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October 1, 2009
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Canadian Library Month 2009

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

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Now more than ever, public libraries have become busier and busier on Prince Edward Island and across Canada. This year’s celebration of library service during the month of October supports the role that libraries play in our communities. This year’s theme, “Your Library: Your World; Now more than ever,” emphasizes the importance of libraries in our lives.

“Public libraries on Prince Edward Island play different roles depending on the needs of their communities,” said the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. “Libraries are places where parents and children learn new songs and stories, students learn critical thinking and literacy skills, new Canadians find EAL resources, readers pick up the latest bestsellers, and children are supported in the love of reading.”

Libraries are key partners in supporting literacy and are leaders in providing access to information to all users. Now more than ever, individuals are using the library to gather employment resources, provide an affordable means of entertainment, and assist them in acquiring skills that will allow them to compete in the current economy.

“Libraries are centres for life-long learning and have a direct impact on the lives of Islanders each and every day,” said Minister Bertram. “They are information and community centres where people learn, engage, discover and connect.”

All 26 public library locations on Prince Edward Island have planned a wide variety of activities. To find a full list of events this Fall, be sure to pick up a copy of the Fall Program Guide available at your local library or on the library webpage To find out more information about these programs and services, or to locate a library branch near you, please phone (902) 961-7320.

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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