MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 19, 2016) - Workers from the Mississauga Library System (MLS), members of Local 1989 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1989) today celebrated Ontario Public Library Week with a message that great libraries have great patrons and great people working for them.
"We're very pleased to be participating in this event for the third year," said Laura Kaminker, President of CUPE 1989.
"Our members appreciate the opportunity to show our pride in our work, to advocate for libraries, and to connect with the community we serve.
Earlier today, library workers handed out postcards at six MLS branches to commemorate Public Library Week, which began October 16 and runs until October 22.
Since 1985, Public Library Week has highlighted the vital contributions that public libraries make towards enhancing the quality of life for all residents. Across Ontario, CUPE library workers are marking the week with celebrations scheduled in 16 different communities.
In addition to celebrating the contributions libraries and library workers make to their communities, Public Library Week provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of ensuring libraries and library workers have the resources and tools to best serve their communities, while providing important services and good jobs.
"Libraries make our communities better places to live in, and that's cause for celebration in and of itself," said Maureen O'Reilly, who chairs CUPE Ontario's Library Workers Committee.
"But while we're celebrating the libraries in our communities, it's also important to pay tribute to the thousands of people across the province who work every day to make our libraries great," she added.