Library Commons official opening

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Library Commons sculpture

Peterborough, ON – Library Commons, the new downtown public space located at the southwest corner of Simcoe and Aylmer streets, was officially opened on September 5, 2019.

The public gathering space, which was named Library Commons through a community vote, features benches, plantings and a public art sculpture.

“Library Commons provides a welcoming space for the community to enjoy,” said Jennifer Jones, CEO of the Peterborough Public Library. “It’s a great place sit and visit with a friend or relax with a book. Library staff are excited to use the space to offer events and programming.”

Entitled “Your Story,” the public art sculpture by artist/architect Patrick Li is the latest project from the City of Peterborough Public Art Program. Li designed the sculpture to evoke a book cover twisting in the wind and create a sense of movement that makes the sculpture feel alive.

“It is gratifying to see Library Commons completed,” said Bill Lockington, partner of LLF Lawyers. “It is unique in many respects. It will be a pleasing gathering place, contributes a wonderful outdoor artistic sensibility to our Library and recognizes the significance of the site. Our partners, associates and staff are pleased to be associated with the project and the enhancement it provides to our neighbourhood.”

“Library Commons has transformed the corner of Simcoe and Aylmer streets,” said Scott Elliott, the City’s Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator. ““This project is an excellent example of the positive impact sponsorship has in a community. LLF Lawyer’s sponsorship of Library Commons and the development of the public art helps to make this space so special.”


For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Wendy Trusler
Public Art Facilitator
Community Services Department
City of Peterborough
210 Wolfe Street
Peterborough, ON K9J 2K7
705-742-7777 ext. 1445

Scott Elliott
Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator
City of Peterborough
500 George Street North
Peterborough, ON K9H 3R9
Phone: 705-742-7777, Ext 1879