Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

2018 Public Library Service Awards Winners

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence

Small Library Category

Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library for: Bkejwanong Library Loves Literacy

Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library

Bkejwanong Library respects the community it serves, consistently promotes literacy in all its many guises – storytelling, plays, music, history/genealogy, writing, reading – supporting life-long learning beginning at 0+ months, continuing through school-age children and youth to community Elders. Literacy is highly correlated with academic success; hence, all children’s programs involve high-interest books with activities which extend learning. Adult programs focus on Genealogy/History/Language and quilting, while Family programming involves movie nights and music. Networking and partnerships [schools, community departments, colleges] are critical.

Medium Library Category

Orillia Public Library for: Remembrance Day Interactive Exhibit

Orillia Public Library

For the past five years the Orillia Public Library has partnered with local collectors and museums to host the Remembrance Day Interactive Exhibit. Through an interactive animated exhibit, featuring artifacts, biographical portraits, and costumed interpreters, students from elementary through high school learn about the individual contributions citizens of Orillia, surrounding townships and the members of the indigenous community made in the past wars and military conflicts from World War 1 to present day conflicts.

Large Library Category

Vaughan Public Libraries for: Customer Experience Model

Vaughan Public Libraries

The Customer Experience Model embraces the best practices of customer service into one framework that empowers staff to take customer service to the next level. The model includes 6 key service concepts: Hospitality, Customer Service, Frontline Advocacy, Customer Empowerment, Merchandising, and WOW Moments. In 2017, more than 200 staff were recognized for creating and capturing WOW Moments across VPL.

Minister’s Award for Innovation

Small Library Category

Arnprior Public Library for: Music of Your Life (Music and Memory Program)

Arnprior Public Library

o The Arnprior Public Library launched one of the first Music and Memory Programs in Canada connecting a public library to residents of a local nursing home. “The Music of Your Life” project is an ambitious effort launched in June 2016. It involved not only community awareness and fundraising but also volunteer support to become a dynamic, full circle, intergenerational community effort. In the past two years, personalized play lists – as individual as each recipient – have brought joy to countless seniors living at home and in care facilities.

Medium Library Category

Pickering Public Library for: Pickering Public Library Connect

Pickering Public Library

Pickering Public Library Connect had a significant impact on the perception of the public library as an essential partner in bridging the digital divide in the community by providing equitable and convenient access to internet resources and training and ensuring that all members of the community are able to effectively participate in a 21st century economy.

Large Library Category

Simcoe County Public Library for: Simcoe County Libraries Immigrant Hub

Simcoe County Public Library

The Simcoe County Libraries Immigrant Hub Project is an innovative project designed to strengthen the capacity of libraries to create vibrant, diverse and welcoming communities. It’s a timely project, responsive to the rapidly changing demographics and cultural, educational, social and economic needs of immigrants. Its objectives include staff training, multilingual collection development, program provision and cultivation of significant sustainable partnerships. The project’s strength is its ability to be replicated elsewhere. Its accomplishments include the reduction of immigrant isolation and increased inclusivity, acceptance and understanding of immigrants in the communities.

Previous winners

Public Library Service Awards Winners

Previous Winners

2017

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence — Small Libraries Category

Rideau Lakes Public Library — MAPsack

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence — Medium Libraries Category

Clarington Public Library — Winter WonderLearn

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence — Large Libraries Category

Waterloo Public Library — Explore Play Learn @ WPL

Minister’s Award for Innovation — Small Libraries Category

Fort Frances Public Library — Rainy River District Library Cooperative

Minister’s Award for Innovation Medium — Libraries Category

Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Library — Library Express – Alternative Service Delivery Depots

Minister’s Award for Innovation Large — Libraries Category

Ottawa Public Library — A la Carte Food Literacy Project

2016

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence — Small Libraries Category (TIED)

Carleton Place Public Library — Carleton Place Writes

Hastings Highlands Public Library — Crazy for Community Hubs!

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence — Medium Libraries Category

Caledon Public Library — Click-Create-Celebrate Initiative

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence — Large Libraries Category

Burlington Public Library — Community-Led Youth Service Model

Minister’s Award for Innovation — Small Libraries Category

Brighton Public Library — Tech Help One on One

Minister’s Award for Innovation Medium — Libraries Category

Halton Hills Public Library — Naturally Sustainable Cards Project

Minister’s Award for Innovation Large — Libraries Category

Vaughan Public Libraries — Vaughan Poetry Map

2015

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Small Libraries Category

Whitestone Hagerman Memorial Public Library– iLearn

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Medium Libraries Category

Huntsville Public Library– Sustainability @HPL

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Large Libraries Category (TIED)

Kingston Frontenac Public Library — King Con

Brampton Public Library — Welcoming Newcomers for Settlement Success

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small Libraries Category

Cochrane Public Library — The Next Chapter

Minister’s Award for Innovation Medium Libraries Category

Innisfil Public Library — Ready, Set, Action! Green Screening with Do Ink

Minister’s Award for Innovation Large Libraries Category

Markham Public Library — Markham Public Library Customer Service Revolution

2014

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Small Libraries Category

Perth and District Union Public Library– Perth Union Library Summer Literacy Program

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Large Libraries Category

Vaughan Public Library — Digital Outreach Strategy

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small Libraries Category

Township of Ramara Public Library — Simcoe County Libraries for Accessibility

Minister’s Award for Innovation Medium Libraries Category

Sault Ste. Marie Public Library — Searchmont Polar Express

Minister’s Award for Innovation Large Libraries Category

Toronto Public Library — Toronto in Literature: Map of Book Lists by Neighborhood

2013

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Small Libraries Category

Marathon Public Library — Summer Literacy

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Large Libraries Category

Essex County Library — Virtual Public Services – Bridging the Digital Divide

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small Libraries Category

Hanover Public Library — English as a Second Language Café

Minister’s Award for InnovationLarge Libraries Category

Toronto Public Library — Let’s Get Ready for Reading – A fun and easy guide to help kids become readers

2012

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Small library Category

Hanover Public Library — Computer Buddies

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence Large library Category

Haliburton Public Library — Celebrity Readers of Haliburton County

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small library Category

Hastings Highlands Public Library — Sense of Place

Minister’s Award for Innovation Large library Category

Brantford Public Library — The Choices Project

2011

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence

Burlington Public Library for:  I’ll Show You How

Minister’s Award for Innovation

Elgin County Public Library for: Check It In Check It Out: A Radio Show for Kids

2010

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small Public Libraries Category

Leeds and the Thousand Islands Public Library

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small Public Libraries Category

Pickering Public Library

Angus Mowat Award Small library Category

WhitestoneHagerman Memorial Public Library

Angus Mowat Award Small library Category

Huntsville Public Library

2009

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small Public Libraries Category

Englehart Public Library

Angus Mowat Award Small library Category

Caledon Public Library

Minister’s Award for Innovation Large library Category

Markham Public Library

2008

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small Public Libraries Category

Russell Township Public Library

Angus Mowat Award Small library Category

Manitouwadge Public Library

Minister’s Award for Innovation Large library Category

Toronto Public Library

Angus Mowat Award Large library Category

Burlington Public Library

Kitchener Public Library

2007

Minister’s Award for Innovation Small Public Libraries Category

Brock Public Library

Angus Mowat Award Small library Category

Seguin Public Library

Minister’s Award for Innovation Large library Category

London Public Library

Angus Mowat Award Large library Category

Port Hope Public Library