The door to our Chinguacousy branch near the parking lot is BROKEN. Please use the door on the opposite side, near the beach volleyball court and skate park, to enter the Library.

My name is Pooja Patel, and I am a Western University first-year business student. I started volunteering at the Brampton Library when I was in grade 10, so this will be my third year. I began volunteering here because of my love of reading, but it has since become a second home for me and a place where I see ideas come to life. In the past year, Rada has encouraged us to have meaningful conversions, and we have been able to discuss so many important topics such as personal empowerment and growth. 

Thus, on March 27, I had the pleasure of being invited by Rada to conduct a presentation on starting university and easing the transition to post-secondary education. There was no hesitation in accepting the invite as it was a great opportunity to share my experience whilst assisting other volunteers - who are preparing to apply for post-secondary studies - in navigating this difficult period.

Looking back, I was a high school senior a year ago, nervous about embarking on a new chapter in my life, particularly given the circumstances, but now I am a month away from completing my freshman year of university. This year has been full of ups and downs, with many accomplishments. All worked out in the end, but going through it was a scary experience for me, and I wanted to support other students who were experiencing the same thing, especially as many of our other volunteers are in grade 11. 

Over 25 volunteers attended the presentation and discussion, which was a fantastic turnout. It's something I'd gladly do again because I believe in the value of mentorship and the positive effect it can have on both the mentor and the mentee.

Overall, I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve as a mentor to these volunteers, and I hope they gain something from our interactions.

With that said, I'd like to leave you with a quote from one of my favourite books: "If my life is going to mean something, I have to live it myself." - Percy Jackson, The Lightning Thief

Yours Truly, 

Pooja Patel

Click here to learn more about volunteering with us! 

During my career as a librarian and now as a director, I’m proud of the support that Brampton Library offers new residents through its services and resources, and in partnership with community groups and government agencies.

We just announced a variation of our award-winning Newcomer Bus Tour, which for many years was shared with newcomers in partnership with the City of Brampton and Brampton Transit. New for 2021, we have prepared a self-directed tour, with a map and other information that you can place on hold and pick up anytime during our open hours, at any of our eight branches. I encourage you to learn more about Brampton, by visiting the points of interest that we have highlighted in the kit. You can find out more about the tour here.

Our website is the place to learn about our resources for newcomers, including test preparation with the Road to IELTS series and LearningExpress for secondary students and adult learners. Here you will also find an introduction to our partners, Achēv, the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre and Immigration Peel, as well as provincial and federal agencies who can help with your settlement success. To learn more about our newcomer resources, please click here.

Despite the challenges and tragedies wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Brampton Library is here to help you build your new life in Canada, with virtual support through the unique Library Settlement Partnerships program, in partnership with the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Currently, this support is available virtually and through weekly programs such as English Conversation Circle along with other newcomer programs. To join our weekly English Conversation Circle sessions, please call any of the following settlement workers, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Jigna: 416-700-9299
  • Saman: 647-302-0370
  • Rumina: 647-302-0989

Newcomer services also offered remotely during this time include Commissioner of Oaths, the Cultural Access Pass, and more. For details, please visit this page

Our virtual newcomer programs on many topics of interest are always popular. To search for programs that may be of interest to you, check Calendar of Events on our website home page; follow our updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and subscribe to our eMail newsletters at this link.

 Let’s keep in touch! Feel free to contact me anytime at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As I write this, Ontario has just entered Step 3 of its Roadmap to Reopen, allowing public libraries to offer more services with more visitor capacity. At Brampton Library, four of our branches are now open for you to browse and borrow material. It has been wonderful to welcome you back into Chinguacousy, Cyril Clark, Four Corners, and Springdale, and to hear your grateful comments about wandering our shelves to select items that you want to borrow.

As a community that values learning and strives for academic and career success, I know that you are looking forward to once again spending longer time in our branches for quiet study and relaxation. That day is not far off! Beginning early next month, we hope to expand the services that we can offer in these four locations and I’m happy to let you know that we are working on reopening our other branches as well. We can’t give you a date yet, but we are aiming for the end of the summer. 

Want to be the first to find out? Subscribe to our email updates using the Subscribe button at the bottom of every page of this website; talk to staff in person at our open branches and through our website live chat; follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; or give us a call at 905.793.4636.

The progress we have made towards reopening is due to one simple factor: the availability of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19. I urge every Brampton resident over the age of 12 to book theirs as soon as possible. To find out where you can get vaccinated, visit the Peel Public Health website or call the provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

To reach the end of the tunnel, we plan to stay the course with our cautious approach to reopening, keeping community safety first and foremost and monitoring conditions. As we reopen, we will continue to maintain a safe environment for all of our users by limiting capacity and requiring all visitors to wear a mask and to physically distance themselves. Working together, our community and library branches can recover safely so that we can once again gather and connect. Let’s keep it up!

Starting Tuesday, August 3rd, Brampton Library will offer limited study space, access to Chromebooks, and Magazines and Newspapers in its four branches now open to the public.  Those branches are Chinguacousy in the Civic Centre, Cyril Clark, Four Corners (downtown), and Springdale.

These services are available:

  • Browsing of materials, computer use, and holds pickup allowed
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting, but without closures every 90 minutes 
  • Occupancy maximum of 25% in public areas 
  • Printing and copying fees reinstated

The following services are not yet available:

  • Room bookings
  • Makerspaces / Audio Recording Studio
  • In-branch programs
  • Gore Meadows, Mount Pleasant Village, South West, and South Fletcher's continue to offer Curbside Pickup only.

Maybe it’s the extra sunshine, the longer days, or the more relaxed schedule, but there’s something about the summer season that inspires me to make and create more than any other time of year. Summer is a great time to learn a new skill, rediscover an old hobby, or simply stretch your creative muscles. At this month's Virtual Maker Meetup, we are talking all about summer creations and DIYs.

Here are a few projects we’ve been working on that you might want to add to your summer project list:

Summer Sketchbook

I made this mixed media journal by combining a variety of weights and types of paper I had on hand, which I cut to size and bound with a simple Japanese side sewn technique I learned from Creativebug. I’ve been experimenting with different art supplies and techniques in it, but you could also make a scrapbook or journal for recording your summer memories. There are many journaling techniques you could try depending on your artistic style and the materials you have on hand. If you’re not sure where to start, a search for “art journal’ in Creativebug yields an impressive variety of guided practice videos, daily challenges, and prompts to get your creativity flowing.

3D Prints for Thriving Plants

Librarian Justine 3D printed this self-watering planter in our Four Corners Branch MakerSpace for her shark fin plant. If you’re a plant parent who tends to over or under-water, this might be your saving grace for keeping your plants healthy and happy. Choose a fun colour combination for extra summer vibes.

As for me, this 3D-printed sprinkler attachment for my watering can was exactly what I needed for my garden. It was a quick print and you can find the STL file here, though I did need to modify it to fit my watering can. You could also try creating your own 3D design from scratch in TinkerCAD.

 

Furniture Flip

I inherited this coffee table over a decade ago but it never really fit with my home decor and it was in rough shape. Inspired by the furniture flips I watched all winter on TikTok, I decided it was time to give this piece a makeover. As soon as the weather allowed, I hauled it out to my backyard and gave it a good sanding and a fresh coat of Fusion mineral paint I picked up from the ReStyle Boutique in downtown Brampton. If you have trouble following the fast pace of social videos, don’t despair. There’s an excellent series on furniture refinishing in Creativebug (free for Brampton Library cardholders) that covers everything you need to know.

 

What are YOU working on this summer? 

At Brampton Library we love to help you explore creative pursuits and can’t wait to welcome you back to our MakerSpaces at Chinguacousy, Four Corners, and Springdale Branch Libraries. In the meantime, we’re continuing to offer 3D printing and vinyl cutting remotely. Submit your request through the MakerSpace On Demand form and we’ll be happy to assist you virtually with your project.

For kids and teens, Take and Make kits are available through our summer clubs for children (0-12) and teens, Brampton Brain Game and Teen Summer Reading Club. Check our calendar to find out which kits are available (while supplies last) and follow along with our YouTube videos. 

What projects would you like to work on this summer? Perhaps you’ve already finished a few. We’d love to see them! We'll be chatting about summer DIYs and live demoing some of the projects mentioned here at our next Virtual Maker Meetup on Tuesday, July 27 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Join us to show off your projects (in any stage of completion) and hang out virtually with Justine and I, and other makers over Zoom.


Click here to RSVP. Hope to see you there!

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