Updates and News

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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Nominated Titles for 2018 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ Announced

TORONTO, ON (January 30, 2018): 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.

"This year’s Evergreen list reflects the increasing range of Canadian fiction and non-fiction,” says Kathryn Lee, Chair, the Evergreen Award Steering and Selection Committee. “It is wonderful to see Canadian literature flourishing, and I hope this list introduces Evergreen readers to new authors and stories.”

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 Ontario Library Association Announces 2018 Board of Directors

TORONTO, ON (January 25, 2018): The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is thrilled to announce the 2018 OLA Board of Directors.

OLA consists of six divisions that represent the diversity of the library and information community. The OLA Board consists of an executive committee, as well as presidents and vice presidents who represent each division. Members of the OLA Board will be introduced at the Association’s Super Conference in Toronto on February 1.

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 The Ontario Library Association Announces 2018 Award Recipients

TORONTO, ON (January 25, 2018): 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 2018 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. 31 to Feb. 3, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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 Support for Teacher Librarians in Elementary Schools in Ontario

TORONTO, ON (October 20, 2017): In celebration of Canadian School Library Day, October 23rd, the Ontario School Library Association applauds the recent resolution passed by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) calling on the Ontario Government to amend the education funding formula to specify proportional staffing of teacher-librarians based on student population, with a minimum allocation of a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) Teacher-Librarian in each work site.

Further, ETFO calls for a dedicated learning commons budget to ensure students and teachers have access to relevant physical and virtual resources.

"Parents are often unaware that in many parts of the province, students no longer have access to a comprehensive school library program," comments Kelly Maggirias, president, Ontario School Libraries Association. "A resourced and staffed school library is proven to increase reading comprehension, EQAO test scores, and digital information literacy skills. We are encouraged by ETFO's recognition of the need to return to properly resourced school libraries."

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