Why is this Project Important?
Bright's Grove does not have a public Community Room. The library is two rooms and not accessible. The washrooms are not accessible. The second floor is not accessible.
This is a City Owned Building. Accessibility is the law.
What About Parking & Safety?
Bright's Grove Public School is adjacent to the Faethorne House. St. Michaels Elementary School is across the street. During school hours, there is a crossing guard and sidewalks on both sides of Hamilton Road.
The City of Sarnia owns the parking lot. There is plenty of room and if necessary, expand. The busiest time of day is beginning of school and end of school day.
Community Room programming can be scheduled after school starts. The parking lot is half empty in the middle of a school day. Additionally, school is closed after 3:30 p.m. every day, closed on weekends and closed in the summer.
What Would a Community Room Look Like?
A Community Room addition to this project would mean:
Libraries in 2022 and Beyond!
The library is far too small for the population of the community and beyond.
The County of Lambton Library Division provided city council with ARUPLO Guidelines which define what a library space should be based on the population. The actual suggested space was 10,000 sq ft - we worked with the architect to define the space to 7000 sq ft.
Libraries are vibrant hubs with resources and programming for all ages.