Ontario students travel through time to discover Ontario history and heritage

    Library partnership project brings really old Ontario books out of the
    archives, and onto the Web

    HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Culture Minister Aileen Carroll today
kicked off Ontario Heritage Week with the unveiling of the Ontario Time
Machine, a partnership project of the Toronto Public Library, Hamilton Public
Library and the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. This innovative educational
tool for Ontario students and their teachers features a digital collection of
19th century almanacs, yearbooks, school readers, and pioneer guides that come
to life with an interactive, page-turning user interface and fun facts about
each item. The site is available at www.ontariotimemachine.ca
    "We're very excited about being part of this remarkable project that
truly marries the past and the future," says Toronto Public Library Chief
Librarian, Josephine Bryant. "Imagine. These rare historical books -
ordinarily only available at the Ontario libraries which house these special
collections - digitized and interactive, and accessible to all Ontario
students to explore."
    "Three public library systems worked in concert to deliver this unique
product," says Ken Roberts, CEO, Hamilton Public Library. "These materials are
carefully preserved as rare documents by local libraries. Today, they are out
of the library vaults and onto the Web for students to access anywhere in the
province. Geography is no longer a barrier to history."
    "Libraries are critical to student success," says Deborah Defoe, CEO,
Kingston Frontenac Public Library. "This is a natural extension of what
libraries do best - connecting people with information. The Ontario Time
Machine will help students develop their inquiry, research and communication
skills. We present them with a rich learning environment that entertains,
educates and informs."
    "The innovative Time Machine collection is an excellent example of how
cultural and heritage organizations are working together to make learning and
literacy more fun, interactive and accessible for Ontarians of all ages," said
Culture Minister Aileen Carroll. "I'm pleased that the Ministry of Culture's
$35,000 investment helped bring this project to life in homes across the
    Funding for the Ontario Time Machine project is provided in part by the
Ontario Ministry of Culture, the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian
Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives.

    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 thirty million items. To learn more about Toronto Public
Library, visit our website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline
at 416-393-7131.

    Hamilton Public Library delivers award-winning library service to the
community with 24 library locations, two bookmobiles and a virtual branch that
never closes (www.hpl.ca). The library system is recognized for its innovative
partnerships, community leadership and a commitment to service excellence.

    Kingston Frontenac Public Library serves a large geographical area with
5 urban and 12 rural libraries. With a perfect blend of innovation and
history, KFPL takes pride in enriching its communities with rich collections,
exciting programs and award-winning services. To learn more about Kingston
Frontenac Public Library, visit our website at www.kfpl.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Toronto Public Library, Blaine
McKenzie, (416) 393-7219, bmckenzie@torontopubliclibrary.ca; Hamilton Public
Library, Daphne Wood, (905) 546-3200 ext. 6342, dawood@hpl.ca; Kingston
Frontenac Public Library, Deborah Defoe, (613) 549-8888 ext. 1230

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