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... read more

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/... read more