A movable tiny library with community space: At present there is no library in Ward 2. There is the Grand River Stanley Park branch on 175 Indian Road, but that requires at least bus trip for many of Ward 2 constituents. This has been a barrier for me and my family. We would go to the library more often if we had one that was more accessible. The mission statement for the Kitchener Public Library is: “We welcome our community to engaging spaces where people connect, ideas flourish, and lives are transformed.” I fully believe in this mission and I want my Ward to be included in this community engagement. We pay taxes to have library access, but our access is not the same. As we continue to grow as a city, I want that growth to be smart. I commend the city for expanding its parks and green spaces to keep up with growing population. This is what I want for my Ward; to be included. One’s ability to participate in the community should not depend on one’s relative family income. I had the pleasure of experiencing the mobile library bicycle at the Cherry Park Festival this summer. While I love everything about it, it is particularly suited for the mild weather. Other delivery outreach options can help serve some areas, but I think that having a space to gather matters and that access to that space should be equalized wherever possible. I think we also agree that libraries are so much more than books. More than books and more than space, we also need some technical equipment so our kids can compete in the market, let’s not create ghettos where some kids don’t have access to new technology. Having an actual library space will offer us place making and educational opportunities where our community can grow along with the city. I would like to see library space in the southern end of Ward 2, not to take anything from away from Stanley Park, but to broaden the access range of the current programs through partnership. Libraries also foster leadership. I’m certain that there are some eager Ward 2 volunteers who would grow in that library partnership. I happen to also love tiny homes. If there is not already an existing space, perhaps there is a way for us to get a portable, such as those sometimes used as school add-ons, to serve the purpose. That way, we can move it if our community grows in a direction where it serves them to be placed elsewhere. I’m an out of the box thinker; let’s try thinking outside of the (building) box on this one.