The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has received a historic $5-million donation from the Dilawri Foundation.
The donation allows the library to implement the second phase of its revitalization plan for Vancouver Central Library, which includes additional activity space for the children’s library, a new literacy playground and the addition of new sensory learning elements for children, including those with developmental disabilities.
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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Roberston was on hand for the announcement of the donation, believed to be the largest to a public library in Canada.
“Every child in Vancouver should be able to enjoy a rich and rewarding learning experience with their families and caregivers at their public library, regardless of age, ability, language or cultural background,” Robertson said.
Robertson went on to say the two plazas outside Central Library will be named Dilawri Square.
VPL recently unveiled a planned rooftop space as part a series of upgrades that include community-gathering spaces, meeting rooms for rent, a reading room, exhibition spaces and an 80-seat theatre.
Construction for Phase 2 of the expansion begins in 2020.