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May 22, 2009
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Minister Announces Increased Library Hours for two Island Communities

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

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Hon. Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour is pleased to announce that service hours for the Cornwall Public Library will be increased from 30 to 36 hours per week, and 12 hours per week will be added at the Stratford Public Library providing for 30 hours of weekly service in that community.

“I am very proud of the service that the Province's Public Library System is providing to Islanders,” said Minister Bertram. “Our libraries have introduced new services and resources, responded to the needs of newcomers, helped to heighten levels of family literacy, and increased library hours in many communities to better serve our comminutes.”

Libraries are a shared responsibility between government and the community. Communities provide, furnish and maintain the facility; the province provides the resources and the staff.

Minister Bertram noted that, in the last ten years, there has been substantial growth in library use in the communities surrounding Charlottetown. In both Stratford and Cornwall library, use has doubled in recent years. In 2008, circulation in Cornwall grew by 35%, the fastest growth rate in the province.

“These communities have realized the value of public libraries and the importance of having library services in their area,” the Minister said. “By increasing hours in Cornwall and Stratford, we are both responding to public expectations and pursuing our mandate to enhance the rich cultural environment of our province.”

The increased library hours will be in effect in June. More information, including hours of operation, for any of the 26 public libraries can be found online at

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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