Ottawa – October is Library Month, and the Ottawa Public Library is starting a conversation across Canada about special #LibraryMoments. All month, the OPL is inviting people to share their stories, memories, or anecdotes about how the Library has been a part of their life. The goal is to inspire an exchange of #LibraryMoments from coast-to-coast-to-coast, gathered under the hashtag #LibraryMoments (#MomentsBiblio in French) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Library Month is a chance for public libraries across Canada to speak more loudly than usual about the important role they play in their communities. This year, the Ottawa Public Library has been marking Canada’s 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration of storytelling, and the Library Month 2017 activities extend the spirit of this theme.
Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board and Councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville said Library Month is an opportunity to highlight the many ways the Library serves the public. “Our library provides services and resources that support lifelong learning, literacy of various kinds, and offers essential community spaces that make our city and our neighbourhoods better places to live.”
“Customers often tell me how much they depend on, and enjoy, their Library,” said Danielle McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Public Library. “I know there are special #LibraryMoments made at OPL everyday and I encourage people to share them this month on social media.”
There is much to celebrate during Library Month: OPL has a strong customer base, high levels of customer satisfaction, and unsurpassed collections of physical items and online resources. Active library use at OPL has grown steadily over the past year and program attendance has risen over the past three years. The OPL delivers programs to meet the needs and interests of a diverse audience including teens, seniors, newcomers, parents, and school children -- and on a wide range of subjects such as financial literacy, jobs and careers, local history, genealogy, food literacy, language learning, arts and culture, and technology.
Library Month is also a great opportunity to remember how public libraries are more relevant and necessary than ever. In an era of information overload and “fake news,” Libraries are increasingly being recognized as the source for information that is trustworthy and reliable. Recent studies show the large majority of adults find the library helps them find credible information, learn new things, and make informed decisions. (Source: Pew Research Center).
The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL extends public access to information and services through the library’s 34 branches, physical and virtual at www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, as well as two mobile libraries and a vending machine-style lending library service. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter www.Twitter.com/OPL_BPO and like us on Facebook www.Facebook.com/OPLBPO. Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. If it’s out there, it’s in here!
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