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June 11, 2024

Decades of Dedication: Morinville Library Bidding Farewell to Longtime Staff

Morinville Community Library staff member Margaret Meetsma and Library Director Isabelle Cramp will retire this summer after 21 years of dedicated service to the community. The two longtime employees started a day apart in 2003.

June 10, 2024

‘Deeply iconic’: Clarington council moves to give Orono Library historical designation

The Municipality of Clarington has issued a notification to designate the Italianate-style building as a heritage property. It was built in 1882 and houses the Orono Mill Stone, a significant piece of the only mill in Orono in the 1850s.

New Library Collections Centre earns LEED Gold certification

The McGill University Collections Centre (MUCC), a new off-campus storage facility housing a significant portion of the McGill Library’s collections, has been awarded LEED Gold certification.

Students occupy library to demand SFU’s divestment from Israel

On May 23, SFU students occupied the downtown campus’ Belzberg Library to demand the university divest from military assets supplied to Israel and call for an immediate ceasefire.

June 6, 2024

‘Eager to learn’: Why is an Innisfil library branch wrapped in yarn?

For the fourth year in a row, the Lakeshore branch of the Innisfil ideaLAB and Library is covered in a yarn bomb display, in recognition of June’s National Deafblind Awareness Month

How the Peterborough Public Library is helping to rewrite the climate change story

Library staff formed a ‘green team’, grew a pollinator garden, host a community seed exchange, operate a book bike and electric delivery van, and more

No daytime homeless shelter causes challenges for North Bay Public Library

With no daytime shelter for the homeless, the North Bay Public Library has become a social service hub. In addition to handing out books, staff have been known to provide hats, mitts during the winter and granola bars for those who are hungry.

June 5, 2024

Aylmer: nouvelle bibliothèque, plus gros budget

Les travaux de la future bibliothèque Lucy-Faris vont bon train, si bien qu’elle pourrait ouvrir ses portes un peu plus tôt que prévu en octobre 2025, a fait savoir la Ville de Gatineau, mardi.

Bruce County Public Library receives Dementia-Friendly designation

“Receiving the Dementia Friendly Community Supporter designation means that Bruce County Public Library is better equipped to serve individuals living with dementia, their families and their care partners.”

Calgary Public Library hosting Ultimate Summer Challenge

The Ultimate Summer Challenge is the Calgary Public Library’s largest program with close to 20,000 people signing up annually for the last seven years.

Halton Hills Public Library eliminates late fines for those 65 and up

Move expands on existing fine-free policy for infants, children, teens, and young adults

Moyens de pression à prévoir dans les bibliothèques de Saskatoon pour dénoncer la violence

Les employés des bibliothèques municipales de Saskatoon ont voté en faveur de moyens de pression, alors que les négociations pour une nouvelle convention collective sont dans l’impasse.

Toronto Public Library prepares for extended hours, more Sunday operations

Eight branches will get more hours from Monday to Saturday starting in June and an additional eight locations will see doors open on Sundays beginning this September.

June 4, 2024

‘Dangerous and unsafe workplaces’: Saskatoon Public Library workers vote for job action

Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) staff have overwhelmingly voted in favour of job action over wages and concerns about violent incidents at work.

North Bay Public Library, a true community hub

The North Bay Public Library recently finished some major renovations both on the inside and outside its Worthington St. East entrance.

Le rôle de plus en plus social de nos bibliothèques

Une équipe de recherche de l’Université de Moncton, en collaboration avec la Bibliothèque publique de Moncton, s’est intéressée à la bibliothèque de la ville urbaine, et du rôle qu’elle joue auprès de la communauté et les populations plus vulnérables.

Saskatoon Public Library employees vote in favour of job action

Saskatoon Public Library employees, who haven’t had a collective agreement since June 2023, voted 95 per cent in favour of job action.

June 3, 2024

Library gains two staff members in efforts to expand services

The Portage Regional Library has two new staff to help facilitate its services, but they’re more of a result of expanding their efforts.

June 2, 2024

After 16 years at Lac La Biche library, Joanne Wicker set to start new chapter in her life

Wicker has been the children’s programmer at the Stuart MacPherson Library in Lac La Biche since 2008

May 31, 2024

BC Teacher-Librarian Association hands out hardware to a pair of PG educators

Rebekah Rustad was one of two winners selected for the BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award. In addition, Tina Cousins was given the Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award.

Overdue fines eliminated at Bruce County Public Library branches

As of June 1, Bruce County Public Library (BCPL) is joining more than 200 libraries across the country in going fine free.

May 30, 2024

City report outlines multi-million-dollar options to repair West Kildonan Library

A report at Winnipeg City Hall says repairs at West Kildonan Library will cost millions of dollars, without money earmarked to make the necessary changes.

‘I do not blame them’: Springwater library staff unionize in response to council

Employees at Springwater Township’s public library are joining a union, a move they say was precipitated by the treatment they received from the local council.

May 29, 2024

BRAVE move helps make main Guelph library a little safer

BRAVE sensors, geared toward overdose prevention efforts, now active in washroom stalls at Guelph Public Library’s main branch

‘Live and exist’: Prison libraries are important for inmates, advocates say

A Winnipeg group is working to ensure people who are incarcerated in Manitoba have access to books, to help people who are incarcerated start a new chapter.

More people are using the Carleton Place library than ever before

There’s been an uptick in library users in Carleton Place. Library CEO Meriah Caswell noted a 6.8% increase over pre-pandemic numbers.

Warman Library Board earns city’s Legendary Group of the Year award

The Warman Library Board was presented with the city’s 2023 Legendary Group of the Year award at the Warman City Council meeting on Monday, May 27.

May 27, 2024

Calgary library workers’ union seeks mediation after ‘insulting’ wage offer from city

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1169 said the city offered a wage deal lower than that rejected by two other groups who are currently at the bargaining table.

Chippawa library closure ‘a slap in the face’: Gates

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates is calling on the provincial government to increase library funding after the recent announcement that Niagara Falls Public Library is permanently closing its southernmost branch.

A concrete library shows the the power of renovation

The transformation of Toronto’s Albert Campbell Library makes a profound statement on the value of renovation over demolition and how to do it right

Construction on downtown library in Saskatoon to begin in October

“Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) is excited to announce that remediation on the new central library site will begin in July and construction is scheduled to begin in October 2024.”

Fallen maple tree transformed into work of art at Hillsburgh library

The art piece is a book with the pages depicting flora and fauna at risk in Ontario

‘It’s just not helping:’ Preston Idea Exchange renovations ‘disappointing’ to accessibility advocate

A ramp that was supposed to make the Preston Idea Exchange more accessible has advocates up in arms noting it could pose a hazard

Report on personal emails in Greenbelt scandal will follow FOI appeals, privacy commissioner says

Ontario’s privacy watchdog says a report on the use of personal email accounts by staff conducting government business related to the Greenbelt is “not imminent,” and will only be issued after a number of freedom-of-information appeals are dealt with.

Sask. archivists looking to confirm if marriage performed in the skies over Regina was aviation first

Regina has been home to many Canadian aviation firsts including the first licensed pilot, aircraft and airfield. Now, the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is seeking information about another possible aviation first – a 1929 marriage in an aircraft.

May 25, 2024

Cambridge library releases four-year strategic plan based on community input

100 per cent of people polled for Idea Exchange Strategic Plan believed that public libraries are important for the community and bring value

Library’s long closure looms

Time is running short for patrons to check out books from the Penticton Public Library ahead of five-week closure starting May 31.

May 24, 2024

Des résidents de Hearst demandent que la bibliothèque reste au centre-ville

Des résidents de Hearst, dont la présidente de la Zone d’amélioration commerciale, demandent le maintien de la bibliothèque municipale au centre-ville.

Drag Queen Storytime returns to libraries from Oshawa to Pickering ahead of Pride month

The Durham Children’s Aid Society and Youth Pride Durham organize the events every June as a Pride celebration. Each event features a drag queen reading children’s stories meant to highlight diversity and inclusion.

Health Sciences worker caught ‘snooping’ on hundreds of patient records in privacy breach: Shared Health

Hundreds of patient records were “inappropriately accessed” by a worker at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre over the span of months from last summer through this spring.

Innisfil, Essa libraries split $15,608 in Smile Cookie proceeds

The Smile Cookie campaign raised $15,608 this year for Innisfil ideaLAB & Library and Essa Public Library.

Library on wheels rolling through Surrey

Surrey Libraries announced the launch of its new ‘Mobile Library’ service — a van that travels around Surrey, bringing the library to underserved areas.

Swift Current Library finds new leadership

Olivia Brotzell is the new public services manager for the Swift Current Library and Chinook regional Library.

A window into the past: archive in Grande Prairie gets a new home

A new public archive facility in Grande Prairie will help preserve the history of Alberta’s South Peace region for generations to come.

May 23, 2024

EHS librarian, a Spartan

Life has come full circle for Brittany Cormier. She is the new library technician at Espanola High School, and as a former Spartan, is thrilled to be back.

Local school board gets $110K from Indigo for more Indigenous student library resources

Algoma District School Board (ADSB) will receive a portion of $1 million in funding from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Public to get rare look at Canadian treasures housed by Library and Archives Canada

The open house will included guided access to LAC’s Gatineau Preservation Campus, which includes a brand new, state-of-the-art storage facility that only opened in November 2022.

May 22, 2024

CBC bridges Albertan communities through rural library initiative

In a bid to foster deeper connections with Alberta’s rural communities, CBC Edmonton and CBC Calgary collaborated on an innovative initiative spanning nine libraries across the province. Our aim was to bridge the gap between the public broadcaster and people in rural areas, to hear their opinions and stories.

Cyberattack: Hamilton Public Library computers remain offline amid network reconstruction

The Hamilton Public Library is putting $300,000 in reserve funding toward shoring up digital defences against future cyberattacks as it works to restore services three months after ransomware struck the city.

Jake Epp Library welcomes new director

Emmalyn Latigay, the new director of the Jake Epp Library, has many plans for the library, which she hopes will be implemented within three to 10 years.

Jolys Regional Library seeks St Malo space after budget cut

The board chair for Jolys Regional Library said a budget cut from the RM of De Salaberry will greatly affect its services as it seeks a new space in St Malo.

Niagara-on-the-Lake councillors reject request for investigation into library CEO firing

Group of residents asked for integrity commissioner investigation into board’s firing of chief librarian Cathy Simpson.

May 20, 2024

Beyond books: Halifax libraries renting out instruments, sports equipment, memory kits and more

For those who go to their local libraries often, they know there’s much more to their library than just borrowing books.

Simcoe County 4 Palestine applauds library for overturning ‘misguided’ decision

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library announced last week it had reversed its cancellation of a showing of the film ‘200 Meters’

May 19, 2024

Photography exhibition shows extensive history of P.E.I.’s many libraries

Photographer Doug Dumais followed in the footsteps of Nora Bateson, the librarian who set up the Island’s early libraries

May 18, 2024

VPL workers say strike action possible without new collective agreement

Unionized workers at Vancouver Public Libraries (VPL) say strike action is on the table if they can’t work out a new collective agreement.

May 17, 2024

Annual library report shows a range of user increases

“We know the library is so much more than books and I think more and more people are really finding that out for themselves.” says Thunder Bay Public Library CEO Richard Togman.

Idea Exchange wins two national awards for its reading programs

The Cambridge library was recently presented with awards for its work in creating accessible and accommodating programs at the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference

Learn long and prosper: U of T’s Fisher Library becomes ‘eternal archive’ on Star Trek: Discovery

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library was chosen as a filming location for the latest episode of the sci-fi series because of its unique architecture and “commitment to preservation and the pursuit of knowledge”

Niagara Falls Public Library permanently closes Chippawa branch

Library board says Chippawa residents will still have access to library programs and services in their community.

May 16, 2024

2 Concordia Library veterans are shifting into new roles at other institutions

Danielle Dennie will move on to Laurentian University and Geoffrey Little to Western University

Newmarket library patrons can soon get books from vending machines

Town’s public library budgeting $95,000 for two machines to be set up in community centres

Oxford County Library unveils new strategic plan

The Oxford County Library has unveiled its new “forward-thinking” strategic plan that officials say will help meet the “evolving needs” of the region’s diverse communities.

May 15, 2024

Guelph library fundraising campaign reaching goals before launch

Campaign to get new technology for new Central Library to launch in August has already raised $2.5 million

Petitcodiac community group faces roadblocks converting church into library

Three Rivers mayor Peter Saunders says he’s “shocked” the municipality has been having difficulty getting funding from the province for this project.

Quinte West urges better funding for libraries

Quinte West council is pushing for increased funding from the province for local libraries.

May 14, 2024

City to assist Lloydminster Public Library in exploring municipal operating model

Lloydminster Public Library (LPL), in partnership with the City of Lloydminster, will explore the feasibility of adopting a municipal operating model.

Hamilton library computers, other services remain down, 3 months after ransomware attack

The library is currently rebuilding its network after the city experienced a cybersecurity attack in February. There’s no clear timeline for when popular services like online holds and the use of the public computers will be restored.

Leaky library: No plans in sight to repair Fort Garry branch’s roof

2-year-old leak at south Winnipeg branch a sign of ‘grossly underfunded system,’ says library advocate

Long overdue: A.C. Hunter Children’s Library closes for a month for mini-makeover

It’s been about 30 years since the largest children’s library in Newfoundland and Labrador had some renovation work done.

N.B. rural library running into financial roadblocks

A rural community outside of Moncton has been without a public library for roughly a year. Petitcodiac’s library board wants to use a former church as the new site, but they’re running into roadblocks trying to get funding.

TRU librarians not pleased after graduate study rooms converted to office space

Thompson Rivers University librarians are taking issue with the university’s decision to convert 10 graduate study rooms into office spaces.

May 13, 2024

The construction story of Adisoke, the new site of the central library, is halfway finished

Construction on Ottawa’s new central library has passed the halfway point. According to the program manager for design, construction, and infrastructure for the Adisoke project, the building just passed 54 per cent completion.

Ontario’s freedom of information system is ‘broken,’ critics say

Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles says the province’s access to information system is “broken” after two Ford government ministries made contradictory decisions over the release of health-care staffing information to two media outlets.

Ottawa should address AI’s impact on workers’ rights, privacy: parliamentary report

Artificial intelligence will have an impact on the Canadian labour force, a parliamentary committee recently heard, and MPs are suggesting ways the federal government can better prepare.

May 11, 2024

Residential school memorial quilt stolen from Prince Albert Public Library

Nearly a month has passed since a residential school memorial quilt was stolen from the Prince Albert Public Library, and has not been recovered.

May 10, 2024

From shushing to shenanigans: Irvine’s new community hub

Sure, it’s called the Irvine Community Resource Centre, but that’s just a fancy way of saying it’s way more than books. It hints at a new reality – it’s so much more than a library.

Library closes for structural repairs, reopening this summer

The Flin Flon Public Library will be closed for about two months as workers come in to fix parts of the aging building’s structure.

McCallumSather designs Waterloo Region’s first net-zero library

Kitchener Public Library’s (KPL’s) new Southwest Community Branch aims to be the first net-zero-carbon and -energy municipal facility in Ontario’s Waterloo Region.

Once unstoppable, government digital service reform hits a wall in Canada

When the Ontario government killed the Ontario Digital Service in a departmental reorganization in March, it ended a seven-year experiment in transforming a massive organization for the internet age.

May 9, 2024

Bradford library reverses course, will screen film 200 Meters

After ‘careful consideration,’ library decides screening is ‘our obligation’ and an ‘ethical responsibility’; film will be shown June 2, in partnership with the Centre for Free Expression

Getting your hands dirty at the Waterloo Public Library

Automated towers grow food year-round in the library, and a new seed library lets people try their hand at growing things.

May 4, 2024

Barrie Public Library’s new community navigator had ‘dream job’ on her radar

Ayesha Karim-Mian says new position ‘will take some stress away from (library staff) and will also assist the clients who are in crisis and need help’

Programs are a hit at the Redvers library

Katy Soroka, Redvers librarian since September 2023, enjoys her work at the library through the programs and services offered.

May 3, 2024

Hacker demands ransom from B.C. libraries after data breach

B.C. Libraries Co-operative says ‘minimal data’ was obtained from its servers

Public Service Librarian receives prestigious award

Melanie Kindrachuk, Public Service Librarian at Stratford Public Library is the recipient of the prestigious Leadership in Adult Readers’ Advisory Award

With funding set to run out, referrals from Winnipeg library social services hub have surged, report says

Community Connections space referrals more than doubled in past 3 months

May 2, 2024

Attendance rising alongside security incidents at Winnipeg Public Library branches: report

Data in the report shows over 966,000 visits were logged at all Winnipeg libraries from October 2023 until March 2024. That’s 134,000 more visitors than the same time last year.

B.C. mayor stripped of budget, barred from committees over Indigenous residential schools book

A British Columbia mayor has been censured by city council for allegedly distributing a book that questions the history of Indigenous residential schools in Canada.

Council checks out future options for Tay’s three library system

‘Nobody is going to be jumping on any quick decisions on this; it’s too large a decision,’ assures councillor as Tay library board offers future library services

‘It has grandeur’: Waterloo’s ‘library oak’ named tree of the year

A 120-year-old bur oak next to Waterloo Public Library has been named the region’s Tree of the Year for 2023.

Toronto Public Library accused of anti-Palestinian racism after abrupt removal of work by Gazan poet

B’nai Brith Canada’s lobbying of a publicly-funded library called ‘shameful’

May 1, 2024

Barrie library welcomes new support to bridge gaps in the community

As part of its commitment to serving its community, a library in Downtown Barrie has introduced its first community navigator. The new community navigator will work with individuals who are experiencing issues like homelessness, unsafe housing, food insecurity, poverty, unemployment, mental health crises and addictions.

Matt Huculak | Movers & Shakers 2024—Educators

“We are in the documentation business, the memory business, and that’s a heavy responsibility.”

April 30, 2024

Morden Library says goodbye to Dorothy Martens after 33 years

A three-day come and go celebration was held last week at Morden’s South Central Regional Library to give patrons a chance to wish Dorothy Martens well on her retirement. After 33 yrs., Martens decided it was the right time to retire, but knows she will feel sad to leave a job she enjoyed so very much.

April 29, 2024

Beaconsfield banking on big financial boost for new library and cultural centre

The Beaconsfield Public Library is over 50 years old and municipal authorities say it’s outdated and too small, so they want to build a new one. Monday, both the federal government and provincial governments announced a joint grant of $3.1 million, each ponying up about $1.5 million.

April 28, 2024

‘Bit of everything’: Interest in seed libraries still growing

A staff member’s passion for gardening 10 years ago has created a legacy program that is among the most popular at the Essa Public Library.

April 27, 2024

Ottawa Book Festival Platforming Far-Right Speakers Uses Fake Employees and Misleading Sponsors

At first glance, the “Ottawa International Food and Book Expo” might sound like any other ordinary event on the social calendars of local foodies and bookworms. But not only will this year’s event platform several far-right speakers linked to the 2022 Freedom Convoy occupation, a number of the festival’s corporate sponsors and key employees also appear to be misleading or fake.

Oxbow Public Library has a rich history

The Oxbow Public Library in February 1908 after the Public Libraries Act was passed in 1906. It only had 200 books and was located in King Edward Hall.

April 26, 2024

The ’90s called. They want their books back

When the graphic novel remake of Ann M. Martin’s book Claudia and the Bad Joke was the best-selling kids book in Canada earlier this month, it was time for bookworms to feel their hearts flutter with nostalgia. The original, part of the wildly popular The Baby-Sitters Club series, was published in 1988.

La grève dans les bibliothèques de Québec se poursuit après le rejet d’une offre

Les employés syndiqués des bibliothèques de Québec ont refusé dans une proportion de 52 % la dernière offre déposée par leur employeur, l’Institut canadien de Québec.

Hitting the AI wall: How experts are rethinking how we train A.I. systems

We’ve long talked about the data-driven turn in AI and how a Deep Learning approach has given us everything from image recognition, to ChatGPT. But what about the ongoing ethical questions about the kinds of data machines are learning on? And beyond that, what if we’re starting to…run out of data?

Smile Cookie campaign to support Innisfil, Essa libraries

Locations in Thornton, Cookstown and Tanger Outlets giving to libraries

UPEI kicks off fundraising campaign to revitalize its library

UPEI is launching a $15 million fundraising campaign to give its 49-year-old Robertson Library a facelift.

April 25, 2024

Retiring library CEO to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Steven Kraft among those to be honoured by Guelph Chamber of Commerce at 2024 Awards of Excellence June 20

TBM councillors concerned over undocumented cultural, heritage assets

Town, library/museum staff and local historical society are working together on a cultural asset inventory report that will be coming to council soon

April 24, 2024

Niagara-on-the-Lake library board in no hurry to find permanent CEO replacement

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library board has confirmed Laura Tait will be acting chief executive officer of the library for the near future.

April 23, 2024

Prince Albert Public Library says reduction of hours not in the cards, but safety of residents remains priority

Although they banned over 30 people this year for safety related reasons, the director of the Prince Albert Public Library confirmed there are no plans at this time to reduce hours.

April 19, 2024

Some Saskatoon public libraries change hours in response to assault on workers

Police say two teenage girls assaulted an employee Monday at the Carlyle King Library in Saskatoon, and now several libraries in Saskatoon are changing their hours.

‘We’ve reached a breaking point’: Saskatoon libraries reducing hours amid workplace violence

“It has reached a breaking point. These types of violent acts happen all the time in Saskatchewan libraries,” CUPE president Kent Peterson said.

April 18, 2024

Ramara library selected as Smile Cookie campaign recipient

Tim Hortons recently announced that Smile Cookie Week will take place from April 29 to May 5.

Vivian Lewis reappointed McMaster University Library leader

Vivian Lewis, who led the reopening of two campus libraries during the pandemic, with a third library currently under construction, is continuing her leadership with the new title of associate vice-president and university librarian.

April 13, 2024

Legacy preserved: Brandon Sun archives find sanctuary in Winnipeg

More than a century’s worth of the Brandon Sun’s archives have found a new permanent home in Winnipeg.

Library report charts slow but steady progress towards full accessibility

A new report charting the Ottawa Public Library’s progress towards greater accessibility shows the system making some headway on the issue but also facing a long way to go in removing barriers for those living with disabilities.

Saskatchewan sexual assault organizations look to libraries months after school ban

Last year, the Saskatchewan Party government barred third-party organizations from presenting sexual education in schools; the result is that organizations that deal with sexual assault must pivot on how they spread the word and assist teachers with many are now going to libraries but admit the result is they are reaching fewer children.

Thunder Bay Public Library increases Story Time with TBay Drag Queen frequency

The increase comes in response to an incident that occurred last month which had resulted in a cancellation of a Storytime event.

April 12, 2024

Community food pantries coming to three Wellington County libraries

A new county-wide pilot project aims to use libraries as another access point for residents experiencing food insecurity.

Could UNESCO cultural list help safeguard Indigenous heritage in Canada?

From Neapolitan pizza and Belgian beer culture to Arabic coffee, UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list protects globally cherished traditions. But Canada hasn’t signed.

Story Time with Thunder Bay Drag Queens returns after bomb threat cancels last event

Over the past two years, violence and protests have marred storytime events in various Canadian communities. But Thunder Bay Drag Queens aren’t letting that get them down — they’re making a comeback starting this weekend after a bomb threat forced cancellation of last month’s event in the northwestern Ontario city.

Windsor library administration, union at odds over plan for Sunday hours

Windsorites might soon get public library hours on Sundays. But the union representing workers says those hours will come at the expense of others — even as the library board chair says that’s not true.

April 11, 2024

Federal government used AI in hundreds of initiatives, new research database shows

Canada’s federal government has used artificial intelligence in nearly 300 projects and initiatives, new research has found — including to help predict the outcome of tax cases, sort temporary visa applications and promote diversity in hiring.

Milton library looks to outfit prom-goers this spring

Prom season is just around the corner – a special time for hundreds of young Miltonians. But what if the cost of outfitting yourself for that memorable night is just too burdensome?

Ottawa Public Library received $750K from Friends of OPL

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is receiving a major gift amounting to $750,000 to support the new central library and joint facility with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Ādisōke.

April 10, 2024

Kitchener Public Library announces Darren Solomon as new CEO

The Kitchener Public Library has hired Darren Solomon, the former CEO of the Richmond Hill Public Library, as its new chief executive officer.

April 9, 2024

Brock appoints next University Librarian

Nicole Nolan has been appointed Brock’s next University Librarian.

Public libraries foster feelings of social connectedness for older adults

Older adults hold an intimate relationship with their public library branch — a relationship that typically spans the course of their lives.

April 8, 2024

Medical libraries are essential. So why are imposing cuts on them?

Medical libraries and their staff are essential for supporting frontline workers. But they’re currently under threat.

April 7, 2024

Rural N.S. libraries narrowly avoid service cuts

Rising costs have pushed a group of public libraries in Nova Scotia to the brink of service cuts, but a last-minute injection of money from local and provincial governments will allow them to keep going for another year.

April 6, 2024

School divisions prohibited from supporting Dolly Parton project

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) needs additional partners to support this year’s program financially, but Holy Trinity Catholic School Division in Moose Jaw won’t be one because it’s prohibited from using taxpayers’ money for such causes.

April 3, 2024

London Public Library cuts Sunday hours weeks after budget ask declined

The London Public Library has suspended Sunday service for the rest of the year, according to a statement from library officials that was posted to the library website and social media.

April 1, 2024

County funds new hire for pilot project helping vulnerable people at Collingwood library

Collingwood Public Library recipient of a $35K grant through County of Simcoe to hire part-time human services navigator

More funding needed for provincial libraries and museums, says Cochrane councillor

‘As a community hub, the library is one of the rare places in town where you can spend the entire day inside without spending a single dollar’

March 31, 2024

Les bibliothèques de semences germent partout au Québec

Les bibliothèques de semences sont populaires comme jamais au Québec. Seulement à Montréal, une demi-douzaine de nouveaux sites de distribution vont voir le jour cette année.

Why Indigenous people are fighting for data sovereignty

Indigenous communities say they are fighting against data practices that erase them, taking back control of their data and using it to tell their histories.

March 30, 2024

Can we trust news from wire services?

This month’s column will delve into how wire services operate, why news organizations such as The Globe use them and whether their coverage is trustworthy

March 29, 2024

La Broquerie ponders new library, joining $190-million wastewater plant

The library is currently in École Saint-Joachim, the DSFM French-language school in town. During the school year, it is reserved for students and staff only until after kids go home at 3:30 p.m.

March 28, 2024

Cape Breton Regional Municipality in need of new central library

The James McConnell Memorial Library in downtown Sydney, N.S., is nearly 64-years-old, and some feel it’s time for a new chapter.

Strong reactions to firing of NOTL library’s Cathy Simpson

Members of the public are questioning the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library board’s handling of the fallout from a column written by its now-ousted CEO and chief librarian.

This Toronto librarian started a rude cross stitching program — and it’s full every time

Rude cross-stitching, a once-a-month, 18-plus program at the Parkdale branch, is packed with those who want to ditch the flowers and embrace the edgy.

Trail and District Public Library introduces mini-library locker

The locker is stocked with a diverse collection of materials for adults and children, as well as engaging games for families that can be checked out at any time, fee-free, with a Trail library card.

Why Lakehead University renamed its Indigenous resource centre in Thunder Bay

Formerly called the Northern Studies Resource Centre, the Indigenous Elders Council has given Lakehead University’s Indigenous resource centre a new name: Nanda Gikendan Gamik, or ‘Seek to Know, Seek to Learn Place.’ It’s part of growing efforts across Canada to decolonize educational spaces.

March 27, 2024

Lakehead University unveils name of new Indigenous cultural and resource centre

Going forward the centre will be known as Nanda Gikendan Gamik, which means seek to know, seek to learn place.

‘Reclamation of identity’: Sask. libraries updating terminology to reflect Truth and Reconciliation

Saskatchewan’s libraries are working to update the way people search for information, related to Indigenous peoples.

March 26, 2024

E-books enrich the role of libraries as community centres

E-books are valuable for ease of accessibility to learning, and in recent decades, have replenished the traditional role of libraries to become the community centers that they are.

Geoffrey Little named new vice-provost and chief librarian

Geoffrey Robert Little has been named the new vice-provost and chief librarian of Western Libraries. His five-year term begins July 22. Little comes to Western from Concordia University, where he’s held a series of leadership roles, including his current position as associate university librarian for scholarly communication.

Library classes aim to make beading accessible in Maskwacis

Beading classes at the Maskwacis Public Library might be focused on teaching the basics now, but students are preparing to use those skills on some big projects — including their own regalia.

March 25, 2024

‘Really excited’: Guelph books $13.5 million from Canadian government for new public library downtown

Mayor Cam Guthrie said the $13.5 million in funding, and the new library, will directly help the city meet its target to cut greenhouse emissions 63 per cent by 2030 and become a net-zero community by 2050 or sooner.

Springwater library board counters ‘misconceptions’ at council

Library chair says township council has no legal authority to potentially contract out services for an existing library system

March 24, 2024

Franco-Ontarian with Sudbury roots to helm LU library

Laurentian University is welcoming a new librarian. Danielle Dennie, who currently serves as head of the Vanier Library at Concordia University in Montreal, will begin her five-year term at the J.N. Desmarais Library on July 1.

REMEMBER THIS? Library blamed for unwed pregnancies

Sault Ste. Marie Public Library’s sexy books blamed for all 47 illegitimate births in 1936

March 22, 2024

The unjust firing of Ontario librarian who challenged DEI orthodoxy

The Executive Director of Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) defends her organization and fired Niagara-on-the-Lake library CEO Cathy Simpson.

March 21, 2024

Library rolls out ‘toolkits’ for parents, educators to teach youngsters about race

London Public Library has created a new resource for teachers and parents to inspire learning about race for children as young as babies.

March 20, 2024

Ban loitering? Report recommends changes to deter drug use at Peterborough Public Library

Reports also calls for planting thorny bushes and altering benches outside library so people can’t sleep on them

Mayor calls them ‘sad, pathetic individuals’; St. Catharines councillor asks peers to stand against hate in wake of drag storytime protest

‘There are too many in our community who are being targeted with hate, accusations and out and out lies every single day’

NOTL’s chief librarian fired over column in The Lake Report

Cathy Simpson, the CEO of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, was fired Tuesday morning over the controversial content of an op-ed column published by The Lake Report.

Online reviews are increasingly fake, say researchers. Here’s why, and how to spot them

We turn to online reviews to help with everything from shopping for shoes to finding a dentist. But a former U.S. federal criminal investigator says so many reviews are fake — written by people paid to post — that she no longer believes anyone should rely on them.

Only medical library of its kind closes in Canada

CBC (Vancouver) Radio’s interview with Amanda Ross-White, vice-president of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) on the closure of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia Library and efforts to reverse that decision.

March 19, 2024

Take out bees with your books at this West Vancouver library

The West Vancouver Memorial Library is lending out mason bees to local residents so they can establish their own colonies at home.

March 18, 2024

Une alerte à la bombe a forcé l’annulation de l’heure du conte drag à Thunder Bay

Des résidents de Thunder Bay se rallient à la communauté LGBTQ+ après une menace à la bombe proférée contre une heure du conte animée par des drag queens.

Community responds to bomb threat made at Thunder Bay Drag Queen Storytime event

People are rallying around Thunder Bay’s LGBTQ2+ community after a bomb threat was made against a Drag Queen Storytime event that was scheduled to happen over the weekend.

Les plaintes contre les livres de bibliothèque sont en hausse au Canada

La bibliothèque publique d’Edmonton a observé une hausse d’environ 10 plaintes en deux ans.

March 16, 2024

Niagara-on-the-Lake chief librarian under fire for column supporting controversial U.S. group

Cathy Simpson’s column chronicled Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism’s support of Freedom to Read Week, but opponents say group is anti-LGBTQ

March 15, 2024

Can we put a watermark on reality?

In an age of misinformation and generative AI, how do we know if anything we read or hear is even real anymore? From the latest trends in internet search to watermarking images to (re)establishing trust in journalism, we examine the role of proof in a post-truth world.

Edmonton Public Library says tentative deal reached with union, libraries to stay open

The EPL said all libraries will stay open after it reached a tentative agreement with Civic Service Union 52.

Getting an education lowers a prisoner’s likelihood of reoffending. So why does Canada make it nearly impossible for inmates to take online courses?

Taking university or college courses inside Canadian prisons has become extremely difficult — and in some cases impossible — because the federal government does not allow prisoners access to the internet, while paper correspondence courses have been almost entirely eliminated.

March 14, 2024

Petition calls to keep health library open, accessible to doctors in B.C.

Amanda Ross-White, vice-president of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, has launched a petition on change.org in hopes of reversing the closure of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. Library. The petition has garnered more than 9,200 signiatures as of Thursday.

March 13, 2024

Area library accused of ‘censorship’ after axing film screening

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library’s decision to cancel a screening of the film 200 Meters is facing some backlash.

Is book banning coming to Canada? Libraries, book stores, authors watching closely

Thousands of books were banned in the U.S. last year and the Surrey school district recently removed four classics from its recommended reading curriculum

The Jake Epp hires new Library Director

Emmalyn Latigay comes to Steinbach with nine-years library experience. She has her Bachelors of Library and Information Science from the Philippines, and because there is no Bachelor program in Canada, she is also currently continuing her studies towards her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Alberta.

Winnipeg Millennium Library, more than just a library, might close Sundays

At the Millennium Library, ‘we have library staff that can help with resumes, filling out forms, or basic computer help. We have community crisis workers.’

You can now borrow a sensory support kit at the Yellowknife Public Library

The kits, purchased from Autism Canada, are part of an effort to make the library more inclusive to neurodivergent people.

March 10, 2024

Small group of screaming protesters barge into Drag Queen Storytime at St. Catharines library

A group of anti-2SLGBTQ protesters tried to interrupt a planned event at the St. Catharines Public Library Saturday yelling and screaming profanity in front of many small children, frightening many.

‘We deserve better’: Demonstrators demand more funding, Sunday hours for Winnipeg libraries

Library lovers hoped to mark a new chapter this weekend, in what they called their final pitch to city council to adequately fund libraries across Winnipeg.

March 8, 2024

Regina Public Library broadens search for central library sites

The Regina Public Library’s CEO says the board is gauging the market to see if there are other possibilities for the location of the new central library.

Rouyn-Noranda prend en charge la gestion de la bibliothèque municipale

La bibliothèque municipale de Rouyn-Noranda sera gérée par la Ville et non plus par un organisme à but non lucratif.

March 6, 2024

The PWHL makes me feel seen and inspires me to become a sports archivist

Growing up, Sali Lafrenie didn’t have many sports role models who looked like her, but watching the PWHL’s inaugural season has made her feel seen. And now she wants to help other racialized athletes and archivists feel that way, too.

March 5, 2024

Bradford library launches Ontario’s 1st gender-affirming closet

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library is embracing expression by offering the first gender-affirming closet in Ontario – an initiative adapted from libraries in the United States.

Library staff denounce anti-LGBTQ graffiti outside 2 London branches

London police are investigating after anti-LGBTQ graffiti was written in chalk on sidewalks outside of two local library branches Tuesday.

March 4, 2024

Halton Hills library evolves into community hub since inception 50 years ago

‘It’s that space where people can congregate, they can hang out with friends and just feel really seen within their community,’ says library staff

London library ‘almost fully recovered’ from ransomware attack, CEO says

London Public Library officials say things have largely returned to normal at the organization since December’s ransomware attack, however the full scope of the incident, which saw some employee data compromised, remains unclear.

March 1, 2024

Challenges to library materials rising in Canada

Attempts to censor public library materials are on the rise in Canada, and books containing 2SLGBTQI+ and sexual health education content top the list of most challenged materials.

Début de la grève des employés de bibliothèque de Québec

Les 240 employés de l’Institut canadien de Québec, l’organisme qui gère le réseau municipal de bibliothèques, sont en grève générale illimitée depuis vendredi matin.

Renfrew County District School Board welcomes Karthi Rajamani to the team

The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) is delighted to announce the appointment of Karthi Rajamani as the new Trustee for the Petawawa area, succeeding the late Bryon Morris.

February 29, 2024

How the Toronto library is recovering from a cyberattack, one book at a time

Hundreds of thousands of books have been freed from a months-long purgatory as scores of staffers race to get them out of storage and back on shelves following a cyberattack that felled the Toronto Public Library’s computer systems in October.

Senate committee hears from information commissioner on residential schools records access

A Senate committee examining barriers to the release of records of deaths at residential schools heard Tuesday that federal departments and agencies should make information disclosure processes more accessible and informal.

February 27, 2024

1 million books and 4 months later, Toronto’s library recovers from a cyberattack

More than four months after a ransomware attack shut down the Toronto Public Library’s computer systems, staff are finally putting a million stranded books back on the shelves.

February 26, 2024

Court hits B.C. lawyer with costs over fake AI-generated cases, despite no intent to deceive

The case is thought to be the first instance of fictitious AI-generated cases making their way into the Canadian legal system, and potentially precedent-setting.

Grève dans les bibliothèques de Québec

Une grève illimitée sera déclenchée le 1er mars dans les 26 bibliothèques de la Ville de Québec.

Mild weather brings fewer incidents at Collingwood library

‘When the weather is severe, we have more people in our space which increases the potential for incidents,’ said library CEO

February 24, 2024

‘Everyone matters’: Bradford library opens gender-affirming closet

Pilot project, sponsored by The Clothes Line thrift shop, will be available until June; people will be able to sort through free clothing and accessories to help them explore their identities

How one of Toronto’s busiest libraries is recovering after the cyber attack

The Albion branch of the TPL services more than 18 area schools and universities.

Renovations will double the size of McCormick library branch

Waterloo Public Library’s smallest branch is more than 50 years old and is just 3,000 square feet.

February 23, 2024

City budget (so far): Library budget boosted but troubles loom, CEO warns

After council granted the London Public Library a bump to their base budget this year, branch closings and less service hours are off the table for now, but not forever, the library says.

City plans to increase number of library branches open seven days a week

Seven more Winnipeg libraries will be open seven days a week most of the year under a new budget proposal to expand hours of operation, following long-standing complaints about a lack of access.

Expansions to Winnipeg library hours, collections, security put forth in city’s draft budget

This year will mark a new chapter in library access for Winnipeggers as the city says it plans to expand the hours, collections and security at all branches.

Extended library hours to help the vulnerable

Greater Sudbury has received a federal grant to enhance services for the unsheltered at the library.

Pembina Trails’ plan to reassign librarians panned

Librarians are pushing back against the Pembina Trails School Division’s cost-cutting pitch to reassign their school-based colleagues to classrooms.

The Blue Mountains Library CEO will join multi-use rec facility group with Collingwood

Library CEO Jennifer Murley will be added to a committee exploring the possibility of a new multi-use recreational facility/ library with Collingwood

Winnipeg library hours, materials, security to expand with cash from city budget

With about $3.4-million of help from the Manitoba Government, the City of Winnipeg’s preliminary budget is set to squeeze out over $7-million to its libraries.

February 22, 2024

Brown ‘destined’ to head up Haliburton County library service

“I really want the library to be a place where we learn to be a resilient community together. […] The world is changing and the library has always been a place for learning, where we share information and stories, and that hasn’t changed for hundreds of years.”

Sudbury library adjusting to life on the ‘front line’ of homelessness and addiction crisis

The main branch of Sudbury’s public library is extending its weekend hours thanks to funding from a federal homelessness program.

February 21, 2024

Book-ban attempts are rising in Canada. But so are the number of librarians and authors willing to fight them

As Canada marks the 40th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week, experts are highlighting the importance of students’ being free to access books from a variety of perspectives and why schools must have (and stick to) clear policies when navigating book challenges that come their way.

Une grève prévue à la réouverture de la bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy

Faute d’entente, le syndicat des employés des 26 bibliothèques de la Ville de Québec va déclencher une grève générale illimitée le 1er mars dès 7 h.

Investigation into full extent of ransomware attack on Toronto Public Library still underway

Canada’s largest public library system is still actively trying to understand the impact of a crippling cyberattack in October that shut down its website for months and likely exposed sensitive employee information.

February 20, 2024

Endangered books welcome: Enter into Ottawa Public Library’s ‘book sanctuary’

“We want to make sure our clients are exploring, questioning and engaging with different concepts, different information. One way for us to do that is by committing to making sure challenged materials will always be available.”

February 19, 2024

Foresters Falls public library to close

Officials have announced the Foresters Falls branch of the Whitewater Region Public Library is slated to close at the end of March. The tough economic times and usage numbers are to blame for the pending closure. The township’s other two libraries will remain open.

February 17, 2024

New tiny library in Aberdeen Mall proving popular for Thompson-Nicola Regional District

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library’s tiniest library has been getting a big reception from residents of South Kamloops.

February 16, 2024

The answer to book bans? Read banned books

It is up to readers to confront these challenges and bans with the assertion of the vital role that sharing information – sharing stories – plays in all of our lives

Book bannings? Not if the Ottawa Public Library has anything to say about it

In a civilized society, we don’t burn or otherwise destroy or restrict books — even when they make us feel uncomfortable.

Brantford Public Library handing out solar eclipse glasses

The Brantford Public Library will be handing out some important gear as a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event draws near.

‘Families feel welcome in our space’: Multi-sensory room supports the stressed and overstimulated in Cambridge

A new space has opened in Cambridge that helps children with sensory disorders deal with their anxiety and stress.

Food pantry opens at the Almonte library

Being on the receiving end of free food can present a stigma for some. So a library in Lanark County has opened a food pantry, inside a library.

More than what meets the eye: A Career in Library Science

UM Indigenous Intern Chloe Touzin interviews three professionals in library science

Pride-themed library books returned with ‘significant damage,’ prompting police response

Calgary police are investigating after +LGBTQ2S-themed books were returned “with significant damage” to a Calgary Public Library branch on Thursday.

February 15, 2024

Burlington Public Library budget surplus allocated

Burlington Public Library’s Central Branch infrastructure renewal, a kids learning fund and a fund for preserving history all benefit from the library’s $143,682 budget surplus from 2023.

I fell in love with Montreal on the page. Now, my ode to the city is in my local library

Arriving in Montreal as an avid reader, Sarah Gilbert was a regular at her local library in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough. Thirty years later, her book about her neighbourhood is now on its shelves.

London, Ont. budget committee increases transit, library funding

The library’s 2024 budget was amended from a 5.4 per cent increase to a 7 per cent increase, roughly $330,000.

Montreal’s Jewish Public Library puts children’s author’s books back on shelf amid backlash

The Jewish Public Library of Montreal put Élise Gravel’s books back on the shelves after being accused of censorship.

Sask. library decries censorship; to celebrate banned books

The Battleford Public Library is getting ready to process some lawbreakers next week with a mugshot station and banned book display for Freedom to Read Week.

February 14, 2024

City budget (so far): Library officials warn of cuts amid push for more funding

Amid tense talks at city hall over the 2024-27 municipal budget, the idea of limiting the London Public Library’s budget increase has drawn criticism.

A new library for Stratford could be a decade away

The Stratford Public Library building, which opened in 1903, is currently 12,472 square feet, but it should be about 20,000 square feet bigger to meet the needs of the community

Who is the New Westminster Public Library’s chief librarian?

Carolyn Caseñas has been selected as its new chief librarian in New West. Her last job was as assistant head of Simon Fraser University’s Fraser Library.

February 12, 2024

Censure des livres d’Élise Gravel : « C’est un dérapage qui vient d’une peur »

La décision de la Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal de retirer les livres de l’auteure Élise Gravel de ses étagères continue de faire des remous. Citoyens, experts et directeurs de bibliothèques publiques au Québec s’inquiètent que le phénomène de censure « importé des États-Unis » – visant particulièrement les livres jeunesse – s’installe dans la province.

Evolving beyond books: The transformative role of public libraries into community buildings

The role of the public library is evolving. While providing free access to a diverse range of books remains a vital mission, in a world where information is available 24/7, libraries are assuming a distinct role in our community – that of a third space community center.

Toronto Public Library reinstates circulation, hold services following ransomware attack

Several services will resume this week at the Toronto Public Library (TPL) following a major ransomware attack last October.

February 11, 2024

Censure à la Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal

Près d’une centaine de personnes ont manifesté dimanche leur appui à l’autrice Elise Gravel, dont les livres ont été retirés des rayons de la Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal.

Pro-Palestinian protesters demand library put author’s books back on shelves

Some members of Montreal’s Jewish community are denouncing ‘censorship’ after Élise Gravel, one of Quebec’s most popular children’s book authors, was accused of antisemitism in her online posts.

February 10, 2024

These books were challenged at Ottawa’s libraries last year

Challenges cited allegations of racism and hatred, as well as supposedly inaccurate or age-inappropriate content, but all were rejected.

Transmettre la culture aux bambins en milieu minoritaire francophone depuis 25 ans

Deux générations de Franco-Ontariens de moins de 4 ans ont été influencées par l’heure du conte de Francine Denis, bibliothécaire jeunesse à Timmins.

February 9, 2024

EPL workers vote to strike, city and library prepare for lockout

Edmonton Public Library workers have voted to strike and other civic workers could soon do the same as they prepare for potential lockouts.

Kamloops library usage up 12 per cent last year, with popularity growing for tiny library addition

Reading’s not dead, according to the Thompson Nicola Regional Library system. Stats from 2023 show libraries in the Kamloops area were well used.

Mount A library about to get first reno in 54 years – but students dig the ’70s vibe

Built in 1970, the Ralph Pickard Bell Library on the Mount Allison University campus in Sackville, N.B., has a certain charm with students, but needs an upgrade to keep current.

Mount Allison to modernize its 54-year-old library

Mount Allison University is renovating and modernizing its 54-year old campus library. The idea is to remodel the Ralph Pickard Bell Library building, constructed in 1970, making it better equipped and accessible for future students and faculty.

February 8, 2024

Censure à la Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal

La Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal vient de mettre Une patate à vélo ainsi qu’une trentaine de livres d’Elise Gravel à l’index.

February 7, 2024

‘Connected and engaged’: Library honoured for service to seniors

Special program provides free monthly activity kits to community’s older residents

Discussion on Victoria Avenue library use as potential homeless shelter raises alarm bells

The Niagara Falls Public Library board has issued an open letter to provide “context and clarification” about city council’s recent discussion about potential use of the library’s main Victoria Avenue branch as a homeless shelter.

Libraries are more than just books, patrons say as board eyes closing 2 branches with budget shortfall

The Carson and Glanworth branches of the London Public Library (LPL) both face the threat of permanent closure without more funding within the municipal budget, which could also include reducing hours at other branches.

Niagara-on-the-Lake library board questions spending on electronic resources

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Board raised concerns about shifting money from buying physical books to focusing on electronic resources.

Quebec children’s author rejects accusations of antisemitism as books removed from library’s shelves

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs calls Élise Gravel’s online posts antisemitic. Montreal’s Jewish Public Library has removed her books from its open shelves. Gravel says she is being harassed but won’t stay quiet.

Reading between the lines: Queerness and print culture in Vancouver

Print media allowed 2SLGBTQIA+ people to communicate efficiently and anonymously, sometimes hiding in plain sight when it would have been dangerous — or illegal — to be out. UBC’s Queer Collections Project aims to make this media accessible to students.

‘Still unresolved’: Union responds to Bradford library deal

Despite finding some “significant raises” for workers at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library, a recent arbitration decision also “leaves many issues unresolved,” according to the workers’ union.

February 6, 2024

County, township asked to mull merging Port Lambton, Sombra libraries

Lambton County and St. Clair Township officials are being asked to consider consolidating the Port Lambton and Sombra libraries.

Library moving ahead with future centralization plans

Officials with the Thunder Bay Public Library will have to look elsewhere for funding to hire an outside consultant to explore a potential Intercity Shopping Centre location.

Niagara-on-the-Lake library board will take a ‘wait and see’ approach to amalgamation

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library board does not have an official stance on any proposed amalgamation for the Niagara region.

Parry Sound-Muskoka libraries getting internet funding boost

Funding is available to 155 eligible public libraries that serve communities of 20,000 or less.

Service cuts loom after library, London Transit shortchanged in mayor’s budget

The mayor’s budget gave the library money for capital improvements, but reduced their base budget and rejected other increases.

Union for Bradford library staff says new deal has major holes

The union representing Bradford West Gwillimbury’s library staff is speaking out over a recently imposed contract.

‘Unsafe conditions’ keep London library branch with leaky roof closed

Still recovering from a cyberattack that crippled its services, London Public Library has been forced to shutter a branch due to a leaky roof.

Winnipeg Jeopardy! champ returning to the iconic game show

Winnipeg librarian Emma Hill Kepron is set to return to the iconic game show once again.

February 5, 2024

Brant council rejects motion to delay new library amid outcry

County of Brant community members burst into applause on Thursday afternoon after councillors rejected a motion that would halt progress on a new main library branch.

Grey Highlands new chief librarian cares about strengthening communities

Eleni Hughes brings a high level of leadership competence, and a track record of team-driven innovation as the new CEO of Grey Highlands Public Library.

Libraries want $300K to expand collections

A proposed $1.5-million budget increase for Halifax Public Libraries would include funding more licences for e-books and e-audiobooks, which have been in demand since the pandemic.

Warning: This content is banned

Some stories aren’t just lost to history, they are erased

Windsor librarian Kate Reynolds on why Elmo’s simple question struck a chord

When the Twitter account for Elmo, the beloved children’s puppet, asked last week “how is everyone doing?” the response was immediate — and overwhelming. The question revealed that, well, many people are not doing well. Windsor librarian Kate Reynolds on why this simple question struck such a chord, and about the allure of children’s literature.

February 3, 2024

Glendon officially opens public library

The grand opening of the community’s first public library, housed in the K-12 school, was a time of celebration.

Millennium Library user praises community hub as advocates criticize councillor’s call to move it

Advocates are criticizing calls a Winnipeg councillor made to relocate a community hub inside the city’s biggest library that connects people with social supports.

February 2, 2024

180 millions pour une bibliothèque centrale à Laval

Laval aura bientôt une nouvelle bibliothèque centrale, doublée d’un centre de création artistique, un projet de 180 millions qui aura pignon sur rue près de la station de métro Montmorency.

Council approves library budget but denies consultant request

The Thunder Bay Public Library received a yes for its $6.9 million budget for 2024. TBPL representatives were requesting $150,000 to hire an outside consultant to explore a potential Intercity mall location.

Councillor vows to fight for library during city budget deliberations

One London councillor is vowing to fight for the library during city hall budget talks, after the proposed spending plan gave it about a quarter of what it was seeking and denied other additional asks.

Federal departments violated privacy directive, committee hears

Canada’s privacy commissioner appeared Thursday before a parliamentary committee looking into the federal government’s use of tools capable of extracting personal data from mobile phones, computers and tablets.

Laval is getting a new library and cultural centre

The City of Laval is getting a new library and cultural centre, with the Quebec government contributing $44 million to the project.

Mississippi Mills Public Library collects provincial awards

MMPL CEO, MMPL-led Lanark Libraries STEM Program and MMPL Accreditation recognized at the annual Ontario Library Conference

Supreme Court rules Premier Doug Ford’s mandate letters to be kept secret

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Ontario government does not have to disclose Premier Doug Ford’s mandate letters in a unanimous decision issued Friday.

‘Very fair’ deal now binds Bradford library, workers

Bradford’s unionized library workers finally have their first collective agreement almost 18 months after negotiations began in September 2022.

West Lincoln Public Library looking for more provincial funding

West Lincoln Public Library officials say programs will be affected without an increase in provincial funding.

February 1, 2024

City could check out Barrie Public Library through ‘value-for-money audit’

‘We’re being told we don’t have any money and we’re going to cut materials and we’re going to cut services. That is a public trust piece that we need to figure out,’ says mayor

Contract for Bradford library staff finalized

Months after they were ordered back to work, staff at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library (BWGPL) have a new collective agreement.

Durham Region libraries win awards for 2023 Drag Queen Storytimes

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is honouring Durham Region’s libraries, as well as the Durham Children’s Aid Society (CAS), for hosting another successful season of Drag Queen Storytime events.

From sanctuary to haven, this church-turned-library is uniting Quebec’s diverse communities

Quebec City’s Maison de la littérature provides programs for immigrants and artists, regardless of faith

How ideological book censorship is threatening Canadian libraries

Well-written children’s books do not cause harm. They entertain, illuminate, enlighten and educate. They carry the legacy of our culture, the history of our societies, and the seeds of our future growth. To inspire a lifelong love of reading, we need libraries with shelves sagging under the weight of their collections. The real harm lies in destroying books.

Library’s future bright

The Prince George Public Library has been up and running since 1955, moving to its current location in 1981.

Mandat de grève approuvé pour les bibliothèques de Québec

Sans entente satisfaisante avec l’employeur, les 26 établissements pourraient fermer leurs portes à titre de moyen de pression.

Nova Scotia’s information commissioner ‘very frustrated’ by current system

Nova Scotia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Tricia Ralph is calling for a culture change within government departments and other public bodies subject to the law.

Port Colborne library CEO retiring after 30-plus years

Susan Therrien has been with Port Colborne Public Library since being hired part time in 1993. She is retiring as chief executive officer on Feb. 29.

Space for vulnerable folks should be separate from library: councillor

A Winnipeg city councillor says the community connections space, which supports vulnerable people, should eventually be moved out of the downtown Millennium Library.

Thunder Bay Public Library seeks extra $150K to help plan new central library location

The Thunder Bay Public Library is gearing up for discussions this June about its proposed central library location, but says it needs consultants to do some legwork ahead of time. Here’s what councillors had to say about the library’s request for extra cash as budget deliberations continue.

January 31, 2024

‘Confident’ new library will be completed, CEO felt it was time to retire

‘It’s time to hand the reins to the next generation,” says Steven Kraft, who’s spent 41 years with Guelph Public Library

Library CEO adds voice for more funding

The Thunder Bay Public Library is arguing its case for more provincial funding.

UPEI Building Review: The Robertson Library

The story of the Robertson Library is a story as old as the University itself.

Wait for FOI requests in B.C. the worst its been in 13 years: commissioner

Province only meeting 30-day benchmark in about 50% of access to information requests, report finds

Winnipeg library security incidents down after safety enhancements, report says

Security incidents are down at all Winnipeg libraries and attendance numbers are up at all branches, except downtown’s Millennium Library, according to a new city report.

January 30, 2024

After 41 years with the Guelph Public Library, CEO Steven Kraft is stepping down

Efforts to find a new CEO for Guelph Public Library are expected to begin soon, following Tuesday’s announcement that Steven Kraft will retire at the end of next month.

January 29, 2024

Discovering The 2SLGBTQI+ Archives That Are Keeping Queer History Alive Across Canada

From Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia to the Northwest Territories, there are several archives across Canada dedicated to preserving, educating, providing access and showcasing the diversity of the 2SLGBTQI+ experience in Canada.

Hamilton Public Library’s Valley Park branch earns LEED Gold certification

The Valley Park branch of the Hamilton Public Library has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, which recognizes its sustainable design and solidifying its position in the community as a key educational facility.

Toronto Public Library website back online after ransomware attack

Canada’s largest library system said it expects its network of 2,000 public computers, its online catalogue and the “Your Account” feature to be available next month.

January 28, 2024

Devastating cyberattack on Toronto Public Library shows how much it still means to the city

They can try to defeat the Toronto Public Library, but they can’t succeed, writes Shawn Micallef.

Opinion: Students go to the library for services, not silence

Repercussions from the lack of ‘third places’ fall on libraries

January 27, 2024

Hamilton library seeks 4.4 per cent budget boost

Security, social work help Hamilton Public Library meet challenges

January 25, 2024

Kitchener Public Library workers vote to unionize

Workers at the Kitchener Public Library have voted to unionize and join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Okanagan Regional Library says wait times for books impacted by large platforms

Large platforms like social media, celebrity book clubs or even talk shows could impact wait times at your local library.

January 22, 2024

Mediation over between city and library workers; union to discuss striking

City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Library employees will discuss striking after seeing what they describe as a “lack of commitment” from the city during contract negotiations.

Saskatoon Public Library CEO steps down

Carol Cooley has resigned as Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) director of libraries & CEO.

January 21, 2024

U of T librarians’ 45-year battle for updated labour policies has come to an end

On December 18, 2023, the University of Toronto’s librarians received what seems like an early Christmas present — a negotiated settlement that saw a retroactive pay rise, increased job security, and improvements in working conditions.

Yukon seed library distributing more seed packages than ever

The Yukon seed library has had its most prolific year, distributing a record number of seed packets to eager local gardeners.

January 19, 2024

Toronto Public Library gradually recovering from hack, more services back in February

Canada’s largest public library system is gradually restoring more of its services after an October cyberattack brought down its website and likely exposed sensitive employee information.

January 15, 2024

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Librarians may not look like social workers, and they’re not. But they’ve become pivotal partners to support and connect those who have fallen through the cracks of the system.

January 14, 2024

Book It: Lending library launches in Oshawa

Oshawa Public Libraries has a new way for people to get their book fix with the launch of the library lending machine.

Declining use closes the book on community library in Florence

A community library in Cape Breton is slated to close in March due to declining use. The J. Wesley Stubbert Library has been a staple of the community of Florence for 73 years. But there have been days in recent years with no visitors.

How much longer will we be able to buy digital music?

Digital music downloads helped save the recorded music industry from piracy and illegal filing sharing. But with the rise of streaming, what will happen to paid downloads?

January 13, 2024

Not just for kids. Fredericton library expands story time to seniors’ homes

A new program by the Fredericton Public Library aims to bring the joy of story time to local senior’s homes.

January 12, 2024

Cyberattaque : des milliers de livres entreposés dans des remorques à Toronto

Les bibliothèques de Toronto entreposent des milliers de livres dans 12 remorques de camion, après une cyberattaque en octobre qui a paralysé ses services.

Inflation, security costs among library ‘challenges’ in 2024: CEO

‘We have security guards in place, but they’re not always the ones who are best suited to meet those challenges,’ says Barrie Public Library CEO Lauren Jessop

Librarians propose provincewide digital library

It could offer things like job and language training, or tutoring help — something small libraries can’t do today, librarians say

London library almost fully recovered from cyberattack, no ransom paid

London Public Library did not pay any money to hackers behind a major cyberattack that crippled their systems and key services: officials

N.W.T.’s access-to-information system slow and frustrating, users say

Understaffing and a lack of government transparency are interfering with a system designed to hold public bodies accountable and keep the public informed, according to some who use the N.W.T.’s access to information system.

Surprising reasons to be optimistic in 2024

Sure, the tech we use every day is littered with disinformation, bad behaviour and privacy violations…but it’s not all bad news! To mark the 600th episode of Spark, we look at the surprising reasons to be optimistic in 2024 — from quantum computing to learning from video games.

January 11, 2024

$105K cash injection to Guelph library to help address digital inequities

Money to help pay for a number of initiatives to address digital inequalities arising from the pandemic

Ontario school boards grapple with use of the N-word in books

Books that contain the N-word can no longer be used in a number of Ontario classrooms, or be kept on school library shelves — unless they are written by Black authors — as school boards work to ensure students aren’t being exposed to offensive slurs while learning.

Toronto Public Library storing returned books at 12 trailers off site in wake of cyberattack

The Toronto Public Library says it is storing returned books at 12 trailers off site as it works “tirelessly” to restore services as quickly as possible following an October cyberattack.

January 8, 2024

Meet Crystal Mark, McMaster Libraries’ first diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility strategist

Crystal Mark talks about her early goals for this role, how she plans to connect with the McMaster community, and why her work matters.

January 7, 2024

Westmount Public Library, one of Canada’s oldest, is celebrating 125 years

The Westmount Public Library is celebrating its 125th year in 2024. Through renovations and an expansion, one thing hasn’t changed: it’s a gathering place for all.

January 4, 2024

Business resources to library spaces through community partnership

Kingston Economic Development says they are excited to announce a partnership with Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) aiming to empower the community through a series of monthly workshops and a unique Business Book Club. The groups say this collaboration aims to inspire entrepreneurship and enhance digital literacy among individuals and businesses in Kingston.

Company successful in ATIPP court case against Yukon gov’t after refusal to disclose car accident data

The case is the first access-to-information appeal to go before a court under the Yukon’s new Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which came into effect in April 2021.

Grande Prairie Public Library hires new library Director

The Grande Prairie Public Library has named Hailey McCullough as its new Library Director.

Ontario healthcare providers now face possible fines for ‘severe’ data privacy violations

Healthcare providers covered by Ontario’s privacy law have an extra incentive to follow provincial data protection regulations: They now face administrative fines for serious violations of the provincial law, up to a maximum of $50,000 for individuals and $500,000 for organizations that violate the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).

Why I can’t wait for the public library to be back online

The fallout of ransomware attacks is not just a privacy challenge; it’s a social equity challenge and these attacks are getting more sophisticated and more frequent.

January 3, 2024

Au Manitoba, un avertissement accompagnera des archives blessantes pour les Autochtones

Les institutions d’archives du Manitoba incluront désormais un avertissement pour les documents contenant du langage désuet et potentiellement blessant pour les Autochtones. Cependant, il n’est pas question de modifier ou de retirer l’accès à ces documents, qui portent un héritage historique et témoignent du chemin parcouru par la société.

Employee data compromised in cyberattack at London Public Library

The personal information of some employees was compromised in a cyberattack that targeted London Public Library and caused widespread system outages in mid-December, library officials said in a statement Wednesday evening.

Greater Victoria Public Library to scrap fines and wipe out old debts

The Greater Victoria Public Library is the latest system to eliminate fines for overdue books and wipe out all existing late fines.

Hackers obtained personal information of employees: London Public Library

Hackers behind the cyberattack on London Public Library obtained the personal information of some employees, but there’s no indication the personal information of patrons has been compromised, the library says.

Outdated, hurtful historical language now comes with a warning at Manitoba archival institutions

Archival organizations guard the historical record, protecting documents that detail the path society has travelled, but what happens when that content is rife with outdated terms and distasteful labels damaging to Indigenous people?

Regina Public Library and Family Service Regina expand counselling services

The free rapid-access counselling services are offered in partnership with Family Service Regina’s Thrive Rapid-Access Counselling.

January 3, 2024

All branches open as London Public Library continues recovery from cyberattack

The London Public Library is hopeful all its services will be up and running again by the end of the week, as three smaller branches shuttered by a cyberattack finally reopen.

THEN AND NOW: Good things grow at Midland Public Library

Until 1967, library building housed a post office, customs office and steamship inspection office and licensing facility

December 31, 2023

Drag performer slur perpetuates myths, Ont. judge rules, defamation suit advances

A recent Ontario court ruling signals people using dangerous anti-LGBTQ slurs can’t hide behind certain free speech protections to shield themselves from legal accountability, a lawyer for a drag performer said.

December 30, 2023

Citizenship in the age of data: The critical role of libraries for digital literacy

Digital literacy is crucial for the public to understand the changes in our lives. To date, we’ve largely underplayed one widely available and publicly accessible avenue to a digitally literate public: libraries.

Jolys Regional Library excited for continued impact of over $50,000 in grants

The Jolys Regional Library received two $25,000 grants from the Manitoba Sports Culture and Heritage, among other funding. They have put the money towards upgrading their space, workstations and books.

December 29, 2023

Bring a little more balance to your digital life in 2024

Is it possible to control our compulsive—and reflexive—use of our digital tech so we can savour the space for rest, relaxation and restoration? We offer a start of the year check up, exploring tech overuse and how to restore some balance to our busy, digital lives.

When it rains, it pours at London Public Library: Cyberattack, now leaky roof

As if a cyberattack was not enough, London Public Library called in a company Friday to clean up after a flood of water on the main branch’s third floor.

December 27, 2023

For London library officials, cyberattack underscores need for budget hike

London Public Library’s CEO says he is deeply concerned about the state of its infrastructure – including the digital services crippled in a recent cyberattack – as it struggles to keep its buildings and services from further decline.

December 26, 2023

Fredericton airport teams up with library to open a ‘Flybrary’ for travellers

While thousands of people will be travelling throughout the holiday season, the Fredericton International Airport has teamed up with a local library in hopes of improving the waiting experience of passengers.

December 21, 2023

New pilot projects launched to help unhoused Montrealers through winter months

“BanQ will have a new social worker inside the library to build bridges with the homeless people.”

December 20, 2023

County of Brant Public Library launches overdose harm reduction program

The County of Brant Public Library, in partnership with the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU), and as part of the Ontario Naloxone Program, tis now offering free naloxone kits to the community.

London Public Library still working to restore systems following cyberattack

A number of digital services remain down at the London Public Library following a cyberattack on Dec. 13.

Overdue: does Moncton need a 2nd public library?

Moncton is asking residents, in partnership with the library, to take a survey that asks a number of broad questions, including whether more branches are needed.

“Terrible inequity” seen in library fee structure

Every child should be able to borrow a book from the local library.

December 19, 2023

Bradford library workers still without collective agreement

‘It was like we didn’t even go on strike. Nothing has changed,’ says worker who noted tension, resentment and low morale among staff

Libraries feeding those in need

Local libraries have more than just books on their shelves, some are stocking up on essential supplies for those in need.

Library in Hay River, N.W.T., removes chairs to stop being a ‘hangout warming shelter’

In the small town of Hay River, N.W.T., library staff say loitering has become a big problem and they’re taking extraordinary measures to deal with it.

Meet the Weyburn Public Library’s new Branch Manager Dawn Silver

There’s a new Branch Manager at the Weyburn Public Library, Dawn Silver. Having spent most of her career in library services, Silver said she has been impressed by our facility and its programmers.

Perth County libraries nourish both minds and bodies with free food services

Libraries in Perth County are going beyond the literary realm to address food insecurity in their communities.

December 18, 2023

Hay River library removes seating over loitering concerns

“It was getting past the point where the library could cope.” To combat loitering, staff at Hay River’s library tried something new: removing all the seats.

December 17, 2023

E-readers were supposed to kill printed books. Instead, they’re booming

When e-readers like the Amazon Kindle burst onto the scene, they were predicted to bring about the death of the print book — and maybe the independent bookstore too. But publishing sales data and on the ground observations from booksellers indicate that neither prediction has come true.

December 15, 2023

2 experts explain why libraries can become cybercrime targets

Two days after London’s Public Library suffered a “major systems outage” shutting down everything from the library’s website to its book catalogue, the culprit remains unclear.

Des bibliothèques publiques abolissent les frais de retard

La Bibliothèque publique du Grand Sudbury est un des exemples les plus récents de la tendance vers l’abolition des frais de retard observée dans le Nord de l’Ontario et ailleurs au Canada.

Greater Sudbury Public Library the latest in the north to drop late fees

The Greater Sudbury Public Library has joined many other libraries from across Canada and northeastern Ontario in dropping its late fines.

Grey Highlands Library gets new CEO & a new MOU

Last week, Grey Highlands council was introduced to Eleni Hughes, the new CEO of the library, and also approved an MOU agreement.

December 14, 2023

Cyberattack behind major system outage at London Public Library

Head librarian Michael Ciccone said experts are investigating a cyber incident that caused a major system shutdown on Wednesday Morning. The library will remain closed for a week.

In fallout of library ‘cyber incident,’ low-income Londoners hit hardest

The ongoing fallout from a “cyber incident” that’s forced the closure of several London Public Library branches and crippled many of its routine services will especially hurt low-income citizens, a politician who sits on its board says.

Rouyn-Noranda : Tous les administrateurs de la Bibliothèque démissionnent

Le manque de ressources financières aura eu raison des derniers départs à la bibliothèque municipale de Rouyn-Noranda. Cette semaine, la directrice et tous les administrateurs ont quitté leur poste, à la grande surprise de la mairesse, Diane Dallaire.

Saint-Lambert library receives top award from the BiblioQUALITÉ program

Evaluated as part of the BiblioQUALITÉ program, the Saint-Lambert library has been awarded a level 5 yellow ribbon, the highest possible distinction, for the quality of its services to the public.

The Schulich Library renovation: Preserving the past, building for the future

The Macdonald Stewart Library Building is the latest McGill heritage building to undergo a major rehabilitation of its envelope in recent years, after Macdonald-Harrington and Macdonald Engineering

December 13, 2023

Analysis: Program at Hamilton Public Library shows how libraries can expand the social services they provide

The public’s intensifying needs necessitate an expansion of the library’s role in our communities.

Company’s grant helps library become more accessible

An insurance company is helping the Tyendinaga Township Public Library become more accessible to those with disabilities.

Reimagining space: Montreal library’s architectural dialogue across eras

Opened this year, Montreal’s Maisonneuve Library, housed since 1981 in what once was a small, but prestigious city hall for the short-lived City of Maisonneuve, underwent a major architectural transformation.

Why the London Public Library won’t be quiet about this city budget

The London Public Library joins a long list of organizations seeking extra money as the City of London begins the process of setting its four-year budget.

December 12, 2023

New TBM library CEO excited about the future

Jennifer Murley started in the CEO position on Dec. 4 and she is excited about the opportunity to join the team in The Blue Mountains.

Project to identify Indigenous people in old photos makes its way to northern Ontario

Project Naming started in 2002 to identify people from Nunavut in Library and Archives Canada photos

December 10, 2023

Edmonton city council green-lights expanding Heritage Valley library

The public library in Edmonton’s Heritage Valley area will receive almost $500,000 over two years from the city to add space, books and computers.

Town tech guy also dabbles in theatre

People of Collingwood: Jeff Cepukas, technology assistant at the Collingwood Public Library

December 9, 2023

Nouvelle directrice de la bibliothèque, des arts et de la culture à Saint-Calixte

L’équipe des gestionnaires de la municipalité de Saint-Calixte accueille une nouvelle collègue. Marion Fortin a été nommée directrice de la bibliothèque, des arts et de la culture.

December 8, 2023

Deux pas en avant, un pas en arrière

Après une toute première étude, présentée en 2022, fournissant un portrait global des bibliothèques québécoises, l’Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec (ABPQ) vient de publier une mise à jour de ces données.

‘Difficult situation’: Concerns raised over Alliston library’s increased use as warming centre

A New Tecumseth woman who heads up a program that helps children learn to read says she may have to shut it down due to issues that have arisen over the Alliston library branch’s increasing use as a warming centre by people experiencing homelessness.

New Brunswick Museum announces new home for priceless artifacts, prepares for move

The New Brunswick Museum has secured a new research and collections centre on Saint John’s west side, as it prepares to break ground next year on its estimated $150 million new home.

SDG uses reserves to increase evening staffing at some library branches

Should SDG Library Services spend just over $33,000 in 2024 for double staffing after dark at some branches to improve safety?

Teacher loses court case asking to finish presentation on books about gender identity

Carolyn Burjoski lost a court case in which she asked to be able to finish giving her presentation to Waterloo Region District School Board trustees about the age-appropriateness of books for children on gender identity.

December 7, 2023

CBC News analysis finds thousands of Canadian authors, books in controversial dataset used to train AI

A CBC News investigation has found at least 2,500 copyrighted books written by more than 1,200 Canadian and Québécois authors were shared online as part of a massive — and now defunct — dataset used to train artificial intelligence.

Opinion: You can’t beat cancel culture with cancel culture

Whenever the Toronto Public Library (TPL) hosts or even just rents a room to a controversial speaker, there are a few leading lights demanding it cease and desist. TPL always declines, patiently explaining that it’s doing the job we asked it to do, and nobody learns anything and then it all happens again.

December 6, 2023

Cyber attack on Toronto Public Library leaves patrons reeling over loss of ‘social service network’

The Toronto Public Library is “much, much more than a place where people just get books.”

This librarian turned photographer takes stark, dazzling images of the Prairies

By day, Sandra Herber is a librarian at Humber College in Toronto. But on her time off, she’s an intrepid photographer of Canada’s far-flung landscapes.

December 5, 2023

Alliston library’s crucial support for homeless spurs conversation on Child-Friendly Environment

In the face of a lack of affordable housing, the Alliston library serves as a lifeline for individuals grappling with homelessness during extreme weather, but the situation has a children’s reading group considering moving elsewhere.

Council approves $20,000 grant for new Glendon Library

Glendon Library Board will get $20,000 of start-up money from MD of Bonnyville following a motion that narrowly passed 3-2, on Nov. 28.

Niverville council defends “take one, leave one” library model

At least one Niverville resident is not happy with town council’s decision to keep library funding to a minimum over the next few years.

Toronto Public Library criticized for hosting author with ‘antisemitic’ views

U.S. author Norman Finkelstein is set to take part in a panel discussion on academic freedom and its implications beyond academia

December 4, 2023

Combine the library and museum? Councillor thinks it’s worth a debate

Brockville council’s longest-serving councillor thinks the library should get out of the social services business.

Councillor calls on Toronto Public Library to cancel speaking invitation to controversial author

A city councillor is calling on the Toronto Public Library to cancel a speaking invitation extended to an author who he says “spreads disinformation and conspiracy theories about Jews and the Holocaust.”

Ottawa Public Library seeks $3M for security guards, citing rise in dangerous incidents

During the first quarter of 2023, library staff made 176 public incident reports, which amounts to almost half of all reported incidents throughout all of 2022.

Vancouver library board trustee replacement raises questions

A Vancouver library board trustee won’t be getting another term in her role, and her replacement has some raising questions.

December 2, 2023

Books, internet and Naloxone: In-house nurse supports people in crisis at Edmonton library

Tabatha Plesuk began working as an overdose prevention nurse at Edmonton’s Stanley Milner Library in August 2022. The pilot program was developed, in part, to respond to an increase in security incidents at the library.

Une réglementation contraire aux valeurs des bibliothécaires

Une réglementation mettant à l’amende une population vulnérable est contraire aux valeurs d’inclusion et d’accessibilité qui sont portées par la Corporation des bibliothécaires professionnels du Québec (CBPQ).

December 1, 2023

Brockton council learns about the wealth of information and material available at the local library

Brooke McLean, Bruce County Public Library director, and Christa Ferrier, Walkerton branch supervisor, made a presentation to Brockton council during the Nov. 14 meeting.

Carleton Place Public Library finalizes Strategic Plan

Building on the successes of its current strategic plan, which has seen an upgrade to hours of operation and an enhancement of services offered, the Carleton Place Public Library has finalized a new Strategic Plan for the coming four years.

County library system receives $250,000 bequest

Wellington County’s library system will benefit from a posthumous donation of more than a quarter-million dollars.

How the Google news blackout was avoided

Ottawa has reached a deal with Google over Bill C-18 and averted the tech giant’s threats of a Canadian news ban. But who’s the real winner here?

Late Fergus resident sets money aside for Wellington County libraries

The county announced that it has received $257,640.40 from the estate of Jon Gregg Murray.

Library on the Frontlines

You wouldn’t expect to find an overdose response and prevention team at a library. But Edmonton’s flagship library is going next level to take care of some of its most vulnerable citizens.

An ode to a bookshelf: A life surrounded by stories is the only way to live

A liftetime of collecting books has shaped Dawn Promislow’s home, reflected her history and informed her voice as an author

Reports about suspected drug use, theft, aggressive behaviour up at Ajax library

‘Customers have expressed concern about their ability to use and enjoy library spaces safely, primarily the main branch’

Town of The Blue Mountains council praises outgoing library CEO

Dr. Sabrina Saunders last day as the CEO of The Blue Mountains Public Library, a position she’s held for the past six years, was Nov. 30.

November 30, 2023

988 suicide crisis helpline launches across Canada

Canada’s 988 hotline, which gives people access to suicide prevention services via call or text, is now available in all provinces and territories, 24/7 and free of charge.

November 29, 2023

Carnegie Libraries: An Amazing Legacy

The Everyday Tourist takes you on a tour of some of the Carnegie Libraries in Canada and around the world, including the one he think is the most beautiful.

Gare au danger d’exclusion sociale dans les bibliothèques de Montréal

La marginalisation est la première porte d’entrée pour l’atteinte aux droits fondamentaux.

Increased Saskatoon Library budget passed after 6-5 vote

The Saskatoon Public Library is seeing an increase to its budget for the next two years after city council budget deliberations on Tuesday.

A month after a cyber attack took out many Toronto Public Library services, a library manager speaks out

Jan Dawson is an area manager with Toronto Public Library, responsible for 18 branches in Toronto’s west end.

Penetanguishene library cuts back hours due to funding loss

Township of Tiny’s decision to end library services agreement with Penetanguishene has impacted library operations

Spyware being used by 13 federal departments, documents show

Spyware normally associated with the intelligence world is being used by 13 federal departments and agencies, Radio-Canada has learned, but none of them are conducting privacy assessments despite a government directive.

November 28, 2023

City council OKs $65M library/art gallery project

A near-unanimous Sudbury city council voted to have staff proceed with the redevelopment of city hall as a new central library/art gallery, which is slated to open by the end of 2026

The Ford government is ignoring its own campus free speech policy

By calling on student groups to withdraw certain controversial statements, the minister of colleges and universities is demonstrating that the policy was and is a hollow gesture.

November 27, 2023

Library board votes to eliminate late fees — permanently

Greater Sudbury Public Library branches eliminated late fees at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move their board voted to make permanent last week

The subtle silencing of LGBTQ2S+ literature in school libraries

Censorship of LGBTQ2s+ themes has sparked serious discourse on the profound implications on inclusivity, diversity, and the fundamental principles of education.

November 25, 2023

LGBTQ stickers to be placed on children’s books

Steinbach’s library board decided to label every picture book in the easy and board sections that has LGBTQ2S+ content with a sticker.

Meta ban has been rough, but Google ban would be worse, say small news outlets, analysts

Small news outlets and media and internet experts say the Online News Act, also known as Bill C-18, has had a serious impact so far, and it may be about to get much worse.

A retirement party at the Almonte branch library

After more than 35 years at the Library, Monica Blackburn is choosing to devote her time to gardening, traveling, creating elaborate meals and spending time with friends and family.

November 24, 2023

Federal chief information officer Catherine Luelo resigns

The federal government’s chief information officer is leaving the job as the bureaucracy struggles to modernize aging technology systems and bring services into the digital age like Canadians expect.

Libraries open the door to Indigenous arts and culture

The Calgary Public Library is one of dozens in urban centres across Canada prioritizing Indigenous representation in their space.

« Odeur incommodante » : un règlement dans les bibliothèques de Montréal critiqué

La Ville de Montréal dit vouloir modifier un règlement municipal, adopté dans quatre arrondissements, permettant aux bibliothèques municipales d’interdire l’accès aux personnes dont « l’hygiène corporelle peut incommoder les autres usagers », une mesure qui a des conséquences surtout sur les personnes en situation d’itinérance, selon différents organismes.

People with poor ‘personal hygiene’ could be fined, kicked out of Montreal’s public libraries

The city of Montreal says the bylaw, due to come into effect on Jan. 1, 2024, doesn’t target specific groups of people, but one advocate for the unhoused says it targets the vulnerable.

Smelling badly could get you kicked out of Montreal libraries

New regulations governing conduct are being implemented in libraries across Montreal. They give officials authority to ask people to leave if they don’t respect a code of conduct which includes proper hygiene. But critics fear the new rules mean vulnerable people such as unhoused visitors will end up being targeted.

November 23, 2023

Toronto Public Library says services affected by cyberattack to be restored starting in January

Toronto Public Library (TPL) says services affected by an Oct. 28 cybersecurity attack will not begin to be restored until January.

Wasaga Beach prepares for grand unveiling of the new twin-pad arena and library

The 20,000-square-foot public library includes a children’s area, gaming zone, study rooms, a learning lab and a digital lab.

November 22, 2023

Le Cégep de Thetford veut moderniser sa bibliothèque

Le Cégep de Thetford souhaite donner une cure de jouvence à sa bibliothèque. Cet important projet fait partie du plan de travail établi par l’organisation qui espère pouvoir le réaliser d’ici les prochaines années.

New library open to the public in Aberdeen Mall

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library has opened the first additional location since 1974. The Aberdeen Tiny Library is located inside Aberdeen Mall and is aimed at filling the demand of the region.

Ottawa and provinces should harmonize privacy laws, says think tank

Ottawa should consider squeezing the provinces to enact similar federal, provincial and territorial privacy laws across Canada, says a new paper from the C.D. Howe Institute, which argues commonality will benefit businesses and consumers.

Sault public library looking for more funding for security

The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library is hoping the city will come forward with some money to help deal with a worsening security situation at its downtown branch.

November 19, 2023

A look at why The Hate U Give was removed from Nova Scotia school curriculums

The decision to drop the American young adult novel The Hate U Give from Nova Scotia school curriculums appears to have been made before the Department of Education received or saw any formal complaints, according to newly released documents.

November 18, 2023

‘Excited about the future’: Board appoints King as chief librarian

The Halton Hills Public Library (HHPL) Board has announced the appointment of Beverley King as chief librarian and CEO, effective immediately.

November 17, 2023

Free & fun day at the public library

Alexandra Yarrow, Librarian and Program Manager at Ottawa Public Library, joined Rosey Edeh on CTV Morning Live Ottawa.

Outreach worker at Whitehorse library to offer supports with housing, mental health, addictions and more

Books, movies, and a warm space are what’s typically offered by the Whitehorse library. Soon, there will be an outreach worker available to all patrons as well.

Tiny opts to work on new library agreements with its neighbours

Tiny Township council will renew its library access agreements with surrounding municipalities — including Springwater’s Elmvale branch — but in a new way for 2024.

November 16, 2023

Bruce County Public Library Bookmobile delivers the world to remote areas and isolated residents

The new Bruce County Public Library Bookmobile – on the road since Oct.10 – is getting rave reviews and a lot of use.

Niagara Falls library credited for ‘honest self-evaluation’ during changing times

New five-year strategic plan addresses several challenges facing institution

North Battleford Library asks for funds for security service

“North Battleford has big city problems.”

Prefer listening to your books? It’s not that different from reading, says prof

Audiobooks are growing in popularity, but some people question whether listening to a book is the same as reading it.

November 15, 2023

London Library’s new micro gallery honours missing and murdered Indigenous women

A new micro gallery in London Public Library’s Central Branch honours the legacies of MMIWG2S. Mary Lou Smoke lost her sister, Debbie Ann Sloss-Clarke, to domestic violence more than 20 years ago.

Personal info, including staff social insurance numbers, stolen in Toronto library cyberattack

The Toronto Public Library says personal information — including the names, birthdays, social insurance numbers and home addresses — of current and former employees was stolen in a ransomware attack that has also affected key library services.

November 14, 2023

Libraries should be treated as “critical infrastructure” in rural communities, advocates say

Libraries can be the heart of rural communities. They are a social gathering space and connecting link to services and programming, along with being a place to get the novel you need for book club.

November 13, 2023

Can’t make it to the library? For 50 years, the home reader service has been bringing the library to you

For 50 years, the home reading service has been connecting seniors, people with disabilities and people living in long-term care facilities with their local library.

Cash-strapped Emo library ‘in dire straits’

A valuable part of the community “is in danger of closing” due to cost increases outpacing revenues, Emo Public Library’s CEO and librarian says.

Moncton man starts Arabic newspaper for Atlantic Canada

Moncton’s Ali Ettarnichi is the founder of a new newspaper, but for him, it is so much more than just words on newsprint.

November 12, 2023

Un travailleur social à la bibliothèque de Whitehorse pour aider les plus vulnérables

La bibliothèque publique de Whitehorse compte bientôt embaucher un travailleur social pour aider les clients en situation d’itinérance et soutenir les employés témoins d’incident tels qu’une personne victime d’une détresse psychologique.

November 11, 2023

Greater Sudbury Library moving forward with central library development

The Greater Sudbury Public Library is moving forward with the next phase in the development of the new central library, in collaboration with city council and staff, as well as its project partners, the Art Gallery of Sudbury and the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association.

A labour of love for Jayne Turvey as Orillia Public Library marked Remembrance Day

For nearly ten years, Jayne Turvey has given students in the Orillia-area an opportunity to learn about the wars Canada has been involved in and about the men & women, in particular those locally, who have served.

Ottawa councillor and library board chair Matt Luloff named as Conservative candidate for Orléans

The Conservative Party of Canada has announced Ottawa city councillor, Matt Luloff, as its next official candidate for the riding of Orléans.

Whitestone Historical Society, local library partner to preserve memory of local veterans

From page to web page, thanks to a partnership with the Whitestone Historical Society and Whitestone Public Library and Technology Centre to preserve the memory of more than 300 local veterans.

November 10, 2023

Access to books with LGBTQ themes restricted by Ontario’s Waterloo Catholic District School Board

The books will be kept on professional (PRO) shelves at board schools used primarily by teachers, though students will have access to the titles provided they first consult a teacher.

Barrie’s Serena McGovern receives Children and Youth Librarian of the Year award

The award honours a children’s librarian who has positively impacted children’s or youth services in the community while also improving the work experience of their colleagues.

Beyond books: Librarian’s job an ever-evolving role

For Mandy Pethick, manager of library services and collection services with the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

Midland Public Library now has cognitive care kits for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive disabilities

Each kit is loosely themed around different interests, such as cars, fashion, or music, and contains three activities designed specifically for older adults living with cognitive disabilities.

‘Sensitive data’ may have been leaked in cyber attack, says Toronto Public Library

A ransomware attack two weeks ago is now believed to have also compromised library employee information. It’s not clear whether patrons’ information is also affected.

November 8, 2023

Cancelling new library project would hurt city, mayor warns

‘The reality today is that it’s already started. That project is gone. It’s already being built,’ Cam Guthrie told Guelph Chamber of Commerce members

Public meeting will decide future of Cape Breton library

Libraries are typically quiet places, but a branch in Florence, N.S., in Cape Breton is so quiet and so low on visitors that the facility may close.

Renovations for Mississauga’s largest library millions over budget

Extra costs for Central Library due to inflation, added green features, spokesperson says

Toronto’s public library system was hacked. Here’s which services are and aren’t working

Toronto Public Library’s website and other services have been unavailable since a ransomware attack on Oct. 28

November 7, 2023

Un rançongiciel à l’origine de la paralysie de services à la Bibliothèque de Toronto

Une attaque au rançongiciel est à l’origine de l’interruption de service qui affecte la Bibliothèque publique de Toronto (TPL) depuis plus d’une semaine.

Ransomware attack behind Toronto Public Library service interruption, library says

Many Toronto Public Library services have been disrupted since a cybersecurity attack hit the institution on Oct. 27. Now, the library says it’s been the victim of a ransomware attack.

Residential school records released day before archbishop testifies at Senate

A Catholic archdiocese that includes parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario released long-awaited residential schools records this week.

November 5, 2023

Incoming Chief Librarian expected to continue high level of service

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Chatham-Kent Public Library Board have hired Heidi Wyma as CEO/Chief Librarian of the Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL).

November 4, 2023

Chatham-Kent announces new chief librarian

Heidi Wyma will serve as CEO and chief librarian starting next month, according to a release.

La fin des frais de retard dans les bibliothèques de Gatineau en 2024?

Dès 2024, il pourrait bien ne plus avoir de frais de retard dans les bibliothèques municipales de Gatineau. Les élus ont voté, vendredi, en faveur de cette mesure. Le vote final du budget aura lieu le 5 décembre.

November 3, 2023

Brockville library hiring Indigenous decolonization position

The Brockville library will use $100,000 in funding to hire a decolonization coordinator, a position its CEO calls the first of its kind.

City hall appears ‘a good fit’ for library, says chief librarian

As city council inches toward decision points on the proposed library/art gallery project at Tom Davies Square, Greater Sudbury Public Library CEO/chief librarian Brian Harding said the library board is on board with the project

November 1, 2023

Canada’s national library concept influenced by Ottawa River

The plan for Ādisōke draws inspiration from the Ottawa River, with its stone and wood exterior mirroring the escarpment and the natural surroundings. Meanwhile the city’s breathtaking views will be showcased through expansive windows and transparent walls.

Privacy bill fails to address dangers of facial recognition technology: coalition

A coalition pushing for better regulation of facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technologies says proposed federal privacy legislation is in “dire need of significant amendments.”

Regina Public Library anticipating $340,000 in additional security costs in 2024 as violent incidents rise

The Regina Public Library (RPL) is anticipating $340,000 in additional security costs next year after a report saying violent incidents have become more common at branches around the city.

Shaping Cochrane: How Monique Fiedler-Sills keeps the pages turning as library director

Monique Fiedler-Sills began her journey as director at the CPL in May 2022, but she has climbed every rung of the ladder throughout Alberta.

October 31, 2023

Brock public library set to enhance services and connectivity with grant

The Brock Township Public Library has received a $51,900 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund, allowing for significant technological upgrades including internet hardware, meeting and programming equipment, and internet hot spots at the library.

Gatineau: les frais de retard en bibliothèque font des flammèches au conseil

La mesure nécessite un financement de 200 000$.

How teacher librarians interpreted GTA school board’s controversial book-weeding process

CBC News spoke with four teacher librarians about a controversial new equity-based book-weeding process. Their differing interpretations of the process illustrate how miscommunication likely led to an inconsistent approach to weeding school collections.

One of Canada’s first short story dispensers comes to Halton Hills

Choose from three categories and with the push of a button, the machine at the library will dispense a paper scroll with a randomly chosen short story, poem or comic

Paying more attention to the health and social benefits of libraries is overdue

A new report says investment in libraries, an under-appreciated part of our social infrastructure, is key to post-pandemic recovery

Possible thawing of relations between City and Chinook Regional Library

The City of Swift Current has pivoted its stance on the Chinook Regional Library (CRL).

October 30, 2023

Community fridge aims to reduce food insecurity in Bradford

A community fridge at Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library is now officially open.

Edmonton Public Library adapting to ever-changing environment

The role of public libraries within the communities they serve is shifting. Vicky Varga with the Edmonton Public Library joined us on Global News Morning to discuss how the EPL is adapting to meet community needs.

Local Librarian’s heart-sinking moment seeing water damage to 100s of books

Steinbach Jake Epp Library’s adult fiction stacks are inaccessible due to water damage.

Maybe we should let librarians run the city

As Canadian Library Month draws to a close, we’re reflecting on the good work that libraries do, and how maybe we should let them do even more.

Toronto Public Library cybersecurity attack part of a troubling trend

The cybersecurity incident that downed some of Toronto Public Library’s services and website is part of a more troubling trend in cyber attacks on public institutions, cybersecurity experts say.

October 29, 2023

Guarding the Ghostbusters: Source material for Hollywood blockbuster preserved in Winnipeg

When there’s something strange that you need to research, who ya gonna call? The University of Manitoba archives is probably the best place to start. The documents that helped create the smash hit movie Ghostbusters are located in Winnipeg.

Toronto Public Library dealing with cybersecurity ‘incident’ impacting some services

Some online Toronto Public Library services are unavailable after a cybersecurity “incident” was detected on Saturday, the library says.

October 27, 2023

$43-million renovated central library offers 175,000 books, other items to Mississauga residents

Visitors to Mississauga’s newly renovated central library will have access to more than 175,000 books, DVDs and other items when the “state-of-the-art” facility reopens to the public in December in the downtown core.

October 26, 2023

Brandon voters elect school trustees who want end to anti-LGBTQ activism at board meetings

Two newly elected southwestern Manitoba school trustees say they want to bring unity and normalcy to the Brandon School Division after it has faced months of attacks centred on the LGBTQ community.

Comedy-thriller by Antigonish playwright to help raise money for libraries across Canada

A playwright from Antigonish, N.S., has teamed up with best-selling Canadian author Louise Penny to create a comedy-thriller that can be performed at libraries across Canada to raise money for programming and collections.

Quite a cat-alogue at the Niagara Falls Public Library

Oct. 27 is National Black Cat Day, and the library has many cat-related books for kids and adults.

Senate Committee shocked by difficulties faced gathering residential school records from Catholic Church

Saskatchewan Treaty Commissioner Mary Musqua-Culbertson didn’t mince words when she spoke to members of the Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples Oct. 25 about the difficulty in accessing Catholic Church records for Indigenous residential schools.

La Ville de Winnipeg doit investir davantage dans les bibliothèques, selon un rapport

Un nouveau rapport du comité d’orientation permanent des services communautaires affirme que la Ville de Winnipeg a besoin d’investir plusieurs millions de dollars supplémentaires dans les bibliothèques pour accroître les heures d’ouverture, recruter plus de personnel et améliorer les services.

October 25, 2023

Meet the prof behind Canada’s one-of-a-kind Pride Library

James Miller founded The Western Pride Library with 60 volumes on queer theory and literature, which has now grown to 15,000. The library reopened this week after a five-year hiatus.

Montreal writers want more protections as AI sucks up their stories

Authors call for legislative action against piracy and safeguards from publishers while the Writers’ Union of Canada mulls a class-action lawsuit against AI companies.

One-of-a-kind Pride Library at Western welcomes students and the public back

For the first time since 2019, The Western Pride Library opened its doors to students. The library carries over 15,000 books on queer literature in 18 different languages.

This archive of photographs shows Black Canadians ‘in the light in which they deserved to be shown’

The Alvin McCurdy Collection shows ‘many generations of continuing Black presence’ in Canada

Winnipeg libraries need millions to hire more staff, increase hours, report says

A new report says the city needs to invest millions more in Winnipeg libraries to increase hours, hire more staff and improve services.

October 23, 2023

Western’s Pride Library holds grand re-opening to celebrate 25th anniversary

After three years of closure, Weldon celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Pride Library with its grand reopening.

October 21, 2023

Disaster kits could help save historical documents during extreme weather

In the age of increasingly violent storms, wildfires and flooding, the Council of Nova Scotia Archives has been working to protect some of the province’s most vulnerable artifacts and documents.

Far right activists coming after school library books in Kelowna, Vernon

You’ve likely heard of Action4Canada protests and shenanigans at local school boards. Now they’re coming after school library books containing “sexual references” but they are really only concerned about ‘certain kinds’ of sexual references.

Heather Reisman is running Indigo again after a boardroom exodus. Has the once-powerful retailer lost its way?

Industry watchers wonder if the return of Indigo’s founder might signal a change in direction for the troubled book store chain she launched 27 years ago

‘I think he would be really thrilled’: Book drive seeks work by Indigenous authors for Manitoba prisons

A new book drive is looking to bring more work by Indigenous authors into Manitoba prisons.

October 20, 2023

Bien plus que des livres : comment les bibliothèques se réinventent

Depuis quelques années, les bibliothèques publiques du Nord de l’Ontario ont dû d’adapter pour continuer d’être pertinents et d’aider les gens à faire partie de la communauté à toutes les étapes de leur vie.

Coquitlam library postpones drag queen story time due to public safety risk

The Coquitlam Public Library decided to postpone a drag queen story time event due to it coinciding with a rally in opposition to teaching gender identity in schools.

Union calls for resignation of Markham Library CEO over removal of Islamic Heritage Month displays

The union representing 6,000 municipal and library workers in York Region is calling for the chief executive officer of the Markham Public Library to step down following the brief removal of Islamic Heritage Month displays from its branches.

October 18, 2023

Concrete ‘skeleton’ of Ottawa’s future main library now complete

Leaders from nearby First Nations joined councillors to celebrate a major milestone in the $334-million Ādisōke project on LeBreton Flats.

First Nation groups helped design Ādisōke, Ottawa’s future central library

First Nations groups played an important part in the design and naming of the building, said Algonquins of Pikwakanagan chief Greg Sarazin.

Library board establishes committee to address space-deficit

By one study’s estimate, the library should be double its size or more to serve a community as large as Stratford

Officials to mark milestone in construction of new Ottawa central library

City officials and Indigenous leaders will be celebrating a milestone in the construction of Ottawa’s new central library.

Ottawa has declined to overhaul its access to information system, for the second time

Justin Trudeau, in the Liberal Party’s 2015 election platform, vowed to make sweeping changes to access to information, but those changes were never adopted

Un pas de plus vers la nouvelle bibliothèque Ādisōke

Une étape de plus a été complétée dans la construction d’Ādisōke, le futur complexe de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa (BPO) et de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC)

Tiny Township withdraws from library agreement with Springwater

Infrastructure-burdened township tries to break ‘catch-22’ by pulling back funding Penetanguishene, Midland and Springwater libraries and arenas

‘Topping off’ ceremony held for Ottawa’s new central library

City officials and Indigenous leaders celebrated the completion of the pouring of all five floors at Ādisōke on Wednesday morning, officially known as the “topping off” of the joint facility with the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.

Woman hopes to advocate for new library branch in Glenmore

A Kelowna woman is on a one-person crusade to try and bring a regional library branch to the Glenmore area.

October 17, 2023

Le bibliothécaire, de censeur à garant de la liberté de penser

Avant d’oeuvrer pour le libre choix, les bibliothèques québécoises ont servi à limiter l’accès aux livres.

Book ban brouhaha far from over

It’s the controversy that just won’t go away and, once again, the Brandon School Division is ground zero.

Construction starts on new Kitchener library branch

The new branch will be the first carbon neutral municipal facility in Waterloo Region.

Forest of Reading reveals chosen books for 2024 — students across Canada to choose winners

The program is Canada’s largest annual recreational reading initiative where children and young adults pick their favourite authors and illustrators.

Markham Public Library CEO promises review of policies after temporary removal of Islamic Heritage Month displays

“What we’ve been pushing for is an investigation from the city of Markham into the councillor that was allegedly involved,” said Aasiyah Khan of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

Markham Public Library removed Islamic history displays but returned them after review: CEO

Markham Public Library removed Islamic Heritage Month displays from its branches after hearing concerns from the community then it put the displays back the same day following a management review, its CEO says.

Museum Nova Scotia moves Mi’kmaq artifacts from aging Stellarton facility

The Nova Scotia Museum Archaeology, in a recent move to enhance accessibility to its extensive archaeological collections, has successfully transferred approximately 500 banker’s boxes of valuable historical artifacts and materials.

October 16, 2023

Brantford Public Library unveils new self-serve kiosk

The kiosk machine, located directly across from the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition, holds up to 150 books and can be used by any person with a Brantford Public Library card.

Federal government considering copyright law changes for AI-generated work

Ottawa asking if copyright protections should apply to work created by artificial intelligence, or be reserved for work created by humans

Kingston Frontenac Public Library Expands Pittsburgh Branch Hours

Staffed hours and a newly introduced Extended Hours system allows patrons remote support from off-site staff.

The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 180

Victoria Owen Sets the Record Straight on the State of Canadian Copyright Law and Content Licensing By Libraries and Educational Institutions

Library fights censorship with banned book list

Innisfil’s public library is taking a stand against censorship and fighting against those who wish to limit “intellectual freedom.”

Local libraries offering more as report flags need for more money

Staff at Windsor Public Library say they’re spread thin with more services – and more patrons – on site, but no additional funding in their pockets.

Markham Public Library apologizes after email suggests taking down Islamic Heritage Month displays

Markham Public Library apologized on Monday for an employee email posted online that suggested it was going to take down Islamic Heritage Month displays.

New KPL in southwest Kitchener set to open in 2025

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for a new community library in southwest Kitchener, expected to open in 2025.

Peace River library wins award in excellent service

Through consistent community engagement, says Channing MacDonald, library director, the library can determine what barriers they are able to address.

Tiny pulls back funding from North Simcoe libraries, arenas

Infrastructure-burdened township tries to break ‘catch-22’ by pulling back funding Penetanguishene, Midland, and Springwater Township libraries and arenas

October 15, 2023

Free menstrual products coming to local libraries

Thanks to a pilot project hosted by the Huron-Perth Period Poverty Taskforce, as of Monday, menstrual products will be available in the washrooms of all library locations.

It’s time to add ‘reasoning’ as the fourth ‘R’

‘Of all serious threats to our society, disinformation stands head and shoulders above the others,’ says columnist

A new twist on book banning — everything published before 2008 must go

Ontario’s Peel District School Board last month rolled out a process that caused some schools in the area to remove books published before 2008

This artist uses nature to depict folklore remedies in a new art exhibit

Librarian and artist Lindsay Alcock spent her year-long sabbatical working on an art exhibit about natural folk remedies in Newfoundland and Labrador. It blends folklore, medicine and history — with a twist.

October 14, 2023

Hamilton council seeks legal opinion on proposal to decide on future police, library surpluses

Hamilton council has asked for a legal opinion, as well as comments from the Hamilton Police Services Board and Hamilton Public Library Board, over a proposal for the city to decide how both boards spend their budget surpluses.

October 13, 2023

Amplify: Libraries are portals into local life

In every new city, I start at the library. Sure, I’ve likely already found the closest coffee shop and the grocery store, but when I move somewhere new, my first step toward living like a local is signing up for a library card.

October 12, 2023

Despite BC funding freeze, municipalities continue to support their public libraries

Municipal funding allows libraries to create programming and inclusive spaces for cultural celebration and learning

Library CEO closes book on Highlands

Chris Stephenson had planned to stay on as CEO of Haliburton County Public Library for the next three to five years, until retirement. Unfortunately, his back had other plans.

Saskatoon library asking city council for budget bump to cover new hires

The Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) is expected to ask the city for a 3.49 per cent increase when councillors start mulling the coming budget next month.

October 11, 2023

A new look for venerable books

New theological library established at St. George’s Lennoxville

J.P. Robertson founded city’s library system

Winnipeg’s first public library, the now vacant Carnegie Library building on William Avenue, opened on Oct. 11, 1905.

Public Library updates their systems replacing outdated terminology

Prince George Public Library announced the completion of its project to update the terminology used in its catalogue describing books written on topics related to Indigenous peoples.

Revelstoke library goes fines free alongside all Okanagan Regional Library branches

Revelstoke library will no longer charge late fees on any materials in a move to ease accessibility, community librarian Lucie Bergeron says.

October 8, 2023

Audubon’s Birds of America: a rare sighting at New Brunswick’s Legislative Library

A copy of the very rare book Birds of America, by John James Audubon, sits in a glass case at the legislature in Fredericton.

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame collection now housed at Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History has scored a massive collection of sports artifacts, with a handful of memorabilia now on display for the next year.

Métis journal believed first of its kind in Canada

A group of Métis scholars is redefining what an academic journal is, with the launch of Pawaatamihk: Journal of Métis Thinkers, a new open-access publication that will print articles, artwork and knowledge in all of its forms — as long as they are made both by and for members of their community.

MuchMusic’s expansive physical videotape archive is finally going digital

The music channel’s owner Bell Media is on the final stretch of a years-long project that involves going through tens of thousands of videotapes and transferring pieces of history into a new digital archive.

Sask. privacy commissioner says he should have power to make government release info

Saskatchewan’s privacy czar says his office should be given the power to force government agencies to release information in an overdue update to the province’s transparency laws.

October 7, 2023

Sault library staff ‘scared to come in to work,’ union says

CUPE wants use of security guards restored as ’emergency measure’; demand comes after SooToday report of a scary incident at the downtown branch last month

October 6, 2023

How Toronto’s Robarts Library is marking its 50th anniversary

An iconic Toronto building is turning 50 this year. Some see it as an eyesore, others a stunning piece of brutalist architecture — but love it or hate it, the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto is a big part of the city’s history.

Thorold library report highlights service increases over past year

Chief librarian highlights successes of Thorold library during city council meeting as services and demand have increased over the past year

October 5, 2023

Library lockdown prompts Ministry of Labour investigation

Sault Ste. Marie Public Library is reviewing its policy on doing wellness checks on sleeping visitors

New library coming to Masset, B.C., will feature Haida language lab

Construction is set to begin on a new Vancouver Island Regional Library branch in the Village of Masset that will include a learning space dedicated to sharing and preserving the local Indigenous language.

Unclear how Canadian copyright law applies to generative AI: government document

The emergence of generative AI has led governments around the world to launch efforts to regulate the technology, which can produce text, audio or video in response to prompts

October 4, 2023

La bibliothèque de Casselman célèbre ses 80 ans

La Bibliothèque publique de Casselman a célébré, le 3 juillet dernier, ses 80 ans d’existence.

Bruce County Library offers brand new Bookmobile

Initiating the bat signal! Or… The book signal! Just like Batman, the Bruce County Library has their very own superhero vehicle to fight inaccessibility to library services.

Canadian public libraries played an important role during the pandemic: report

A new report finds that Canadian public libraries were national assets in providing access to knowledge and health to communities during the pandemic, according to the Canadian Urban Institute and Canadian Urban Libraries Council.

Children’s author says diverse books are being ‘shadow-banned’ in B.C.

With Banned Books Week underway, Christy Jordan-Fenton worries that certain stories are disappearing from library shelves.

Muskoka Lakes Public Library Appoints New CEO

The Board of the Muskoka Lakes Public Library announced the appointment of Andrew Whitfield to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

‘Not our choice’: Bradford library workers mandated back to work

‘We came out strong, and we will be going in stronger. We came out as coworkers and we’re going back in as family,’ says library worker

October 3, 2023

The boring solution to book-banning bureaucrats: Leave libraries to the librarians

Individual librarians, teachers, and school councils who actually interact with students and their families have a much better chance of understanding and responding to what those students need to read than do government bureaucrats.

October 2, 2023

Hamilton library’s addition earns LEED Gold

Hamilton Public Library’s (HPL’s) Valley Park Branch addition has earned the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, in recognition of its sustainable qualities.

How they spent their summer vacation: cheeky camp for plants set up by Mount A librarians

How did your plants spend the summer? Gazing out of a window, awaiting the excitement of a fresh watering? Well, a group of plants at Mount Allison University had the summer of a lifetime.

October 1, 2023

Who should preserve treaties between First Nations and the Crown?

Centuries-old agreements between First Nations and the Crown are locked in a secure government vault at Library and Archives Canada. But with an increased, intentional focus on truth and reconciliation, some say Indigenous communities should have a larger role in preserving their own history.

September 30, 2023

The Access to Information Act needs urgent repair. Will Pierre Poilievre be the politician to fix it?

Opposition parties often lose their appetite for openness once they grab the levers of government. Power is allergic to transparency

GNWT considers constructing new archives building

The NWT government, worried about its compliance with laws that dictate how documents are preserved, may solve the problem by opening a new building.

Google is covered by Canada’s privacy law, Federal Court of Appeal rules

A Canadian court has again rejected Google’s claim for an exemption from federal privacy law for its search engine results in case raising the so-called “right to be forgotten.”

Library strike going to binding arbitration

Bradford West Gwillimbury Library workers set to be mandated back to work while waiting for Ontario Labour Relations Board to appoint arbitrator and set date for hearing

Probing the past: residential school secrets and archival challenges

How do we balance privacy legislation with the public’s right to know?

September 29, 2023

Une enveloppe de plus de 2 millions de $ pour les bibliothèques de l’Outaouais

Souvent considérées comme vétustes, les bibliothèques de l’Outaouais vont bénéficier d’une cure de jouvence. Une aide financière de plus de deux millions de dollars a été octroyée par le gouvernement provincial.

‘We’re ponying up:’ Armour agrees to fund max $500K of proposed new library in Burk’s Falls

Armour proposes one of three townships take lead on project

What you need to know as librarians and archivists head for strike Wednesday

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association – Librarian and Archivists have set a strike deadline for Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.. If an agreement is not reached with the university, Western’s 44 librarians and archivists will be on strike.

September 28, 2023

Proposed library/art gallery expected to open by the end of 2026

The long road toward Greater Sudbury’s new central library/art gallery is projected to take another three years to complete, bringing its grand opening to the end of 2026.

Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie library hosting costume swap to cut back on Halloween waste

Daybreak host Sean Henry speaks with Élyse Noël-Gauthier, librarian at the Marc-Favreau Library and person in charge of the costume exchange.

Senator digging into delay of residential school records says there’s a ‘disconnect’ between witnesses

An Alberta senator who sits on the Standing Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples says oblates who are still alive and who worked at residential schools are “living archives” and should consider sharing their knowledge with Indian residential school survivors.

September 27, 2023

Librarians create educational tool for accessing residential school survivor stories

Three librarians from the University of Toronto set out to create a publicly-available online storybase for survivor stories in hopes of improving access to learning for Canadians.

September 26, 2023

Acton library branch harvests bumper crop during difficult times

In a year of rising prices and food insecurity for many, the library and other local organizations are seeing an increased demand for their food resources

Archives of North America’s first Black female publisher, added to national register

North America’s first Black female newspaper publisher will be immortalized in international archives. The archival records of Mary Ann Shadd Cary have been added to the Canada Memory of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

Okanagan libraries switch over to late fine-free model

“We’ve observed that the fines-free approach has made our library more inclusive and accessible, encouraging more people to take advantage of our resources and services.”

Robarts Library at 50: How Fort Book became the ‘campus living room’

As it celebrates its half-centennial, Robarts Library is reflecting on its past – and looking towards its future – with an exhibit that traces the library’s history

“We have some work to do”: More diversity needed in Peterborough Public Library’s collection, CEO says

An audit of books for children and young adults found a shortage of titles by racialized, LGBTQ+ and disabled authors

September 25, 2023

‘Scars deeper than you realize’: Human rights commission highlights dire need for reading supports in Sask.

A new report from the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission sheds light on systemic gaps in the province’s approach to literacy and helping students living with reading disabilities.

September 23, 2023

BPL Comic Fest gets hero’s welcome in downtown Barrie

From a superhero story time and a dance party with Barbie to a Mario Kart tournament and learning how to become a Dungeons & Dragons game master, the Barrie Public Library had something for everyone at its annual BPL Comic Fest this weekend.

September 22, 2023

Grey Highlands library CEO leaves for TBM spot

The Grey Highlands Public Library Board announced that current CEO, Jennifer Murley, would be leaving Grey Highlands to take on the role of CEO at the Blue Mountains Public Library.

September 21, 2023

Bradford library strike escalates as tensions erupt in council meeting

The ongoing strike by staff at the Bradford Library shows no signs of abating, with tensions reaching a boiling point during a council meeting Tuesday night.

September 20, 2023

Armed person call sends Niagara Regional Police to Welland Public Library

Welland man allegedly found to be carrying black Airsoft pellet handgun

Employee Feature: Jennifer Thiessen

Jennifer Thiessen joined Brock over 20 years ago as a student intern. She is now Head of Teaching and Learning for the Brock Library.

Mass journalism layoffs don’t just mean a gap in news coverage. Experts worry they’ll hurt democracy too

Metroland has laid off hundreds of people including dozens of journalists who covered local issues. Experts say less eyes and ears on the ground means residents may not get the accurate information they need.

Midland library receives $24K grant from federal government

Library will use money to ‘invest in expert guidance and systems to build on the fundraising and development skills’ of board, leadership

Peel school board focused on replenishing after library ‘weeding’ process criticized

Peel District School Board says it is focused on replenishing resources in its libraries while reviewing training after its so-called “weeding process” was criticized.

September 19, 2023

‘Disgusted’: a student, teacher and parents weigh in on Peel District School Board’s missing library books

The missing book situation has undermined future equity efforts, Peel parent David Bosveld believes. Because of the backlash, it will make it more difficult for schools and libraries to remove overtly racist and offensive books, he said.

September 18, 2023

Culling school library books and why it matters

Some school libraries in Peel removed every book published before 2008 until the Education Minister told them to stop. Anita Brooks Kirkland, Chair of Canadian School Libraries, weighs in with callers on why this is such a heated debate.

Western librarians and archivists could strike on Oct. 4

Western’s 44 librarians and archivists could go on strike Oct. 4 if they do not reach a new collective agreement with the university.

September 17, 2023

How to curate a democratic school library

Citizens of Peel need to consider guiding principles for the curation of school libraries and that means reflecting on what those libraries are for.

Library books have faced challenges for decades, but a recent shift has become more organized as a proxy culture war

Recent challenges mimics what is happening in America, often looking to remove readings on the topic of gender identity, sexual orientation, or race

September 16, 2023

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra partners with library to bring books to life

Members of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra are partnering with the Greater Sudbury Public Library to bring books to life with eight musical performances.

These drag performers say protests, threats won’t stop them from reading to kids at storytime events

Drag performers who read stories to children at libraries across Canada have faced an increase in protests calling the events destructive for kids, and in some cases, even threats of violence. But the king and queens say they won’t let that stop them, because storytimes are about joy and literacy.

September 15, 2023

La construction de la nouvelle bibliothèque de Saskatoon retardée

Le projet de construction de la nouvelle bibliothèque publique de Saskatoon (SPL) a été retardé. Dans un communiqué de presse publié jeudi, l’organisme indique que les offres reçues à la fin du mois d’août dépassent « le budget du projet ».

Metroland to cease print publication of dozens of community newspapers across Ontario

Metroland Media Group, the Toronto Star’s sister company, has sought bankruptcy protection and will cease the print publication of its weekly community newspapers across Ontario, moving to an online-only model.

Protest: Closure of library is ‘disturbing’ for local students

‘The board should know that students are suffering from this. It’s not just the workers and the council; it’s the students that are in between them,’ says protest organizer

Saskatoon Central Library opening pushed back after construction bids ‘substantially higher’ than budget

Construction work was supposed to start this fall on new library; opening now likely pushed back to late 2027

Saskatoon’s Central Library project bringing onboard construction consultant to tighten expectations

Saskatoon Public Library CEO Carol Cooley spoke on Friday about the Central Library project delays. “Bids came in higher than expected and we will bring on a construction manager to pursue redesign options”

Toronto Public Library piloting virtual interview rooms for job seekers

The Toronto Public library has been offering customers job searching tools for several years, from the basics like access to the internet to career coaching and eLearning programs on LinkedIn.

What a drag story time is and why it matters

With increasing hate and harassment directed at drag performers in the last year, a Sudbury, Ont., drag queen is sharing their story to help foster understanding and acceptance.

September 14, 2023

Construction on new central Saskatoon library delayed due to costs

Construction on Saskatoon’s new downtown library has been delayed after bids for the project came in over its $134 million budget.

Des bibliothécaires d’une ville en Ontario en grève depuis plus de 50 jours

La petite ville de Bradford West Gwillimbury au nord de Toronto se tourne vers la Commission des relations de travail de l’Ontario pour mettre fin à la grève de ses employés de bibliothèque, qui a commencé en juillet.

Libraries must be curated, not culled with abandon

The reported culling of books published before 2008 at the Peel District School Board raises questions about the educators involved

Peel school board faces calls for transparency on library ‘weeding’ process

Students and a national library association say a school board west of Toronto needs to be more transparent about the so-called “weeding” of its libraries amid concerns some books are being removed from collections solely because they were published before 2008.

These library workers are fighting for $1.35 more per hour. Their Ontario town is fighting back

Library workers in Bradford West Gwillibury have been striking for more than 50 days, one of the longest library strikes in Ontario history.

September 13, 2023

Banning books could be next in Saskatchewan education wars

Despite claims that is responding to concerns from Saskatchewan residents, it appears the province’s government is being told what to do.

Confusion over school board’s library book purge

Parents and students are questioning the decision of the Peel Regional School Board, just outside Toronto, to toss thousands of books because of a policy requiring librarians to toss books that are in poor shape, were published before 2008 or aren’t considered inclusive

Des milliers de livres retirés des bibliothèques d’écoles près de Toronto

Des élèves et des parents se plaignent de la politique d’épuration de livres du Conseil scolaire public anglais de la région de Peel en banlieue de Toronto.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce orders Peel school board to stop throwing out books

Trustees, parents and the minister of education were pointing fingers Wednesday over who is to blame for half-empty library shelves at Peel public schools in the wake of a rapid book purge that included Anne Frank’s ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ and Harry Potter series.

‘Empty shelves with absolutely no books’: Students, parents question school board’s library weeding process

Several Peel District School Board students, parents and community members are concerned about a seemingly inconsistent approach to a new book weeding process intended to ensure school library books are inclusive, but that appears to have led some schools to remove thousands of books published in 2008 or earlier.

Ontario education minister asks school board to halt library book removal process

Ontario’s education minister has asked a school board west of Toronto to immediately stop its so-called “weeding” of school libraries after concerns were raised about how it was carrying out the process of assessing and removing older books.

September 9, 2023

Bonnyville Municipal Library turns 60

“I wonder if those first library members imagined the library as it is today. Not just books, but computers, STEAM kits, digital resources and more. If they realized the library as an all-access pass to the world.”

Everything, to everyone, all at once: How libraries ended up on the front line of Toronto’s urban crisis

When homelessness rises, barriers to mental health-care persist, and social supports thin, the myriad issues facing Canada’s cities inevitably show up in one of the last truly public spaces.

London’s library is now a hub for ancestral research, and it’s free

London Public Library’s central branch helps people to research their family roots using FamilySearch in The London Room on the third floor.

Naming of new library building stirs debate on council

Airdrie city council requested a workshop session be held to come up with a name for the community’s new library and cultural centre during its meeting on Sept. 5.

September 8, 2023

Western librarians and archivists take next step toward possible strike

UWOFA-LA have began bargaining a new collective agreement with Western, where negotiations have stalled. The union has requested a “no-board” report and can legally strike 17 days after the report

September 7, 2023

In a former monastery, dozens of boxes hold the hidden history of Quebec lesbians

The Lesbian Archives of Quebec hold the hidden stories of lesbians in the province — from brunches and communes to a wedding between women in 1942.

Town councillors agree to move downtown library, consider hotel or housing for Centennial Square

Former post office site will be home to a new Oakville Central Library, as the town studies using some of its downtown land for residential development.

September 6, 2023

Library staff could increase with move to new Bracebridge facility

Mayor Rick Maloney called the library a “generational project,” which needs “staff support so that the community gets the best out of its investment.”

‘Totally untrue’: Bradford mayor refutes library union claims

‘Strike is about a council and a mayor that has made up their mind that they will do whatever it takes to ensure that these workers do not get a fair wage increase,’ says union

September 4, 2023

Kirkland Lake library revamp $100K away from its goal

The Town of Kirkland Lake needs to raise another $100,000 to upgrade the children’s department at the library. If the $600,000 goal is reached, renovations at the Teck Centennial Library would likely begin in the winter of 2024.

September 2, 2023

Child literacy: Boosting reading at home

Jodi Nickle, a professor from the Department of Education at Mount Royal University, joins Global News Calgary to discuss child literacy in Alberta and tips to get your child reading.

Kids benefit from seeing their lives in books. Banning ‘challenging’ or ‘difficult’ titles is not the answer

Banning books and sheltering readers from things they are experiencing anyway does nothing to prepare kids for what our world really looks like

Midland library getting hydroponic tower thanks to grant

The Midland Public Library received a Smart and Caring grant from the Huronia Community Foundation’s Environment and LabX funds.

A new CSIS ad campaign is using Soviet-style imagery to warn Canadians about disinformation

Canada’s spy agency is leaning on Soviet imagery to help prime the public against disinformation, but experts say Moscow is more likely to use images that make readers think the messaging is coming from North American sources.

Popular seed-sharing program at Edmonton Public Library comes to an end

“The interest was there; it was huge, lots of demand for the seeds. Ultimately, we found the demand was so high that the library just couldn’t keep up.”

Public library see increase in usage, programming and funding in 2022

Thunder Bay’s public libraries saw notable increases in people attending programming, applying for library cards and using available services in 2022 compared to previous years.

September 1, 2023

Drag protester denies wrongdoing in alleged assault, claims wide-ranging conspiracy

A woman under investigation for assault following a scuffle outside a Drag Storytime event says she believes she is fighting “a spiritual battle between good and evil.”

Windsor Public Library is eliminating overdue fines. Here’s why

Windsor Public Library put a pause on overdue fines in 2020. Now the library board has decided to continue that policy change indefinitely — effectively eliminating late fees.

A year after Vancouver Public Library eliminated fines, here’s how many books are now overdue

Waiving late fees represents hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in lost revenue, but library officials say this story has a happy ending.

August 31, 2023

Overdue fines dropped for kids at North Bay Library

Beginning tomorrow the North Bay Public Library will no longer be charging late fines for material borrowed from the Children’s Department.

August 30, 2023

Editorial: Yorkton library stays put — what’s next

So, with the library secure where it should be, it’s time to gather the diverse users together and plot a course to preserve and expand programming.

Flashback: Wayne and Shuster go inside the CBC vault

In a segment from a training film, the comedians visit a little-seen department of the national broadcaster: the CBC Film Library

Windsor Public Library to stop charging late fees

The Windsor Public Library’s board of directors approved ending late fees and will waive all outstanding fines.

August 29, 2023

‘Anti pride’ protester arrested at drag storytime event in Kamloops: RCMP

RCMP say a protest at a drag storytime event for children at a library in the B.C. Interior over the weekend has resulted in one arrest and an investigation into reports of a separate assault at the scene.

Arbitration won’t solve Bradford library labour dispute: union

‘Instead of providing fair wages, they’re spending yet more library funding on a lengthy legal fight,’ says local president

August 28, 2023

Wait—Is ChatGPT Even Legal?

AI companies are using copyrighted works to train their systems. The lawsuits are just getting started

August 27, 2023

This London librarian is spreading the joy of reading with her passion for fashion

Linda Ludke has a special knack for matchmaking, but it’s not in the world of romance. She’s paired about 100 children’s books with her quirky second-hand fashion finds.

August 26, 2023

Blue Mountains Public Library Board looking for a new library CEO

Current CEO Dr. Sabrina Saunders has resigned her position and will be leaving in the fall due to health concerns and relocating.

August 25, 2023

‘A central resource’: Burlington Public Library launches digital local history archive

The Burlington Public Library (BPL) officially launched the Burlington Digital Archive on Aug. 23. The new online portal houses the digitized local history collections of Burlington Public Library, the Burlington Historical Society and the City of Burlington.

Library board applies for arbitration to end 36-day strike

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library workers have been on strike since July 21 when negotiations came to a head

TNRL announces the launch of a tiny library located in Aberdeen Mall

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library has announced it will be opening a small, temporary library location inside Aberdeen Mall this fall.

August 24, 2023

Library to focus on literacy, engagement, reconciliation

St. Albert Public Library is looking to build on past efforts to improve early childhood literacy, community engagement, and reconciliation, according to a new strategic plan.

North Shore libraries recognized with six awards

It was a clean sweep for the North Vancouver District Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial Library at this year’s ALA PR Xchange Awards

Okanagan Regional Library forgiving late, damaged returns

“The last thing we want is for anyone to be concerned about library holds, returns, and lost or damaged items. The well-being of our patrons and staff remains our top priority.”

Ontario’s information watchdog is considering ‘potential next steps’ on alleged deleted Greenbelt emails

Another Ontario watchdog is taking a closer look at the province’s Greenbelt changes after an audit found political staff deleted records and used personal accounts to email lobbyists about the protected area.

Smiths Falls library gets go-ahead from municipal heritage committee for various changes

The Smiths Falls Public Library received support from the municipal heritage committee, or MHC, to make certain changes in relation to their extensive renovations.

August 23, 2023

Archivists race to save Toronto history from acidic doom

Two archive collections held in Toronto are slowly being eaten away by a chemical reaction, but archivists are painstakingly working to save the material from destruction.

Chinguacousy Library re-opens in ski chalet in Brampton

As recently as last month, no one quite knew when Brampton’s Chinguacousy Library would reopen, but it appears it has settled into its new home for now

Gabrielle-Roy : « une bibliothèque réinventée »

Cuisiner, louer des instruments de musique, assister à un spectacle, voir un film, jardiner : la nouvelle bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy promet aux citoyens de Québec «une programmation culturelle foisonnante» et des services qui vont bien au-delà de la traditionnelle location de livres.

Lincoln Pelham Library receives grant for bookmobile

The Lincoln and Pelham Public Library (LPPL) has been awarded $25,000 by Desjardins Financial Services in support of a bookmobile project.

August 22, 2023

Ottawa rejected independent study of access to information system in favour of internal review, documents reveal

The federal government rejected a plan to reform Canada’s ailing access to information regime, and instead, against the advice of bureaucrats, embarked on a limited internal review that produced no substantive change.

August 21, 2023

Brighton Public Library branches out with new stick library

The main branch of the Brighton Public Library now includes a stick library for dogs.

Ground broken on Airdrie’s future library, multi-use facility

Starting a new chapter on a story that’s been years in the making, the City of Airdrie finally turned dirt on its new library on Aug. 21.

The parental rights Trojan Horse

Parental rights are a dog whistle for regressive politics that harm and bully LGBTTQ+ students and community members.

Why the smell of vinegar shut down a Toronto library’s historical newspaper archive

The Toronto Reference Library is working to save rare pieces of its historic newspaper collection from ‘vinegar syndrome’ — a destructive and contagious chemical decay process that means the clock is ticking for anyone trying to preserve history stored on acetate film.

August 20, 2023

Canadian media trained audiences to use Facebook. With Meta blocking news, what’s next?

Canadian news publishers haven’t given up hope that Meta will lift a ban on Canadian news, but in the meantime, they’re scrambling to draw audiences directly to them.

Shelf help: St. Catharines library removes books to make space for the future

Library officials say despite fewer items on the shelves, the overall collection size has grown with digital and physical offerings to more than 1.5 million items.

August 18, 2023

Bradford library labour negotiations break down 

‘This is not about the money; this is about council making a point that they just don’t have any care for the female-dominated jobs in this town,’ says union president

Bradford library workers continue strike, rejecting latest offer

The latest contract offer presented to striking library workers in Bradford West Gwillimbury has been rejected by the union.

Essa Township library transforms into community hub

“There is an increased demand for entertainment, social connection and for safe spaces.”

August 17, 2023

Library expands use of social workers to Barton Branch

Social workers have been so busy at the Hamilton Public Library’s (HPL) Central Library that the program designed to help connect vulnerable residents with city services is being expanded to the Barton Branch.

London Children’s Museum now $2M closer to relocation in city’s east end

The Canadian government announced $2 million in funding Thursday to support the move and expansion of the London Children’s Museum.

Relief felt for some, but not all, following resolution on Yorkton library location

Call it another chapter of the ongoing library controversy — but a decision has been made on the future of the Yorkton Public Library.

August 16, 2023

‘It’s about respect’: Bradford library, union return to bargaining table

Today marks Day 27 of the strike, which makes it one of the longest library worker strikes in Ontario history, says union

Breslau is finally getting its own full-service library

A new full-service Region of Waterloo Library branch will provide the community of Breslau with services they have wanted for at least two years

Yorkton library to remain downtown after building sale falls through

In a private meeting earlier this week, city council learned the sale fell through because of ‘environmental issues’ related to a former SaskPower diesel plant in a nearby parking lot.

August 15, 2023

Despite protest, drag queen storytime event a source of pride, Headingley librarian says

Winnipeg drag queen Miss Assuma Gender had never seen protesters show up outside one of her events prior to Saturday, but she’s glad a family-friendly storytime event at a Manitoba library went well despite heated protests outside.

Yorkton Public Library move cancelled after buyer backs out

The Yorkton Public Library will be staying put after the proposed sale of its current location fell through.

August 14, 2023

Depot or station? Proposal to change Craigleith museum’s name chugs forward

The Blue Mountains Public Library, which operates the Depot as both a museum of local history and a library branch, recently requested that the name of the facility be changed from the Depot to Craigleith Station.

An open letter to the community from Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library CUPE 905 Workers

Striking library workers ‘disheartened’ by town, CEO

August 13, 2023

Cambridge Idea Exchange needs $400k worth of emergency window repairs

With multiple large windows breaking and posing a danger to occupants of the Queen Square Idea Exchange, the city is looking at replacement ‘as soon as possible’

The $400,000 project will be funded from the Canada Community-Building Fund, formerly the Federal Gas Tax, which has an uncommitted balance of $1,334,400.

August 12, 2023

Meta’s removal of Canadian news impacting Indigenous media and communities

One independent Indigenous news organization in Canada says it will have to find new ways to reach its audience after Meta removed it from its platforms in response to new federal legislation, while a group representing 8,000 people in Kahnawà:ke says it can’t post community updates anymore.

Library eliminates late fines for those 24 and under

Living independently, with difficult class schedules, managing new job responsibilities and coping with other stressors is part of life — and Halton Hills Public Library is offering a fresh start for individuals in such phases.

Old is new: Simcoe County archives getting makeover

‘All of this will improve the rate at which records are processed, arranged and described, and made available to the public,’ said county archivist of $1.6M project

August 11, 2023

Books overdue? Library ending late fines for readers aged 18 to 24

Allowing young adults to borrow materials without the risk of fines encourages them to use the library more often and makes visits less stressful, Halton Hills Public Library says

‘I’m angry’: Striking Bradford library workers vow to keep fighting

‘We don’t want to be out here. I want to go back to work. I have kids to support,’ says frustrated worker; union says they would return to bargaining upon a new offer

Library helps put together pieces of genealogy puzzle

Kingston residents can register for 30-minute Zoom session with librarian, where they can ask questions, or discuss problems they’re facing in search.

Plans call for a permanent library in Breslau

The basement level of the Breslau Community Centre is slated to become the home of a permanent library in the village. The Region of Waterloo plans to open the facility in February, subject to approval from its library committee next week.

Quebec’s only LGBTQ2S+ library gets $5,000 donation

Located inside Montreal’s LGBTQ+ Community Centre, the Open Book Library is believed to be the only LGBTQ+ library in Quebec. This Pride week, Amazon Canada donated $5,000 to the community centre.

August 10, 2023

Canadian writers can’t afford to write non-fiction anymore – and that’s a problem for all of us

If we stop publishing new work about our history, we risk forgetting who we are as a country, Charlotte Gray writes

Free hygiene products available at some Toronto library branches through The Personal Care Bank

You can now find personal care items at some Toronto Library buildings after TPL teams up with the Personal Care Bank.

New CEO Richard Bee begins work at Fort Frances Public Library

Last week, Richard Bee began his new position as the chief executive officer (CEO) at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre (FFPLTC). He officially began his permanent contract on August 2, 2023, and says things have been going well so far.

Audit finds 800 items missing from Canadian history museum, no plan to deal with it

An investigation by Canada’s auditor general found the Canadian Museum of History’s conservation system is putting its collections at risk.

August 9, 2023

Breslau pushing for permanent public library

The push continues in Breslau for a permanent public library.

The Township of Woolwich currently has a satellite branch in the Breslau Community Centre (BCC), however the community is hoping for standalone facilities like in Elmira and St. Jacobs.

August 7, 2023

Memory kits for people with dementia now available at Halifax libraries

Memory kits, which include games, books and activities to help people with memory loss and dementia, are now available at the Halifax Public Libraries.

N.L. NDP calls on government for increased library funding as digital usage rises

Newfoundland and Labrador’s NDP is giving the provincial government a failing grade for its handling of the public library system, but despite years of frozen funding and rapid inflation, it looks like the libraries’ financial circumstances will stay cool.

August 4, 2023

Vancouver librarians caught in the middle of the culture war

The Vancouver Public Library is not immune from the culture war. According to a list for the period of January 2022 to June 2023, released under freedom of information law, library users filed 17 challenges to books and one CD.

National archives to digitize, transfer 6 million pages of Indian day school records, official says

Canada’s national archives is working to identify, digitize and transfer six million pages of federal Indian day school records to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, enough paper to fill “multiple tractor trailer loads completely packed with pages,” one official says.

U of G cuts $2 million from library operating budget

Budget reduction will result in a number of operational changes, including cancelled subscriptions, collapsing vacant positions and using time slots for services

Ontario NDP leader lends support to Bradford’s striking library workers

‘Somebody has to wake up, whether it’s the CEOs at Loblaws and Metro or the folks at city hall in communities like this,’ said Marit Stiles while supporting local library workers

August 3, 2023

Heritage Canada shuts down its library, begins months-long work identifying titles to transfer to Library and Archives Canada

The department says this closure will allow it to re-allocate resources to meet growing demand for digital information management services, but librarians and researchers worry that pandemic shutdowns were a first step towards further closures.

August 2, 2023

Union, town offer up details behind stalled Bradford library talks

New details provide a peek behind the curtain of stalled labour negotiations at the Bradford library, where workers walk the picket line for the 13th straight day Wednesday.

Both the CEO and the union representing workers at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library provided separate messages on Tuesday, ahead of a closed meeting of council set to discuss library labour relations.

Video: Say farewell to Chinguacousy Library with a flashback to Bramalea Civic Centre in the ’70s

The Chinguacousy Library branch has shut its doors for the last time at the Bramalea Civic Centre, but the Peel Archives is giving residents one last blast from the past with a look at the centre when it first opened in the ’70s.

August 1, 2023

‘Blocking the wrong people’: Calgary Public Library sees increase in membership, borrowing 3 years after going fine-free

Just over three years after moving to a permanent fine-free model, the Calgary Public Library has seen tens of thousands of users return to use its services. Circulation of materials is up and renewals have increased by nearly 50 per cent.