Thunder Bay Public Library praised by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Thunder Bay Public Library praised by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Library has transformed itself from a place to borrow books to a place to heal, Elizabeth Dowdeswell wrote https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-library-lg-praise-1.5433704 “The lieutenant governor of Ontario has praised the Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) for its work in combating racism and colonialism in the city. Elizabeth Dowdeswell publishes Stories of Sustainability online, and Monday’s story singled out the library for recognition. “Fifty years ago, members of the Thunder Bay Public Library would have come to their local branch to read the latest periodicals, discover a new novel, or pore over old maps and newspaper clippings,” Elizabeth Dowdeswell wrote. “On a Friday in 2019, the people of Thunder Bay can walk into their public library and be seen by a nurse. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they can meet with a social worker. And on any day of the week, the public can access Indigenous Knowledge...

The Timmins Public Library is launching a new program aimed at encouraging children to develop an interest in books at a very early age

The Timmins Public Library is launching a new program aimed at encouraging children to develop an interest in books at a very early age. The program, aimed at children ages up to four years old, is named 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. New program aims to promote reading to pre-schoolers Timmins library among those across Canada launching 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten New program aims to promote reading to...

3rd Notice of 2020 FOPL Annual General Meeting

OPL MEMBERS: IMPORTANT ACTION: Attached is a copy of the agenda and the proxy form.  If you or your library’s representative is unable to attend the FOPL AGM at OLA Super Conference no Thursday Jan. 30 at 4 pm, please send us the proxy form by fax or scan and e-mail it.  Thank you.  We need these to assure quorum to complete important Federation business. FOPL_AGM_AGENDA_2020 2020_FOPL_PROXY 3rd Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto  (Room TBD) at the OLA Super Conference on Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. Registration opens – 3:30 p.m   PLEASE LOGIN TO THE MEMBERS SECTION TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD AGM DOCUMENTS http://fopl.ca/committeestask-forces/board-of-directors-2/ If you have issues accessing this, please contact Helen Morrison at admin@fopl.ca Attached is a copy of the agenda and the proxy form.  If you or your library’s representative is unable to attend the FOPL AGM please send us the proxy form by fax or scan and e-mail it.  Thank you.  We need these to assure quorum to complete important Federation business. Cheers, Stephen Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries sabram@fopl.ca FOPL: 416-395-0746 Blog: http://www.fopl.ca Twitter: @foplnews stephen.abram@gmail.com Cel: 416-669-4855 Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com Twitter:...

Note the New Funding for Broadband, Community Hubs and Museums: Province moving forward with new intake for Rural Economic Development program and three broadband pilots

From the Premier’s speech at ROMA yesterday. Note the new funding for “economic growth, such as restoring museums and heritage sites, setting up community hubs, and streetscaping“. News Release Building Rural Ontario Together January 20, 2020 Province moving forward with new intake for Rural Economic Development program and three broadband pilots As part of the government’s Plan to Build Ontario Together, Ontario is helping rural communities across the province attract investment, create jobs and boost economic development through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. Earlier today while speaking at the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) annual conference, Premier Doug Ford announced the province is now accepting applications for a new intake this year under the RED program. “Many rural communities are feeling left behind,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We need to make sure everyone, no matter where they live, can find a good job, grow a business, start a family, and build a better life for themselves. The RED program is one of the many ways that our government is helping to bring real benefits to more communities in rural Ontario.” Rural communities and regions, Indigenous communities and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and local service boards can all apply for the RED program starting today through February 24, 2020. As part of the program’s Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream, the province will cover up to 50% of the costs for eligible projects that help remove barriers to job creation and attract investment and skilled workers that will help regions grow. The Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream of the program enables the province to cover up to 30% of eligible minor capital...

2019 Annual Survey of Public Libraries is Open / l’Enquête annuelle sur les bibliothèques publiques 2019 est ouverte

Sent on behalf of Sarah Cossette / envoyé au nom de Sarah Cossette Dear Public Library and First Nation Public Library CEOs, The Annual Survey of Public Libraries Library Statistics (LibStats) database is now open for 2019 annual survey submission. CLICK HERE to Log-in to Go Secure to begin your Annual Survey. *Please note:The Final Deadline for submitting your Annual Survey of Public Libraries is May 31st, 2020. New this year… New Fields A few new fields have also been added to the Annual Survey, based on annual consultation and input from the library sector. For the 2019 Annual Survey you complete in 2020, you will see: A new E4.0 field for Facility Rentals and Bookings A new, E5.0 field for ‘Pop-up’ Libraries A new E6.0 field for Extended Services and Facilities A new H1.7.3 write-in field for Government Services Partnerships A new H1.9.3 write-in field for Business and Economic Sector Partnerships If a survey question or field is not applicable to your library, you can pass over the question. No need to await a municipality, board or Band audit **Please note: you do not need to have your municipal or board or First Nation Band audit to fill out the Annual Survey’s Financial section.  You can use your best available financial or pre-audit financial information. By clicking on ‘Help’ when you are in the LibStats/EDCS system, you can access the guides, definitions, and printable blank survey forms that will aid you in gathering your information prior to inputting your data. If you have forgotten your Password, please click “Forgot your ID or password?” on the login page. Please make use of the new attached...