Students Beautify Vellore Village South Library Hoarding Fence

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Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) extends a special thank-you to Mr. John Senisi, an art teacher at the St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School, and his grade 9 and 10 art classes who created a public art collage on the hoarding fence of the current construction site of the new Vellore Village South Library.

Using wall paint and sharpies, each Grade 9 student was responsible for one colour in the collage using rough circle shapes with the allowance for some drips and such. The students then worked with their circles using the sharpies and created whimsical detail images. Students from the Grade 10 class created lettering to spell out Vaughan Public Libraries in the middle of the piece. The concept is based on works by HENSE and Ed Emberley.

Students painting VVSL hoarding fence

Students from St. St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School painting the hoarding fence at the new Vellore Village South Library.

Student painting hoarding fence

Styling the hoarding fence with dots.

East and north views of the painted hoarding fence

East and north views of the artwork project on library’s hoarding fence.

Colour now framing the construction. Thank you students!

Colour now framing the construction. Thank you students!

Groundbreaking of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Library

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Exciting times continue at Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL). On June 20, 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the PwC-YMCA Tower, which includes a new library!!

City of Vaughan Mayor and Members of Council

Left to Right: Alan Shefman, Ward 5 Councillor; Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO, YMCA; Marilyn Iafrate, Ward 1 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee;  Gino Rosati, Regional Councillor; Mario Ferri, Deputy Mayor, Regional Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Devender Sandhu, VPL Board Chair; Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; Mitchell Goldhar, Chairman of the SmartREIT Board; Steven Del Duca,  Vaughan MPP and Minister of Transportation; Rajendra Kothari, Vice-Chair, PwC Canada; and Sandra Yeung Racco, Ward 4 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee.

Four speakers at VMC

Four of the speakers at the groundbreaking: Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; Mitchell Goldhar, Chairman of the SmartREIT Board; Steven Del Duca,  Vaughan MPP and Minister of Transportation; and Devender Sandhu, VPL Board Chair.

The 236,00 sq. ft. PwC-YMCA Tower is part of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) development project. In this five-minute video, various stakeholders including Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua discuss the vision of the urban centre.

The VMC library will be approximately 10,000 sq. ft. located on the PwC-YMCA Tower’s second floor. It is expected to open in winter 2019. A 350 sq. ft. self-service, storefront library will also be located at street level by the main entrance which will be open to you 24/7 with your library card!

PwC-YMCA building

The PwC-YMCA building where the new library will be located on the second floor. A self=service, storefront library will also be available by the first floor main entrance.

To discover more details about VMC, the City of Vaughan has launched a microsite, There is also a 3D map where you can explore the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre from street level.

Stay tuned for more updates!


Vellore Village South Library Update: June 29

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Despite the rain, construction of the Vellore Village South Library steadily continues.
Check out some quick photo updates below.

West side foundations and columns

View of foundations and structural columns along the west side of the building.

Work on underground plumbing

Work on underground plumbing in public and staff areas.

Backfilling and compaction

Backfilling and compaction work in progress.

Work on exterior wall facing Weston Road.



Digging down to build up!

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Progress continues on the new Vellore Village South Library!

Excavation has been ongoing in preparation for the formwork of the foundation wall along the eastern side of the Vellore Village Community Centre facing the Skate Park.

View looking at the excavation area

View looking at the excavation area.

View looking East along exiting building. The stairs are now completely demolished.

View looking east along the exiting building. The stairs are now completely demolished.

View looking North East showing soil from excavation.

View looking northeast showing the soil from the excavation.

View looking North adjacent to hoarding near site trailer.

View looking north adjacent to the hoarding fence near the site trailer.








Meet our Vellore Village South Library Construction Project Team

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Construction steadily continues on the new Vellore Village South Library. Staff from Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL), City of Vaughan and ZAS Architects meet on a regular basis to ensure all actions are staying on the appropriate timeline.

Meet our project team:

Vellore Village South Library project team

VVSL Project Team: Margie Singleton (CEO, VPL), Paul Marcoccia (Project Manager Design & Construction – City of Vaughan), Aleksandra Dowiat Vine, VPL Director of Growth & Communication, Del Cordeiro (ZAS + Architects)


Inside hoarded area

View from inside hoarded site next to temporary entrance.


Site view facing north after excavation began

Site view facing north after excavation has begun

Excavation of stairs to skating park completed

Excavation of stairs to skating park completed.

Temporary entrance during construction

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On the north side of Vellore Village Community Centre, a new sign is up to show the temporary entrance during the construction of the Vellore Village South Library.

Temporary Entrance sign



Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Vellore Village Library

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Jasper Construction Corporation has been selected to build Vaughan Public Libraries’ tenth library. The 8,300 square foot library will be located at 1 Villa Royale Avenue connected to the Vellore Village Community Centre. The Vaughan Public Library Board, Mayor and Members of Council attended a November 12 groundbreaking ceremony for the new library which is designed by ZAS Architects and anticipated to open in late 2017.

“This is another great moment for Vaughan Public Libraries and the residents of Vaughan. We are very pleased Jasper Construction Corporation will help us make this new library a reality.” said Devender Sandhu, Chair of Vaughan Public Library Board. “Like VPL’s other nine branches, Vellore Village South Library will positively enrich, inspire and transform our community.”

“When designing the new library, we made sure to minimize its physical impact on the existing building and amenities, including the skate park.” said Margie Singleton, CEO, Vaughan Public Libraries. “We again adopted a collaborative design approach by incorporating suggestions from the public gathered from surveys and focus groups to ensure the library meets the needs of our community.”

The site will house an inspiring facility that will respond to VPL’s mission of offering a welcoming destination that educates, excites and empowers the Vaughan community. The new library will be attached to the existing community centre and will be approximately 8,300 sq. ft. in size being visually distinctive, yet complementary and a modern addition to a much larger building development.

Other highlights of the building are:

  • High performance envelope and white roof to reduce environmental heat gain and heat loss
  • Use of predominantly local materials to reduce carbon footprint
  • Natural ventilation strategy and daylight harvesting to reduce the hvac and lighting energy load
  • Large east-facing reading balcony that overlooks the skate park

Proposed services & collections that will be offered at the new library include:

  • Full suite of programs including storytimes, book clubs, technology training
  • Materials for adults, youth and children on a wide variety of subjects, including popular and  high demand materials and support for the school curriculum
  • Technology such as word processing and presentation software
  • Collaboration spaces for group study
  • Storytime area that is part of the children’s area and invites participation

In addition, the library is designed to be a green building which complies with the City of Vaughan’s Green Building Policy. It will also be an accessible facility that offers accessible shelving and technologies to accommodate individuals with special needs. 

VVSL Groundbreaking Ceremony November 12

Front row (L to R): VPL Board Trustees Manjit Kaur, Rose Savage (Vice-Chair) and Devender Sandhu (Chair); Daniel Kostopoulos, Vaughan City Manager; Michael Di Biase, Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor; Loreta Pavese, VPL Board Trustee; Sandra Yeung Racco, Ward 4 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; Rosanna DeFrancesca, Ward 3 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Marilyn Iafrate, Ward 1 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Mario Ferri, Regional Councillor & VPL Board Trustee; Gino Rosati, Regional Councillor; VPL Board Trustees Maya Goldenberg and Cristina Rizzuto. Back row (left to right): John Appugliesi, President & CEO of Jasper Construction; VPL Board Trustees Jane Kelly, Palma Pallante, and Ugo Di Federico; Margie Singleton (VPL CEO); Steve Kerwin, VPL Board Trustee, and Paul Stevens, Senior Principal at ZAS Architects + Interiors


Councillor DeFrancesca and Mayor Bevilacqua

Ward 3 Councillor & VPL Board Trustee, Rosanna DeFrancesca and Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua


Vellore Village South Library Groundbreaking with Speakers

Left to right: John Appugliesi, President & CEO of Jasper Construction; Devender Sandhu, VPL Library Board Chair; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; Margie Singleton, VPL CEO; Rosanna DeFrancesca, Ward 3 Councillor and Library Board Trustee; Paul Stevens, Senior Principal of ZAS Architects + Interiors


VVSL group

L to R: John Appugliesi and Joseph Zinni of Jasper Construction; Ella Mamiche, ZAS Architects + Interiors; Paul Marcoccia and Wei Chiao from the City of Vaughan; Margie Singleton, VPL CEO; Aleksandra Dowiat Vine (VPL); Del Cordeiro and Paul Stevens of ZAS Architects + Interiors


VPL Executive Management team

VPL Executive Management Team (left to right): Aleksandra Dowiat Vine, Sandy Vander Werff, Margie Singleton, VPL CEO; Marilyn Guy and Lisa McDonough


Kleinburg Library celebrates 50 years with RetroFest!

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Vaughan Public Libraries celebrated Kleinburg Library‘s 50th birthday on Saturday, November 5 with the Kleinburg RetroFest, a 60s-inspired afternoon complete with music, festive fall food & drink, hula hoops, karaoke, retro contests and more!

From left to right: Deb Schulte, MP for King-Vaughan; Sougata Mallik (VPL); Regional Councillor & Library Board Trustee, Mario Ferri; Library Board Trustee, Steve Kerwin; VPL CEO, Margie Singleton; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; Aleksandra Dowiat Vine (VPL); Vaughan Public Library Board Chair, Devender Sandhu; Ruthanne Price (VPL); Lisa McDonough (VPL); Sandy VanderWerff (VPL); Jennifer Stephen (VPL); Vincent Sacchetti (VPL); Rosa Convertini (VPL); Frances Richardson (VPL) and Andrea Wesson (VPL).

Thanks to everyone who joined us!


September 10, 2016: Grand Opening Celebration of the Civic Centre Resource Library!

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Join us on Saturday, September 10 for Vaughan Public Libraries’ (VPL) Grand Opening Celebration of its ninth location, the Civic Centre Resource Library. The official ceremony and ribbon cutting begins at 11 a.m. at 2191 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan.
Grand Opening Celebration September 10, 2016A fun-filled day is planned including appearances by Kids’ CBC Patty & Bookaboo, Franklin the Turtle and Scaredy Squirrel, demos in the library’s new digital media lab (includes a recording studio and green room), live entertainment, free refreshments, booktalks, giveaways and prizes, including the Grand Prize–a chance to win tickets to MATILDA THE MUSICAL at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre. Click here for a schedule of events.

Special thanks goes to our Grand Opening Celebration sponsors: Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd., Colliers Project Leaders, Umanii, Seara Bakery, Toetera Fine Foods, Monte Carlo Inns and COBS Bread. Music throughout the day generously provided by The Replacements.

“Trees” and flowers have been planted at the Civic Centre Resource Library

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Beautifully carved trees have been placed in the Children’s area of the library.
Trees in the Children's area of the libraryPhrases such as “Read” and “Row, row, row your boat” can be found imprinted on the trunks. You and your children can delight in the artistry while choosing which books to take home with you.

Children are enjoying the trees inside the children's sectionIf you are a fan of the hot summer weather, grab a book, smell the flowers, and relax outside on our second-story patio. There is a chair with your name on it!


While you’re here, check out the rest of the library!

Panorama of inside of library

Long green table inside of library

Conference/study rooms