Toronto Public Library announces Ontario Science Centre as newest partner to the library's Sun Life Museum + Arts Pass Program



    Science Centre's participation makes Science & Technology more accessible
    to Torontonians

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Library announced today that the
Ontario Science Centre is the newest partner to join the library's Sun Life
Financial Museum + Arts Pass program. The program significantly expands access
to some of the city's greatest arts and cultural institutions, particularly
for Torontonians living in priority neighbourhoods. The pass can be borrowed
from the Toronto Public Library using a valid library card, much the way
someone might borrow a book or a CD from the collection.
    "We welcome the Ontario Science Centre to this partnership. We're so
pleased to help to better enable Torontonians to explore the rich educational
content that the Science Centre has to offer," said Josephine Bryant,
Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library. "We thank the Ontario Science Centre
for its enthusiasm and commitment to this program."
    "Through this partnership the Ontario Science Centre recognizes the value
of accessible cultural institutions and the importance of developing and
sustaining young people's interest in science and technology", said
Lesley Lewis, CEO, Ontario Science Centre. "Working together with the
community the Science Centre is breaking down barriers that may have hindered
families in the past and finding ways to build a new generation of
innovators."
    The Sun Life Museum + Arts Pass provides full admission to families of up
to two adults and five children (admission restrictions vary by venue) to the
Art Gallery of Ontario, Bata Shoe Museum, Black Creek Pioneer Village, City of
Toronto Historic Museums, Gardiner Museum, Ontario Science Centre,
Royal Ontario Museum and the Textile Museum of Canada.
    Family museum passes are available for borrowing from each of the
24 branches(*) of the Library that serve Toronto's 13 priority neighbourhoods as
identified by the City. Families can choose from one of the museums and
galleries participating in the program for their visit.
    Sun Life Financial generously sponsors this program, continuing its
long-standing commitment to making the arts accessible to all.

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 17 million people visit our 99 branches and
borrow more than 30 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library,
visit our website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at
416-393-7131.

    The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about
themselves and the world. In 2006, the Ontario Science Centre unleashed its
bold new Agents of Change transformation initiative to the world. The launch
of the Weston Family Innovation Centre created a new, edgy experience area
specifically for teenagers and young adults while outside, an exploration
plaza TELUSCAPE, opened up its fore court to visitors and the nearby urban
community. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of
Ontario.

    
    (*) Torontonians can borrow a Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass at
        these 24 library branches:

    Agincourt Branch            Main Branch
    Albion Branch               Malvern Branch
    Barbara Frum Branch         Maria A. Shchuka Branch
    Bendale Branch              McGregor Park Branch
    Bridlewood Branch           Morningside Branch
    Cedarbrae Branch            Mount Dennis Branch
    Centennial Branch           Richview Branch
    Dawes Road Branch           Steeles Branch
    Flemingdon Park Branch      Victoria Village Branch
    Humber Summit Branch        Weston Branch
    Jane/Sheppard Branch        Woodview Park Branch
    Kennedy/Eglinton Branch     York Woods Branch
    

    Quantities are limited and borrowing rules apply.





For further information:

For further information: Tita Zierer, Communications Officer, Toronto
Public Library, (416) 397-5973, tzierer@torontopubliclibrary.ca; Ellen
Flowers, Media Relations Officer, Ontario Science Centre, (416) 696-3154,
ellen.flowers@osc.on.ca


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