2016 Public Library Service Awards Winners

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence

Small Library Category (Tie)

Carleton Place Public Library for: Carleton Place Writes

Carleton Place Library

Carleton Place Writes (CPW) is a series of ongoing workshops, writing challenges and seminars designed to empower and engage aspiring writers in the Town of Carleton Place. It has had overwhelming success creating a supportive community of active writers of all ages in Carleton Place. Participants have published, entered contests, completed novels and have credited much of their success to the support provided by Carleton Place Public Library writer’s programs.




Hastings Highlands Public Library for: Crazy for Community Hubs!

Hastings Highlands Public Library

Crazy for Community Hubs! is Hastings Highlands Public Library’s recipe for success. It is all about the “C’s”… Communication, Connections, and Collaboration, and about the “P’s”… People, Partnerships, and Public Service. These lead to the “A’s”… Accreditation, Acknowledgment and Adoration of the few of the “T’s”… Trials, Trust, and Triumphs. For flavour, add the “M’s”… Municipalities, and Ministries. It is a recipe that anyone can follow and each mixture is as unique as its ingredients. Even better, Crazy for Community Hubs! can be served alone or it makes a great appetizer for economic growth.

Medium Library Category

Caledon Public Library for: Click-Create-Celebrate Initiative

Caledon Public Library

Caledon Public Library recognizes the inherent value of building a culture of creativity and the library’s Click-Create-Celebrate Initiative offers the tools to create and cultivate, rather than simply consume the work of others. Click-Create-Celebrate provides a forum to recognize and highlight the talent of local authors, poets, photographers and filmmakers in Caledon’s community. It is a four month long annual contest that encourages the submission of short stories, poetry and photography from all age groups. The program culminates in a celebration of creativity, culture and literacy – in all their unique forms.

Large Library Category

Burlington Public Library for: Community-Led Youth Service Model

Burlington Public Library

Burlington Public Library’s community-led model is transforming how teens interact with the library. Moving from a top down model, the library has embraced a teen-led philosophy which places teens into positions of power, enabling them to co-create programs and initiatives that enrich their lives. Focused on providing empowering leadership and growth opportunities, centred around key community needs of connect, create, innovate, and iterate, the library works with teens to develop initiatives. These include co-planned programs, teen-run Instagram and Tumblr accounts, student art displays in library branches and maker-based high school co-op placements

Minister’s Award for Innovation

Small Library Category

Brighton Public Library for: Tech Help One on One

Brighton Public Library

Brighton Public Library’s Tech Help One on One project responds directly to an illustrated need for more focused, cost effective Tech Help for community members. The first iteration of this program was made possible through OLCF, and has continued in a modified format ever since. This program empowers individuals to develop skills necessary for participation in the ever changing digital world through half hour Tech Help One on One sessions in a comfortable and supportive environment. Brighton Public Library provides approximately 200 half hour sessions to community members annually.

Medium Library Category

Halton Hills Public Library for: Naturally Sustainable Cards Project

Halton Hills Public Library

Halton Hills Public Library became the first library in Canada to create a sustainable library card made from 100% birch. Reaction from the community was tremendous with 58% increase of new patron registrations, a 39.5% increase of in-branch visits and a 20.5% increase in program registrations. The cards generated considerable media attention and public interest. Other libraries have shown great enthusiasm for the project and are considering similar sustainable and cost-effective cards as an alternative to industry standard PVC cards.


Large Library Category

Vaughan Public Libraries for: Vaughan Poetry Map

Vaughan Public Library

The Vaughan Poetry Map is a collaborative project for and by library staff, the local literary community, schools, local government, and the community at large. Through offering an innovative e-publishing opportunity for local poets, VPL has created a platform for poets and poetry lovers to express their appreciation of their local culture and surroundings.

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