News and Updates

Launch of Ontario Public Library Week

TORONTO, ON (Oct. 25, 2019) -  The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to recognize Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 20-26, 2019), an annual opportunity to celebrate the important role of local public libraries in communities of all sizes across Ontario.

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Moon of the Crusted Snow Voted as the 2019 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ Winner

TORONTO, ON (October 24, 2019) – After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 100 Ontario libraries have chosen Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow (ECW Press) as this year’s Evergreen Award winner.

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2020 Forest of Reading® Nominated Titles Announced

TORONTO, ON (October 15, 2019) – Ontario Library Association (OLA) is excited to announce the English and French nominees for the 2020 Forest of Reading Awards, the largest recreational reading award program in Canada.

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Four Recipients of the 2019 OLA New Library Building Award Announced

TORONTO, ON (July 10, 2019): Stunning architecture, environmental stewardship, connections with local histories, and serving growing communities by providing exciting spaces are just a few notables aspects of the recipients of the 2019 Ontario Library Association New Library Building Award. The award presentation will be made at the OLA Annual Institute on the Library as Place event, held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel on July 10, 2019.

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2019 Forest of Reading® Winners Announced at Annual Festival of Trees Event

TORONTO, ON (May 15, 2019) – On May 14 and 15, thousands gathered at the annual Festival of Trees, an annual rock concert of reading, where winners of the 2019 Forest of Reading program are announced live. The event, which celebrates a love of reading for children of all ages, brings together thousands of young readers from across Ontario for workshops, entertainment, and meaningful experiences with our nation’s top Canadian fiction and non-fiction authors.

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Nominated Titles for 2019 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ Announced

TORONTO, ON (January 31, 2019) – The Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Forest of Reading program is excited to present this year’s nominees for its adult reading program, the Evergreen Award.

“I love the variety of this year’s Evergreen list, which has something for everyone. I hope this year’s list also inspires readers to try something new!” says Kathryn Lee, Chair, the Evergreen Award Steering and Selection Committee. “One of my favourite aspects of participating on the Evergreen Committee is that it encourages me to read outside my comfort zone and discover new ideas, stories, and perspectives.”

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Ontario Library Association Announces 2019 Board of Directors

TORONTO, ON (January 28, 2019): The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is thrilled to announce the 2019 OLA Board of Directors. "The OLA Board has oversight of the association,” said Richard Reid, 2019 President.

“As we embark on year two of the strategic plan, we look forward to increasing support for small, rural and first nations libraries, continuing with our strong government relations plan, and developing educational opportunities to support the library sector. We are fortunate to have an elected board consisting of professionals who reflect the type of leadership, knowledge, and innovation found in Ontario’s libraries.”

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The Ontario Library Association Announces 2018 Award Recipients

TORONTO, ON (January 28, 2019) - The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is thrilled to recognize several individuals and organizations that have greatly contributed to Ontario’s libraries. From library advocacy to program development, the recipients of OLA’s 2019 awards have supported school, academic and public libraries with outstanding service to their communities. Awards will be presented to recipients during the annual OLA Super Conference, held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Ontario public libraries providing exceptional support to children and teens: OPLA announces new Teen Services Survey and Award Recipients

TORONTO, ON (November 6, 2018) – TORONTO, ON (November 6, 2018): Across the province, public libraries remain an essential community partner in the provision of services for teens, according to results of the Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA) Teen Services Survey, released today. As the report reveals, teens are recognized as a significant demographic with unique needs and it has become evident that libraries are responding.

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The Last Neanderthal Chosen as the 2018 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ Winner

TORONTO, ON (October 12, 2018) – After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 100 Ontario libraries have chosen Claire Cameron’s The Last Neanderthal (Doubleday Canada) as the 2018 Evergreen Award winner.

The Last Neanderthal is the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both.

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2019 Forest of Reading® Nominated Titles Announced

TORONTO, ON (October 11, 2018) – Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce the English and French nominees for the 2019 Forest of Reading program, the largest recreational reading award program in Canada.

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Three Recipients of the 2018 OLA Library Architectural and Design Transformation Award Announced

TORONTO, ON (July 12, 2018): Bold transformation, new technologies and a commitment to the elimination of barriers are just a few aspects the recipients of the 2018 Library Architectural and Design Transformation Award were judged upon. The award presentation will be made at the Annual Institute on the Library as Place signature event on July 12, 2018.

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2018 Forest of Reading® Winners Announced at Annual Festival of Trees Event

TORONTO, ON (May 16, 2018) – On May 15 and 16, thousands gathered at the annual Festival of Trees, an annual rock concert of reading, where winners of the 2018 Forest of Reading program are announced live. The event, which celebrates a love of reading for children of all ages, brings together thousands of young readers from across Ontario for workshops, entertainment, and meaningful experiences with our nation’s top Canadian fiction and non-fiction authors.

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20 Year Funding Freeze for Ontario Public Libraries ends 

TORONTO, ON (March 28, 2018): The announcement this afternoon of the 2018 Ontario Budget included a major new sustainable investment of $79 million over three years in Ontario’s Public and First Nations Libraries and in the Digital Public Library. This investment marks the end of a more than two-decade funding freeze for Ontario public libraries. This budget provides critically important and sustainable funding for public libraries and their communities throughout Ontario.

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