario Libraries (HRNOL). She is also the Past Chair of the Chief Librarian’s Committee of the Simcoe County Cooperative Library.

We will all miss Liz and her sense of community, leadership and humour tremendously, but wish her all the best in her retirement. We know that we will see her frequently as she transitions to this new phase by joining her husband Doug in a happy and busy retirement.

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