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First Nations Public Library Week 2011

from our friends at the Children's Book Centre:

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre was honoured to be presented with the Friendship Feather Award under the Friends of Ontario First Nation Public Libraries’ Honour Program. The presentation took place during the Ontario Library Association’s Public Library Awards on Thursday, February 3rd.

The Friendship Feather was created in 2004 to recognize and convey respect and appreciation to individuals and organizations that have actively demonstrated significant understanding of and support for the establishment and ongoing development of public libraries in First Nation communities. It is coordinated by a member of the First Nations Public Library community; nominations are made by members of the community.

Karen Foster, Librarian at the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Public Library, presented the award to the CCBC in recognition of its ongoing support for the First Nations Public Libraries through its programs, particularly the TD Grade One Book Giveaway. “Those giveaway books were like gold to us,” Foster stated; “they brought children and families through the doors of our small libraries — and still do. The Giveaway Book continues to be a significant part of our First Nations Public Library Week celebrations.” Foster also thanked the CCBC for the continuous support of First Nations authors and for promoting Canadian children’s books with aboriginal themes in Canadian Children’s Book News and Best Books for Kids and Teens.

Gillian O’Reilly, Editor of Canadian Children’s Book News, was on hand to accept the award. O’Reilly stated: “It's very important to us at the CCBC that we include First Nations children and First Nations Public Libraries in our programs.” She added, "To all the First Nations Public Library communities, we say Meegwetch and thank you."
First Nations Public Libraries Week runs from February 14th to February 19th, 2011.

The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. They are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Their programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information visit www.bookcentre.ca.

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