Libraries can be more than just a place to browse the stacks and check out books.
As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Oxford County Library is collecting a list of 150 things to do at the library.
All year patrons will be asked to contribute to the list by sharing personal photos or detailing their favorite library moments.
“We’re celebrating 2017 as a year of discovery and sharing,” said chief librarian Lisa Miettinen. “This contest encourages library users to share their favourite library moments to help others discover new and interesting ways to interact with the library. In fact, many people may be surprised to learn about all the different things you can do at the Oxford County Library.
Launched on Friday, systems support librarian Sarah McDonald said they already had some patrons upload their ideas onto the web page www.ocl.net/CAN150atOCL.
McDonald said it is exciting to learn about the unexpected ways patrons utilized their local libraries, including one lady’s light-hearted take on her experience.
“She said she uses the library to help curb her online shopping,” McDonald said.
Others who posted the website talked about attending movie events and other unexpected ways the library can be used.
Every submission earns a ballot towards a monthly draw featuring prizes from local businesses such as Gunn’s Hill Cheese, Ottercreek Woodworks, Patinas, Oxford Honey and Supplies, Wild Comfort and Jakeman’s Maple Store.
Participants can earn additional ballots by sharing their favourite library moments on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CAN150atOCL.
In addition to the contest library staff will celebrating the sesquicentennial by sharing interesting Canadian quotes on their Facebook page every day.
McDonald said she recently uncovered a Penguin Dictionary of Popular Canadian quotes and decided it was “too good to just leave on the shelf.”
“They are not all flattering but they are very thought-provoking,” she said.