McGuinty Government Supports Dynamic Public Libraries



    Funding Support For Innovative Library Projects More Than Doubles

    STRATHROY, ON, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government has substantially
increased funding to the Library Strategic Development Fund, Minister of
Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today.
    "New information technologies and resources such as computers and the
internet have challenged and expanded the role of public libraries," said Di
Cocco. "By increasing the Library Strategic Development Fund to $599,700, from
$226,700 last year, we are investing in innovative library initiatives to keep
Ontario on the leading edge of success."
    The Library Strategic Development Fund invests in strategic initiatives
that benefit the provincial library system as a whole or serve as models for
other libraries. Public and First Nations libraries across the province are
eligible to apply for grants. The deadline for applications is November 16,
2007. Application forms are available on the Ministry of Culture's website.
    The fund supports the ongoing development of a strong public library
sector that promotes free and equitable access to information. Examples of
projects that received grants last year through the fund include the creation
of community web portals and services such as a homework club and a "Library
Mobile" to drive rural clients to library programming. The Grey Highlands
Public Library is digitizing primary source material on Agnes Macphail,
Canada's first female Member of Parliament and Ontario's first female
provincial assembly member.
    "Our provincial public library system is a key partner in delivering on
government priorities such as success for students, lifelong learning and
strong, prosperous communities," said Maria Van Bommel, MPP,
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.
    "Ontario's public and First Nations libraries are hubs of literacy and
lifelong learning, connecting residents and communities to a global
information network," said Di Cocco. "Investing in the Library Strategic
Development Fund helps strengthen our communities and contributes to the
success of our students."

    
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For further information:

For further information: Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4071; Guy Lepage, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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