Hamilton and Six Nations Public Libraries announce collaboration

Hamilton and Six Nations Public Libraries announce collaboration Hamilton and Six Nations Public Libraries announce collaboration https://www.sachem.ca/news-story/9631519-hamilton-and-six-nations-public-libraries-announce-collaboration/ “Feather Maracle, left and Paul Takala announced a partnership between Six Nations Library and Hamilton Public Library for reciprocal borrowing between communities. – Hamilton Public Library Six Nations Library houses the largest First Nations public library. They are collaborating with Hamilton’s library system to offer residents access to one another’s space, material and information. – Tara Lindemann/TorstarCanada’s largest First Nations library and one of the country’s largest library systems are partnering up. Six Nations Public Library and the Hamilton Public Library have announced a plan for reciprocal borrowing, which will allow residents from both communities free access to space, information and materials. It’s to the mutual benefit of both said Six Nations CEO and director of library services Feather Maracle, at the Oct. 2 announcement. “(It’s allowing) Six Nations community members increase access to Hamilton’s print and online resources and offering Hamilton residents an increased awareness of (our library) and its wealth of Six Nations and Indigenous-specific resources and material.” And those opportunities can be helpful to any library user. “My best friend is Mohawk,” said 10-year-old Danny Kaye, while sussing graphic novels at Hamilton Public Library’s central location. “I can borrow books to learn more about his culture and maybe even language.” Located in the heart of Ohsweken, Six Nations Public Library is an intimate space packed with books and resources and perfect nooks for anyone to sit and read. It also holds an impressive archive of historical resources and language materials. Hamilton Public Library has housed the colourful archives of... read more

rabble.ca is delighted to spread the word about an exciting new series, The Future of the Public Library, by Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow, Olivia Robinson.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1 – The Future of the Public Library rabble.ca is delighted to spread the word about an exciting new series, The Future of the Public Library, by Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow, Olivia Robinson. The series investigates how libraries across Canada are re-imagining these public spaces and are contributing in new and innovative ways to improve the social fabric of their communities. The series explores how despite cuts to their funding, libraries continue to make efforts in removing barriers to access and advancing inclusion, including striving for reconciliation and decolonization. The series, which examines Toronto, Edmonton, Kitchener/ Waterloo, and Calgary looks at how libraries are bridging social service gaps and providing space for marginalized and vulnerable patrons. “Fellowships like this are important because it allows you to expand on topics that aren’t otherwise covered in the media. The Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship gave me even more motivation to continue exploring and digging deeper bringing justice to those communities I was reporting on, giving voice to those who didn’t have a platform.” – Olivia Robinson Olivia Robinson, rabble.ca’s 2019 Journalism for Change fellow, is a graduate of Carleton University with a master’s in journalism, and was recently awarded the role of Joan Donaldson Scholar at CBC. “The Jack Layton Journalism for Change fellowship is vital to rabble’s mission in both advancing voices of social justice journalism in Canada and maintaining a space for developing a new generation of journalists, keen to speak truth to power.” – Matthew DiMera, rabble.ca Acting Editor The Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship supports emerging journalists who are... read more