McGuinty government celebrates First Nations Public Library Week

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McGuinty government celebrates First Nations Public Library Week

TORONTO, Feb. 12 - This week is First Nations Public Library Week, a perfect time to celebrate the vitality of libraries in First Nations communities and the history of the province's First Peoples, Culture Minister Madeleine Meilleur said today. "Libraries help build strong communities across the province," said Meilleur, "and it is especially true in First Nations communities, where libraries are often the cornerstone for social vitality, education and growth." Called "Winter Stove Stories @ your library," this year's First Nations Public Library Week emphasizes oral tradition and the coming together of community to share teaching and entertainment in warm and hospitable surroundings. The week encourages First Nations libraries to promote their resources and services to their communities through a variety of programs and activities. It also encourages all public libraries to join in the celebration by offering culturally sensitive programs and displays featuring First Nations content, authors and illustrators. First Nations libraries were recognized for their innovation and dedication in January, as Meilleur presented The Angus Mowat Award of Excellence to The Alderville First Nation Library at the Ontario Public Library Service Awards. In 2003, First Nations libraries received almost $1.2 million from the Ministry of Culture, including $260,600 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation's strategic grants for library boards. Disponible en fran├žais www.culture.gov.on.caFor further information: Guy Lepage, Minister's Office, (416) 325-1689; Gary Wheeler, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391