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Professional Resource Library

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Professional Resource Library for Durham's early learning and child care community, and we want you to help spread the word!

The Professional Resource Library was created to support the transitions that have taken place in early learning. The Ministry of Education provided funding to build capacity within the early learning and child care sector. In Durham, this 'capacity building' funding has been used to support continuous professional learning in many ways. In recent months, the idea of creating a professional lending and learning library was brought to the forefront. Since that time, the Children's Services Early Learning Team has been hard at work designing a space for you—Durham's early learning professionals. This space will offer a place to network, share ideas, and access materials and resources that will support the work you do with young children.

Resources Offered

Currently, the library offers a limited number of books, DVD training materials, laminators, printing services, die cutter, button maker, and a book binder, as well as space for community members to hold small meetings or training sessions. We also have Ministry resource materials and local agency information available, most of which will be provided for members to keep if needed.

During 2016, we will be working to ensure the library evolves to meet the needs of the community it was intended to support—YOU! We will be asking for your input, feedback and recommendations in the months to come. Future considerations for the library include hours of operation; ideas for curriculum kits, books and training materials; and dies for the cutter. Please feel free to let us know what you're looking for with regards to those items, or share any new ideas you may have for the library.

Membership

Membership to the Professional Resource Library is free. To become a member, you will be required to provide contact information so we can track the location of resource materials that are borrowed or accessed. Memberships are available to individuals only, and you are responsible for the items you borrow.

Hours

The library is now open during set drop-in hours and by appointment.

Drop-in:

View our Drop-in hours (PDF) for November and December

Please check back as dates or times may change:

For more information about the drop in hours please contact Janine Keith by phone at (905)668-4113 x 2755 or email Janine.keith@durham.ca

By Appointment

Appointments are available for daytime hours and may be available on short notice. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate unscheduled visits outside of drop-in hours so please be sure to contact us before you come out. To book an appointment please contact:

Michelle Phillips
by phone at (905)668-4113 x 2544
or email michelle.phillips@durham.ca