The Canadian Library Association kicked off Canadian Library Month on Tuesday. Throughout the month of October, libraries across the country will host events to raise awareness about the importance of libraries in the nation’s communities.
According to a press release from the CLA, the theme for 2011, Your Library: A Place Unbound, strengthens this message by pointing to libraries as hubs of information and personal connection in the midst of a quickly evolving world. From coast to coast to coast, libraries are without boundaries, places of endless opportunity where Canadians have an equal right to access resources, says CLA president Karen Adams in the media release.
Within the span of a few months, Canadian libraries have faced threats from municipal funding cuts, union strikes, devastating fires, and natural disasters — to name but a few challenges. It’s nice, then, to have some positive library-related news to report.
And in case a month of library celebrations isn’t uplifting enough, here’s a quick round up of other library-friendly news:
- The Nova Scotia Library Association names Tracey Jones-Grant winner of the 2011 Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership, and Rachel Crosby winner of the 2011 Emile Theriault Library and Information Technology Award for support staff
- Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries celebrates 75 years on Oct. 28
- Toronto Public Library’s Arthur Conan Doyle Room is getting a face lift
- Vancouver Public Library may have closed its Riley Park Branch last month, but Vancouver City Council has approved an increase in VPL funding for the brand new Terry Salman Branch
Happy Canadian Libraries Month!