Ontario Parks – Day-Use Permit Lending Program

A message from Ontario Parks: Ontario Parks is pleased to invite you to take part in our day use permit lending program. Last year we successfully expanded this initiative to more than 200 public libraries across Ontario. We are now accepting first-time applications and renewals for the 2022 season. We would like to thank all participating libraries for making this program a great success to date. In 2022, we will continue to supply all participating libraries with 3 commercial day use permits per participating branch at no cost. Library patrons will be able to borrow a park permit from your library, providing access for one vehicle and its occupants to more than 100 provincial parks in Ontario. Please note: all applications to participate or renew must be submitted by November 15, 2021 For libraries new to the program: To request day use permits for your library system, please fill out the short application at OntarioParks.com/library by November 15, 2021 Please coordinate internally and submit one application per library system on behalf of all branches who will be participating Please review and accept the terms and conditions provided on the application website prior submitting the form Ontario Parks will confirm your application via email and mail the permits in November 2021 to a single contact per library system. It will be the responsibility of each participating library to distribute permits to participating branches within your system. The lending of permits can begin starting January 1, 2022. These permits will remain valid until December 31, 2022. For libraries who participated in 2021: Please keep your 2021 permits as they are valid... read more

Message from CFLA regarding the Challenges Survey

This is a reminder to report challenges to library materials or programs to the CFLA-FCAB Challenge Survey found here.  Libraries are encouraged to enter unreported challenges from both earlier years and the present year.  The purpose of the survey is to gather data about the nature and outcomes of challenges to intellectual freedom initiated in publicly funded Canadian libraries (e.g., public, school, post-secondary, and government). Please submit one form per challenge incident.  Your responses will help inform the CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee to develop policy and advocacy work on behalf of the membership and the Canadian public. Equally important, they allow libraries to be aware of trends in their local jurisdictions, provincially and nationally in regard to what specific titles and, more broadly, topics are being challenged. Results are shared with the Book and Periodical Council [of Canada] and the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. An anonymized version of annual challenges data will be available on the CFLA-FCAB website. If you have questions about the survey, feel free to contact the chair of the CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee at... read more