Christopher Stephenson CEO / Head Librarian The Haliburton County Public Library receives a check for $ 2,200 from Haliburton Rotary Club President Heather Phillips. Photo taken at the Dysart agency. / David Zilstra

Tens of thousands of titles offered to HCPL members

By the staff
Haliburton County Public Library cardholders will soon have access to over 30,000 documentaries, learning courses, children’s programs and international films thanks to a $ 2,200 donation from the Rotary Club of Haliburton.
The request for funding to allow HCPL’s 7,000 members to access Kanopy, an online streaming service, was addressed to the club by HCPL CEO / Chief Librarian Christopher Stephenson in a letter dated November 4. resources means that residents before the winter months have access at home to more education and entertainment options, particularly if they are reluctant to return to public facilities during an ongoing health crisis. The public library is for everyone, and we also aim to provide something that everyone can enjoy.
Stephenson explained to the club that members of the HCPL library can access e-books, audiobooks, journals, language learning software, as well as Ancestry, the genealogical database that can be used to research the family history.
The chief librarian said in his letter to the Rotary Club that each library member would receive about seven or eight credits each month for posting content that interests them for free.

When asked what prompted him to seek funding for Kanopy Stephenson, librarians too often told their communities that we are more than just books. We are always on the lookout for new formats and services, and in fact it has become increasingly difficult to find new content in DVD format, so we were excited to find another option designed for public libraries. People have also asked us about this particular platform. At the end of a typical year, when we have often used up a large chunk of our procurement budget, I got the idea that maybe a local organization could step in to help us deliver educational content. and entertainment to the community. As we move into the darker and colder months, this is an ideal digital resource to offer our residents. It’s like a Christmas present for anyone using the Haliburton County Public Library System.

According to Stephenson, library card holders will be able to access Kanopy either through a Rotary club link on the library’s website or by downloading the Kanopy app on their preferred device.
Heather Phillip, president of the Rotary Club of Haliburton, said the donation was aimed at providing access for residents.
“We wanted to make sure all families had access to a streaming service,” she said.
Phillips added that literacy is an important issue for Rotary, and finding new ways to encourage patrons to visit the library is a step in that direction. People can get their first library card to access the online streaming service, but once introduced to the library, they will discover the reading materials available to them and other resources, accessible through their local branch.
Stephenson said: If you haven’t had a library card or visited one of our HCPL branches for a while, you can either sign up for a card online at en_US / haliburton / or you can come see us in person to become a new member. Anyone living in or on the outskirts of Haliburton County can get a library card for free, including residents, cottage owners, and students. There is no age limit for using your library, but we ask children under the age of 16 to obtain a parent’s signature. If you come to register, don’t forget to bring papers with your current address, such as a tax bill or a discharge card, for example. Membership in a library is one of the best ways to support your public library.

Rotary’s support is greatly appreciated by Stephenson. When asked what Rotary’s fundraising process looked like, he replied, “What a pleasure! I was asked to be a guest speaker at one of their recent meetings, and of course I always accept any opportunity to advocate for public libraries. When I got to know some of the Rotary Club members after my speech, I was told that if I had any suggestions on how they might help the Haliburton County Public Library, I should make a request and explain how the community could benefit from their support. . This is a very proactive group and I think they were surprised by the variety of resources the library strives to provide. And I’m glad that they were also excited about the possibility of a streaming service.
Stephenson, who took on the CEO / Chief Librarian role earlier this fall, said he was grateful to be part of a community that supports his library system.
He said: “Very often we get suggestions from clients for new programs and services, donations and people also help us by sharing our events and news through social media. But I am also impressed with the media support we are receiving. When there is something new and great that the library staff are doing, the local newspapers and the radio really help us tell the community about it.

He hopes people will use Kanopy, as well as the other digital resources available through the library.
Stephenson said we have Mango, an app that helps you learn new languages, as well as access to major Canadian dailies, a way to read newspaper articles online. During the pandemic, when people spent more time at home, the digital part of many libraries began to expand. I think there should be something for everyone at the library, and with this incredible financial support my staff and I are excited to tell the community about Kanopy!