October is Canadian Library Month. During this month, libraries and library partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. In Ontario, we celebrate our public libraries during Ontario Public Library Week (OPLW), on October 14-20, 2018.
Libraries are Ontario’s farthest-reaching, most cost-effective community resource – providing high-quality education and lifelong learning, fostering community economic development and reducing the impacts of poverty.
Indeed, libraries in Lanark County are extremely active. In 2017 there were 279 700 library visits, 25 543 active library card holders, and 437 990 library books borrowed. Lanark County residents also heavily used their libraries’ digital collections, borrowing over 60 000 ebooks and audiobooks.
In celebration of Ontario Public Library Week, local libraries will be hosting a number of events.
The Carleton Place Public Library will be celebrating with “Ten,” a teen art show and gala event. Mississippi Mills Public Library will be launching their first Cookbook Book Club this week, and Perth and District Union Library will be decorating their library with post-it love notes from their patrons. Smiths Falls Public Library is celebrating with a Food for Fines event, while Lanark Highlands will be hosting a library-themed paint night as well as offering fine amnesty throughout the week. Show your love for your local public library by visiting, commenting on a social media post, or participating in an event.
For more information, please visit your local library.
Karen Schecter (Smiths Falls)
Erika Heesen, (613) 267-1224