Creating Accessible Libraries Across Ontario

    McGuinty Government Supports Ontario's Public Libraries

    WEST PERTH, ON, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - The West Perth Public Library broke
ground today on an expansion that will make it more accessible to people with
    "Our government is a proud partner in this project which will allow the
West Perth Public Library's collection and services to be more accessible,"
said Culture Minister Aileen Carroll.
    "By investing in this expansion, the Ontario government is helping ensure
our rural libraries are more accessible for everyone," said John Wilkinson,
MPP, Perth-Wellington. "Facilities such as our West Perth Library are the
cornerstone of family life in our rural communities."
    West Perth Public Library is one of 156 Carnegie libraries across Ontario
and one of 2,500 around the world. Carnagie libraries are the legacy of wealth
philathropist, Andrew Carnegie, who donated more than $56 million in the late
1800s to build public libraries that would be accessible to anyone who wanted
to learn. The expansion project at West Perth Libarary will include
retrofiting the existing Carnagie public library building.
    "We are very pleased to be starting on this important and much needed
addition and renovation at our library," said West Perth Mayor John Van Bakel.
"We appreciate all the help we have received from library staff, the
provincial government and all others involved."
    The $700,000-expansion project is one of several across Ontario partially
funded by the provincial government. Other library expansion projects include:

    -   Nipigon Public Library
    -   West Lincoln Public Library in Caistorville
    -   Sault Ste Marie Public Library

    Ontario invests over $28 million annually in the province's public and
First Nations libraries.

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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Mark Thompson, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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