Ontario Government Boosts Literacy And Learning

    $5 Million For Libraries Will Strengthen Ontario Communities And Support

    ONTARIO, April 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is enhancing the vital
role of Ontario's rural, remote and First Nations libraries as community hubs
of literacy, learning and access to information by investing $5 million for
libraries, Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today.
    "Our support will ensure that all Ontarians - regardless of where they
live - have access to traditional and digital library services that enable
them to participate fully in the life of their communities," said Di Cocco.
    The new investment will provide 552 public libraries that serve
communities of under 20,000 people with one-time funding of $9,000 each. The
Federation of Ontario Public Libraries will also receive a grant of $32,000 to
promote the interests of Ontario's public libraries and help them achieve
common goals.
    "With this unprecedented funding, the Ministry continues to recognize the
important role of libraries in Ontario, particularly in rural and remote
communities of our province," said Marzio Apolloni, C.E.O. of Bruce County
Public Library and a director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.
    "It confirms our belief that where you live should not determine the
value of your citizenship."

    Ontario's public libraries play a key role in supporting literacy and
learning, fostering an appreciation of literature and culture and providing
information resources to newcomers, job seekers, small businesses and

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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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