THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 19, 2016) - Workers from the Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL), members of Local 1803 and Local 3120 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1803 and 3120) today celebrated Ontario Public Library Week with sweet treats and a message that great libraries have great patrons and great people working for them.
"It's always great to see how much residents across Thunder Bay love their libraries and today is no exception," said CUPE 1803 Vice-President Joanna Aegard.
Her sentiments were echoed by CUPE 3120 President Laura McCormack.
"For our members, it's always very gratifying to see the connection you make with your community," she said.
Earlier today, library workers from both CUPE Locals handed out candy treats, postcards and buttons at all four TBPL 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.