#TDCommonGround Project Outdoor Library

This post is sponsored by the #TDCommonGround project by TD Bank.  This project has funded community growth through unique outdoor spaces across Canada.

Books have always been a big part of my life, so naturally that love carried over to my children.  We started reading bedtime stories to the kids from birth, giving them a love of books and being read to.  As a new mom, I was always researching different groups and programs to go to with my baby.  We started utilizing the library programming and the awesome play spaces they had.  This year is my sons first time being old enough to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club.  He is beyond excited to work towards his reading goals.

Luna enjoying the board books and toddler toys available outside at the Library.

On Tuesday, July 10th, my family and I were treated to a tour of the new #TDCommonGround space at the Dartmouth North Public Library.  Our tour, with the branch manager, showcased the community spirit of Dartmouth North.  From the manager mentioning that he had built much of the patio furniture, to the librarians cheerfully bringing out pitchers of iced tea to share with everyone in the area, we could sense how proud they all were of their workplace and the community.   We felt so welcomed and really enjoyed our time.  The new renovation truly exemplified the strategic plan of Halifax Public Libraries main focus: community.
Both kids and Dad playing checkers on the patio. There are also chess pieces in the baskets on the table.

Reading the book “Gossie” to Luna on the patio edge while brother played on the playground.
The renovation has made it one of the most intriguing libraries I have ever been to.  They have found a way to bring the inside of the library to the greater community through the new interactive patio space and natural style playground.  One entire wall of the library is windows, that when thrown opened, invites community members of all ages to come in and see what the library has to offer.  The patio space is nicely shaded, making it the perfect place to sit and watch the kids play or take in a good book.  The new playground is inviting for all ages.  The climbing structure and slide can be used by anyone and the natural wood see-saw, balance beam and hiding tunnel inspires imaginative play, which I love.   There really is something for people of all ages in this space.

The kids trying out the train tables that are located next to the extra large doorway space at the library.

Luna enjoying the small activity cube on the patio. One of her favorite toys.

Halifax Public Libraries continues to revolutionize what a library can be.  Partnering with TD Bank and the City of Halifax,  this newly renovated space has brought a new light to Dartmouth North and a beautiful community hub to bring people together.

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