Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

August 05, 2008 15:20 ET

Library and Archives Canada and the TD Summer Reading Club Announce Winners of a New Award for Libraries Across Canada

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2008) - Library and Archives Canada and the TD Summer Reading Club are pleased to announce the winners of a new award to recognize Canadian libraries that participate in the TD Summer reading Club and have made a special effort to promote reading and literacy among young people.

Called the TD Summer Reading Club Library Award, the English and French award celebrates Canadian libraries that have reached out and found ways to engage young people in the TD Summer Reading Club, and devised creative activities to help them strengthen their literacy skills.

"This new award highlights the important role libraries play in the development of reading and literacy among youth," said the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Ian E. Wilson. "Library and Archives Canada has been a partner in the TD Summer Reading Program since 2003, and we know that an interest in books and reading at an early age helps promote not only the individual's own success but the success of our future society."

Four prizes are to be given out, a first and second prize in both English and French. First prize winners in each language receive $5000, and second prize winners receive $2,000. The awards will be given out August 6 during the "Cap sur les jeunes /Navigating with Youth" conference, a satellite conference in Montreal held as part of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) conference in Quebec City, August 10 to 14. The Montreal conference brings together librarians from around the world to encourage dialogue about youth literacy.

Jury members included former librarians, teacher-librarians and the former National Librarian of Canada. The first prize in French will be awarded to Bibliotheque de Chelsea in Chelsea, Quebec and second prize to Bibliotheque L'Octogone in Lasalle. The first prize English award goes to the Springfield Public Library in Springfield and second prize to the Garden River First Nation Public Library in Garden River, both in Ontario. Honourable mentions were given to Bibliotheque de l'Ile Perrot and Bibliotheque de Dudswell, in Quebec, and the Orillia and Essa Public Libraries in Ontario. Special commendations were also given to the Stratford Public Library, Thornold Public Library, Cochrane Public Library and Innisfil Public Library, all in Ontario

The TD Summer Reading Club's objective is to develop a taste for reading in children, in order to consolidate what they learn in school, strengthen their reading skills, foster new reading habits, and encourage children to visit their library regularly. In 2008, the TD Bank Financial Group committed to a further three years of support for this program. Last year 433,000 children participated in more than 21,000 activities that were part of the TD Summer Reading Club. Materials are made available free of charge to children and their families. The champion of the program is Mr. Frank McKenna.

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada
    Pauline M. Portelance
    Senior Media Relations Officer
    819-994-4589 or 613-293-4298