History comes alive for Ontario students

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History comes alive for Ontario students

TORONTO, Feb. 16 - The McGuinty government is helping students across the province discover and learn about their heritage through its support for Ontario History Quest, a new Internet site developed by the Toronto Public Library, Jennifer Mossop, Parliamentary Assistant to Culture Minister Madeleine Meilleur, announced today. "Ontario History Quest brings the past alive for our young people through compelling images of original letters, diaries, pictures and other historical documents," said Mossop, as the Web site was launched to mark Ontario Heritage Week. "The Toronto Public Library is to be commended for its innovative use of new technology to tell our stories of old." Ontario History Quest is designed as a learning tool for students in grades 7, 8, 10 and 12, studying history from 1820 to 1970. It provides packages for teachers and introductory exercises for students that encourage the development of research and analytical skills. Ontario History Quest is the newest feature of the Toronto Public Library's Virtual Reference Library (VRL). With provincial funding of more than $1.4 million this year, the VRL provides people across Ontario with 24-7 access to the Toronto Public Library's world-class collections, services and online reference and research resources. In addition to Ontario History Quest, the VRL includes the SmallBizExpress gateway, an information tool for small businesses, and the NewsConnect gateway, offering links to news sources from around the world. "The McGuinty government is proud to be a supporter of the Virtual Reference Library and public libraries across Ontario," said Meilleur. "No matter what our age, income or where we live, everyone in Ontario should be able to access the impressive range of information, ideas, knowledge and services available at our libraries - both on their shelves and through the Internet." The Ministry of Culture provides an annual allocation of $30 million to support public libraries in Ontario, including more than $18 million in annual operating grants to more than 390 public library boards, First Nations and communities that contract with other communities for library service. Disponible en fran├žais www.culture.gov.on.caFor further information: Guy Lepage, Minister's Office, (416) 325-1689; Gary Wheeler, Ministry of Culture, (416) 325-8391