2017 Public Library Service Awards Winners

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence

Small Library Category

Rideau Lakes Public Library for: MAPsack

Rideau Lakes Public Library

The Movement and Play project encourages families to get outside, move and play in nature. Concerned about kids not spending enough time outdoors, the Leeds and Grenville Public Libraries provided families with nature-themed backpacks (MAPsacks) filled with books, activities, gadgets, trail maps and Ontario Parks day passes to inspire them to get active and explore nature.

Medium Library Category

Clarington Public Library for: Winter WonderLearn

Clarington Public Library

For the past 15 years, the Clarington Public Library and its community partners have hosted the Winter WonderLearn Festival that provides free, interactive and educational experiences for families in literacy, arts, sports, history, science, nature, safety and health.

Large Library Category

Waterloo Public Library for: Explore Play Learn @ WPL

Waterloo Public Library

Explore Play Learn @ WPL builds a comprehensive early learning strategy to help families understand the value of play and engagement in developing literacy skills. The program builds children’s literacy skills by engaging them in activities that involve reading, writing, singing, playing and talking. Through the program, the Waterloo Public Library uses its spaces and experienced staff to help children and families get ready for school.

Minister’s Award for Innovation

Small Library Category

Fort Frances Public Library for: Rainy River District Library Cooperative

Brighton Public Library

The Rainy River District Library Cooperative is an innovative partnership between the education and library sectors, created to enrich the lives of young people. Many students within the Rainy River District experience economic and geographic barriers to accessing public library services. Working together, the Cooperative has made it easier for students in kindergarten to Grade 12 to access the libraries’ physical and e-book collections.

The Rainy River District Library Cooperative is a partnership between the Atikokan Public Library, Emo Public Library, Rainy River District School Board, Northwest Catholic District School Board and the Seven Generations Education Institute.

Medium Library Category

Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Library for: Library Express – Alternative Service Delivery Depots

Halton Hills Public Library

Library Express provides access to library resources for residents in areas where there are no full-service library branches. The library partners with local businesses and organizations to provide access points to library resources. The service encourages residents to use the library by providing convenient, alternative access. Library card owners can request materials through the library which then delivers them to local businesses one a week for resident pick-up.

Large Library Category

Ottawa Public Library for: A la Carte Food Literacy Project

Vaughan Public Library

The two-year à la carte food literacy project,led by the Ottawa Public Library, brings local partners together to create programs, activities and events to help inform us about how we’re connected to the food we eat and grow. Using non-traditional programming in the library’s physical and virtual spaces, as well as in surrounding neighbourhoods, the project demonstrates that our public libraries are valued knowledge partners in our communities.

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