Best KFPL Branch

Kingston Frontenac Public Library, KFPL, Kingston, OntarioGrowing up in a small town, I have to admit that my local library bordered on being pathetic, with rampant mice problems, poorly populated stacks, inconsistent hours of operation and an abundance of seedy R.L. Stine novels. It made up for these shortcomings thanks to the tremendous efforts of the volunteer staff, who truly made our library welcoming and maximized what little resources they had. Now, it might surprise you to learn that I spent a great deal of my formidable years at the local library, which was before the advent of Wikipedia, Google and the like. That is to say, I visited the library to read bound literature, as opposed to surf the net for the latest memes. While the dawn of the Internet has drastically changed how we consume media, libraries have arguably kept up. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:

Which KFPL Branch is the best?

  • Central Branch (41%, 72 Votes)
  • Calvin Park Branch (28%, 49 Votes)
  • Isabel Turner Branch (18%, 32 Votes)
  • Pittsburgh Branch (10%, 17 Votes)
  • Kingscourt Branch (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 176

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The Kingston Frontenac Public Library system offers more than just books and a place to surf the net, as they have a tremendous selection of movies, music, magazines as well as audiobooks and e-books. While you might not think to look to KFPL for new releases and classic movies, with the recent nation-wide closure of Blockbuster, the related holdings at our library branches are likely in greater demand. Getting back to the question of the week, what makes the ideal public library? Is it the location, staff, building or some other variable you hold near and dear? Please show some love for your favourite KFPL branch, by dropping off a comment or two below.

Thanks to thejester100 for today’s photo.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

4 thoughts on “Best KFPL Branch

  • This poll certainly brightened up a dreary Monday for me. Thanks for the library love, Kingstonist. Looking forward to not only seeing which branch your readers choose, but also the reasons behind their choice.

  • 22 out of 117,207 people in kingston voted?
    Clearly we have a mandate from the people to form a majority goverment!

  • easy answer… the one I live closest to .. also the Wilson room is often host to some interesting art exhibits…. let's all hear it for the Central Branch.

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