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Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Boards - 2000's

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Colour Photograph of the Ajax Public Library's 60th Anniversary Memory Board - 2000's
2000s A New Millenium

In 2000, 15% of Canadian households has at least 1 internet user. E-mail was the new mode of communication and by 2006, social media sites such as Facebook took over. Video Game systems became the toy of choice with Wii redefining interactivity when introduced in 2006. In the kitchen eating local, organic, whole-grain, gluten-free and lactose-free all became the “buzz” words. Popular ingredients: quinoa, goat cheese and extra virgin olive oil.

Historical Highlights

-November 16, 2001 was the official groundbreaking for the new Main Branch Library. One year and two months later it officially opened on January 24, 2003.
-In spring of 2006 a vandal set fire to the Village Branch via the drop box. The branch was closed for repairs and remodeling. Reopening celebrations were held on October 28, 2006.
-In 2009 Donna Bright became the new Chief Librarian when Geoff Nie retired.
-eBook collection (including downloadable print and audiobooks) was launched with addition of Overdrive eBooks

On the Silver Screen:

The Gladiator, Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings, Finding Nemo

Bestseller & Canadian Literature

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson
Above and Beyond by Sandra Brown
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright

CDs (written on CD cases)

Small Miracles by Blue Rodeo
Silver Side Up by Nickleback
Let’s Go by Avril Lavigne
You Forgot It in People by Broken Social Scene

What’s Cooking in 2002?

Chicken Fajitas with Fresh Salsa
2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, diced
½ sweet pepper, diced
½ cup shredded Canadian Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
½ avocado, diced
½ jalapeno pepper, minced
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, sliced
1lb boneless, skinless chicken, cut into thin strips
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 ½ tsp dried oregano
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
4-6 large whole wheat flour tortillas, warmed
Torn lettuce leaves


1.Photo of Mayor Parish with Val Marshall along with Friends of the Library Logo
Caption: The Friends celebrate their 10th Anniversary
2.Photo of Painting the Where it’s @ your library logo in the designated Teen area of the Main Branch
Caption: Where it’s @ Teens designate their special space within the Main Branch Library
3.Photo of person demonstrating the new CCTV scanner to a customer
Caption: A CCTV scanner is installed in 2005 to assist individuals with limited sight.
4.Collage of images of the new Main Branch. Exterior photo of the peak area at night, photo of circulation desk, photo of entry taken from the second floor, photo of 2 people and the cake celebrating the official Main Branch opening “Ajax Public Library Main Branch official opening January 24, 2003”.
Caption: The New Main Branch Library is a showcase for the new millennium!
5.Photo collage of the Village Branch exterior and the damage to the interior from the fire
Caption: A drop-box fire ravages the Village Branch in May, but thanks to quick action by local firefighters it reopens in October 2006.
Date of Original:
Date Of Event:
October 2012
Personal Name(s):
Parish, Mayor Steve Marshall, Valerie Longfield, Judy MP Ecker, Janet MPP
Corporate Name(s):
Ajax Public Library
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.85012 Longitude: -79.03288
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Ajax Public Library
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Ajax Public Library
Ajax Public Library
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55 Harwood Avenue S.
Ajax, Ontario
L1S 2H8

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Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Boards - 2000's

Colour Photograph of the Ajax Public Library's 60th Anniversary Memory Board - 2000's