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Teck Centennial Library Children's Department Refresh

The Children’s Department at the Teck Centennial Library serves as a community hub. It connects children, youth, and families to information and connects children and youth to each other. It provides a safe haven for children and youth through after-school programming, such as help with homework, games, and book clubs. The library is committed to helping children and youth develop the skills needed to thrive in a global information society. The Children’s Department serves people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, and ability, and provides the full range of information resources needed to live and learn.

The Library plays a key role in early literacy from story time for tots to children independently exploring and discovering reading materials that stimulate their imagination and creativity.

Over the past 5 years, the number of individuals attending the Children’s Department has grown dramatically with no signs of slowing down as more and more programs are offered to meet demand. We are committed to a major refresh of the entire children’s department that will continue to meet the needs of our current community, as well as acting to entice young families to make Kirkland Lake their home.

Join our fundraising campaign by donating to this incredible project. With the help of donations from business and private citizens, the refresh will be a reality in the near future!


Shirley Scott
Board Chair


The overall aim is to increase the quality of the environment, programs, and services. The renovation will:

  • Enhance the physical environment of the Children’s Department
  • Ensure access, services, furnishings, and technology are accessible to persons with disabilities
  • Create greater functional space for programs and services
  • Highlight and increase accessibility of the children’s book collection
  • Add new, child-friendly technology and furnishings
  • Create a gathering and activity space for Young Adults

The full cost of this renovation will be covered by philanthropic donations and grants.


Floor Plan


Create Cubbies


Discover Entrance


Gather Loft


Young Adult    Perkins & Will logo

Teck Centennial Library Children's Department


Will this project cause my taxes to go up?
No – the total cost of this project has been obtained through donations and grants.

When will the renovation take place?
The renovation will  begin the first week in January and is expected to last approximately 3 months. 

Will the Children’s Department be closed during the renovation?
The physical location of the Children’s Department will be closed during the renovation period for approximately 3 months. Access to the most popular books/items in the children’s collection will be available in the Adult Department of the library. Access to the entire children’s collection will not be available during the renovation period.

Why are you renovating the Children’s Department? No one uses libraries anymore. Everything is on the Internet.
Our Children’s Department is heavily used by parents and children, from tots to teens. We have many programs such as “Mom’s and Tots”, the TD Summer Reading Program, and the After-School Program that are very popular and are relied upon by our community. In fact, since 2017, participation in children’s programming rose by 407% with 4509 participants. Not everyone can afford to own books and technology and not all of the children in Kirkland Lake have a safe, educational, and free place to go after school or during the summer. The Children’s Department serves a vital need for the community to:

  • Foster literacy through early reading
  • Provide a free, safe, and vibrant space for children to read, play and engage in programs
  • Develop children’s creativity through imagination, games, technology, and reading
  • Provide a place for children to develop a community outside of school.

The Children’s Department is in need of more space and more functional space that will increase by 40% as an outcome of this project, with the number of seats increasing by 236% from 22 to 74. There are so many improvements that can be made to leverage the wonderful programming and services that are already occurring that will meet the needs of the community, especially our children. We also hope that a revitalized Children’s Department will encourage families to relocate to Kirkland Lake.

Have you asked the community what they want and need?
Yes – during the early Fall 2022, the architects were in Kirkland Lake, meeting with parents and children, observing programming, and talking to library staff. Survey questions were posted in the library and on the TKL website, inviting the community for their input. This input was incorporated into the design.

Who is working on the project and what experience do they have?
A skilled team has worked together on the initial phase of the renovation and includes the architectural firm of Perkins and Will, Polestar Construction Management, the CEO of the Teck Centennial Library, staff of the Children’s Department, volunteers on the Library Board, a private donor with significant experience working with fundraising, library operations, and space design, and Municipal Staff who are contributing in the roles of Project Manager, Procurement, Risk Management, Communications and Finance.Kohut Electric is the general contractor leading the construction phase.


There are many ways to be a part of the Children's Library Refresh. Large or small, all contributions will help ensure the full vision is a reality. Donors will be listed on our website along with a tax-deductible receipt for any donation of $20 or greater.

To Donate

  • please visit Town Hall at 3 Kirkland Street W., or
  • mail a cheque to Town of Kirkland Lake, Postal Box 1757, Kirkland Lake, ON  P2N 3P4, or
  • via online banking. To utilize online banking, sign in to your online bill payments. The payee is Town of Kirkland Lake – Accounts Receivable (note –  financial institutions may modify the description to A/R or something similar). For the customer number enter LIBKL01. To ensure the donation is allocated to the Library project please follow up the donation with an email to [email protected] confirming that the donation is intended for the Children's Project - Teck Centennial Library. Your receipt will be emailed to you.

Please indicate the donation is for the Children's Project - Teck Centennial Library.

$100,000 and above

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
  • Mary Ann Mavrinac and Peter Van Schie

$50,000 to $99,999

  • Enabling Accessibility Fund - Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Frog’s Breath Foundation

$25,000 to $49,999

  • Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie Campaign
  • Perkins and Will Architects

$10,000 to $24,999

  • The O’Connor Family
  • Heath & Sherwood (1964) Limited and ConSep Pty. of Sydney Australia

$5,000 to $9,999

  • Mark Obradovich
  • Kirkland Lake Rotary Club
  • Sylvia and Lawrence Labelle
  • Onatamy Foods Limited

$1,000 to $4,999

  •  Shirley Scott
  • Stephen Aidelbaum and Tanis Fink
  • Patti Marshall
  • Kirkland Lake Legion Branch 87
  • Polestar CM Inc.
  • Irka Poplawetz
  • Patrick O’Connor
  • Sean O’Connor
  • Timothy O’Connor

$500 to $999

  • Juanita Richardson – In memory of Mrs. Mavis Smart
  • Robert Campbell
  • Friends of the Library
  • Michael O’Connor
  • Kathleen O’Connor

$20 to $499

  • Carolyn MacKinnon
  • Linda and Walter Zimmerman
  • Elizabeth Mantz
  • Melissa Orth
  • Dianne Merrell
  • Don Studholme
  • Joseph Lambert
  • Ashley Elliott
  • Mary Rozich
  • Gail Mullins
  • Amberly Spilman
  • Joan Butt
  • Connie Bougie
  • Maryann Klunder