Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

September 16, 2014 17:11 ET

Library and Archives Canada Renews TD Summer Reading Club Partnership

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) - Library and Archives Canada

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Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the renewal of the TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) partnership with TD Bank Group and the Toronto Public Library. The TDSRC is a free and inclusive bilingual program offered in Canadian public libraries that creates an opportunity for children and their families to make reading a fun part of their summer. TD Bank Group has committed to a contribution of $5 million that will allow the partners to continue this incredibly valuable program for the next three years.

For well over a decade now, LAC has developed TD Summer Reading Club programming and coordinated the TDSRC with participating provincial and territorial public libraries and associations. It handles the distribution of program materials (1.4 million pieces) across Canada and plays an important role in developing all of the French-language content for the TDSRC. LAC also administers the annual TDSRC Library Awards.

This major partnership endorses LAC's commitment to being an important source of knowledge and supporter of cultural, social and economic advancement, and is founded on a shared belief in the importance of literacy.

Quick Facts

  • As part of the TD Summer Reading Club, last year some 2,000 public libraries across Canada offered family-friendly programs aimed at keeping children reading during the summer months.
  • Over 600,000 Canadian children participated in the TDSRC at 33,000 in-library activities last year.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to see this great partnership between TD and Library and Archives Canada renewed. Through this program, millions of children have been exposed to the wonderful world of books and imagination and learned to appreciate reading at a young age."

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"While the definition of the word 'book' is being transformed by the digital age, the love of reading, and the worlds which it can illuminate, are as potent a source of joy and discovery as ever. I am delighted that LAC continues to be part of a program which promotes reading, which encourages the imagination, and which reinforces the view I have always held that libraries, and the librarians that run them, are among the most important educational resources we have as a society."

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada-Library and Archives Canada

"We are thrilled to support Library and Archives of Canada-together providing an opportunity for youth to discover their love of reading and encouraging a passion for learning. We are looking forward to continuing working with our libraries across the country inspiring children and youth through literature."

Alan Convery, Senior Manager, Community Relations, TD Bank Group.

Associated Links

TD Summer Reading Club

Library and Archives Canada

TD Reads

About Library and Archives Canada

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates cooperation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter (@LibraryArchives), Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

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