Updates and News

They Left Us Everything Chosen as 2016 Forest of Reading Evergreen Award Winner

TORONTO, ON (November 10, 2016) – After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 100 Ontario libraries have chosen Plum Johnson’s They Left Us Everything as the 2016 Evergreen Award winner.

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Ontario Library Association Recognizes Excellence in Public Library Service

TORONTO, ON (November 2, 2016) - The Ontario Library Association (OLA) asks over 1,400 Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA) members to celebrate the achievements of their fellow colleagues through various awards. With unwavering passion, award winners go above and beyond to promote library services within the community, to develop innovative programming and events, to provide exemplary readers’ advisory services, and to improve the overall work experience of their fellow colleagues.

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Explore and Celebrate Ontario's Diverse Culture and Heritage During Culture Days at Your Public Library 

Toronto, ON, September 15, 2016 – Public libraries across Ontario will join together this fall to celebrate the seventh instalment of Ontario Culture Days between September 30 and October 2. Inviting the public to explore, discover, and participate in a range of free and interactive activities, libraries throughout the province will welcome curious culture-seekers as part of this year’s festivities. Whether it is an introduction to an unfamiliar cultural activity, or a lesson in a new technology, Ontario libraries will be sharing an exciting taste of their year-round programming and services, intergenerational learning experiences and exclusive events. For Culture Days highlights, hubs and community-wide programming at libraries, visit bit.ly/CDLibraries

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Five Recipients of the 2016 OLA New Library Building Award Announced

Five Recipients of the 2016 OLA New Library Building Award Announced TORONTO, ON (July 8, 2016): Community development, new technologies and a commitment to environmentally sensitive design are just a few aspects recipients of the 2016 Library Building Award were judged upon. The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce five recipients of the distinguished award, which focused on New Library Buildings.  

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Winner of 2016 Forest of Reading® Golden Oak Award™ announced

TORONTO, ON (June 2, 2016) – After weeks of voting, Ontarians have decided: Residential Schools: With the Words and Images of Survivors by Larry Loyie, coauthored by Wayne K. Spear and Constance Brissenden has won the 2016 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award.

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2016 Forest of Reading® Program Winners Announced

Children across the country to voted for favourite Canadian titles in unique award program

TORONTO, ON (May 19, 2016) – On May 17, 18 and 19, thousands of kids and teens gathered at the Harbourfront Centre for the Festival of Trees™, an annual rock concert of reading, where the winners of the 2016 Forest of Reading program were announced. Over the past six months, over 250,000 children across Ontario read nominated books, which included the best Canadian fiction and non-fiction books by French and English authors.

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OLA Responds to the Closure of 54 Public Libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is dismayed at the recent announcement that due to budget cuts by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, 54 public library branches in the province will be closed. This is devastating for the people of the province. Public libraries are part of the essential social and economic infrastructure for strong communities. They provide the resources and capacity a community needs to flourish.

OLA believes public libraries are even more important in challenging times. Closing libraries closes opportunity. We urge the government of Newfoundland and Labrador to reconsider its decision. Investing in public libraries is an investment in the potential of the people of the province.

UPDATE: Read OLA's letter to Hon. Dwight Ball Premier, Newfoundland and Labrador


Report Reveals Trends in Technology, Learning and Literacy at Ontario’s Public Libraries

TORONTO, ON (May 3, 2016): The latest Children’s Services Benchmark and Statistical Report reveals that public libraries are providing Ontario’s children with diverse technology, and parents are seeing libraries as a key community resource for learning, programs and literacy. The report, which is conducted every three years, evaluates various trends and nuances in how Ontario’s public libraries cater to children older than five and younger than 12 years of age. Read more.