Announcement: Rob Lavery joined the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries this week as the Cultural Consultant on the library portfolio.

Welcome back Rob!   “I am pleased to announce that Rob Lavery joined the ministry this week as the Cultural Consultant on the library portfolio. Rob will be familiar to many of you having spent almost two decades working at the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) as a Library Development Consultant. Rob can be reached by email at rob.lavery@ontario.ca or by phone 416-314-7154. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Rob to the ministry! Adam Haviaras remains your other contact here at the ministry to advise on the ASPL, library statistics, Public Library Service Awards and the PLA. Please note that Adam has a *NEW* phone number — 437-229-1267 Mima Casola and Diana Tudoran remain your contacts on the Public Library Operating Grant program in the Culture Grants Unit. Wishing everyone a wonderful long weekend, Sarah Cossette Manager (A), Libraries, Arts and Heritage Services Unit Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries 401 Bay St., Ste 1700 Toronto, ON   M7A 0A7...

Sample Municipal Resolution Supporting Provincial Public Library Funding

Sample Municipal Resolution Supporting Provincial Public Library Funding WHEREAS public libraries provide vibrant community hubs where residents of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to learn, work, train, innovate, explore, connect, and collaborate; and, WHEREAS the [Community] Public Library provides community members with equitable, reliable access to broadband internet; and, WHEREAS the [Community] Public Library uses technology to make resources more accessible and responsive to people’s changing needs; and, WHEREAS the [Community] Public Library support local economic development through the provision of important business development and job skills programming for adults and youth; and, WHEREAS the [Community] Public Library works closely with local residents to deliver valued programs and services and shares knowledge and resources; and, WHEREAS the [Community] Public Library continues to be a catalyst for residents and organizations to reach their potential by connecting them with the expertise and resources they need, and transforms information into knowledge that positively impacts their lives and their families; and, WHEREAS the [Community] Public Library continues to judiciously manage public resources with the utmost care and is committed to the sustainability of its services; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the [Community] encourages the Province of Ontario to recognize the contribution of local libraries within their communities;   that the [Community] encourages the Province of Ontario to maintain existing funding for Ontario’s public libraries,   that the [Community] encourages the Province of Ontario to make a new, ongoing, targeted annual investment to extend access to modern, cost-effective resources and services through their local public libraries to all Ontarians in accordance with the Ontario Library Association and Federation of Ontario Public Libraries &...

Freedom to Read Week will be celebrated in libraries across Canada from Feb. 23 to 29, 2020.

Freedom to Read Week will be celebrated in libraries across Canada from Feb. 23 to 29, 2020. This annual event is a reminder to our community, along with Canadians in general, to reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom which is guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Grande Prairie Public Library supports the Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ Position Statement on Intellectual Freedom which states that “all persons in Canada have the fundamental right, subject only to the Constitution and the law, to have access to the full range of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, and to express their thoughts publicly. Only the courts may abridge free expression rights in Canada.” GPPL column: Freedom to Read...

Four Niagara libraries eliminate late fees on children’s materials

Four Niagara libraries have eliminated overdue fines on children’s materials with the hope of encouraging more youngsters to access services. The Fort Erie, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Pelham Public Libraries’ boards of directors implemented the new policy in January to remove any barriers to accessing information for the libraries’ youngest patrons and their parents, explained Craig Shufelt, the chair of the Libraries in Niagara co-operative and chief executive officer of the Fort Erie Public Library. Four Niagara libraries eliminate late fees on children’s materials Fort Erie, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Pelham implemented new policy in January https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/9848624-four-niagara-libraries-eliminate-late-fees-on-children-s-materials/...

‘Heart of the community’: Cambridge proposes marriage between new library and recreation complex

If discussions go as planned, Cambridge residents will be able to exercise their minds, as well as their bodies at a new recreation complex. With Idea Exchange CEO Helen Kelly calling it “one-stop shopping for the community,” city council will look at a recommendation on Feb. 18 to move the design budget for the projected library in the southeast Galt lands to 2020 to allow for the integration of the Idea Exchange branch into the recreation complex. ‘Heart of the community’: Cambridge proposes marriage between new library and recreation complex Council to decide shifting new library design budget to 2020 to integrate with rec centre https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/9851844–heart-of-the-community-cambridge-proposes-marriage-between-new-library-and-recreation-complex/...