Ontario Public Library Week: October 20 - 26, 2019
October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and library partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians' lives.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATES FOR 2019: The dates for Ontario Public Library Week will shift to October 20 to October 26, 2019, as the third week of October falls on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year.
In Ontario, the first week of October features First Nations Public Library Week, September 29 to October 5, and the third week of October is Ontario Public Library Week. (If the third week of October falls on a statutory holiday, OPLW will be held the following week.)
Ontario Library Association (OLA) is excited to be the provincial coordinator for Ontario Public Library Week. As the coordinator, OLA provides public libraries and public library supporters with various promotional resources for Ontario Public Library Week. OLA also organizes the OPLW launch event and facilitates the OPLW contest using #oplw.
For 2020, Ontario Public Library Week will take place October 18 to October 24, 2020.
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OPLW #ILoveONLibraries Contest - Congrats to the Winner
This year, OLA ran a contest to encourage library lovers and users to tell us how they love their public library. We asked participants to visit their local library and tell us why you love your public library using #ILoveONLibraries.
Congrats to the contest winner, Karen S. from Georgetown, who said: “Our family of seven checks out 50+ books every two weeks. We love that the librarians enjoy our family, help our kids find books, and welcome us as we pillage the kid's section. The Georgetown library is one of our favorite places in town!”
This contest ran from October 18, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EST to October 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Download the Contest Toolkit through the shareable Dropbox folder
Digital Graphics, Assets, and Promotional Materials
OPLW/CLM graphics are now available to download from the shareable Dropbox folder. OLA has included the design for FNPLW as the watermark in the OPLW poster and bookmark. Credit for the floral motif goes to Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Wasauksing First Nation)
Poster/Bookmark Orders and Shipping - Preordering Is Closed
Pre-ordering for Ontario Public Library Week bookmarks and posters is now closed. The deadline for preorders was Friday, September 6. Due to printing and shipping constraints, we are unable to make exceptions.
Orders were shipped by mid- to late-September. Print versions of the poster and bookmark will be available through the shareable Dropbox folder. The bookmark is double-sided, with one side in French and the other in English. The posters are bilingual this year.
Libraries and community partners had until Friday, September 6 to place their orders. Due to printing and shipping constraints, we are unable to make exceptions.
Bookmark and poster orders are only available to those public libraries and community partners within Ontario
Bookmarks and posters are free (OLA will cover the cost of these materials)
If your public library serves a population less than 7,000: shipping is covered by the OLA.
If your public library serves a population more than 7,000: your library is responsible for shipping costs.
Libraries and community partners will have until Friday, September 6 to place their orders. Due to printing and shipping constraints, we are unable to make exceptions.
Orders will be shipped by mid- to late-September.
2019 Ontario Public Library Week Shipping Policy:
First Nations Public Library Week - Coordinated by Ontario Library Service - North
Since 2000, First Nation public libraries have used one week of the year to raise awareness of their resources, services, programs and activities. First Nations Public Library Week is celebrated the first week of October to coincide with Canadian Library Month.
First Nations Public Library Week is not only an opportunity to promote public library services but also to celebrate cultural uniqueness through creative library programming. We encourage all Ontario libraries to join in its celebration!
Please visit the First Nations Public Library Week website for more information about the program history and updates.
Thank you this year's Ontario Public Library Week Sponsors and Supporters!