We’ve been keeping this news a secret for over a month, but we finally get to share it with our patrons and community members. The Carleton Place Public Library won 1st place in the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club Awards!
The TD Summer Reading Club Awards began in 2007, developed by the Toronto Public Library in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, and sponsored by the TD Bank. They were established to promote excellence in summer reading programs by celebrating creative library staff who engage children in the joy of reading, promote community partnerships that strengthen children’s reading skills, and facilitate the sharing of information among public libraries across Canada so that they can further develop exemplary reading programs.
We’ve been lucky enough to win several honorable mentions in years past, as well as second prize in 2012, but this is by far our greatest achievement. We enter the awards not because we think we can win, but because we want to share our excitement at all of the wonderful things the TD Summer Reading Club has inspired us to do every summer. It’s a fantastic program that allows smaller libraries like ours to feel like we’re just as important as the big city libraries, because in our hearts, we feel enormous!
Thank you to Library and Archives Canada, the Toronto Public Library, and the TD Bank for making this program so accessible, and more importantly, so inclusive. We are honoured to accept this award, and we’re sure they’ll be happy that they won’t have to wade through our applications anymore! Summer Reading is all about the participants, and we’d like to thank them as well, because our readers make us want to work harder, work smarter, and achieve more–for them.
We’re celebrating TODAY at the library, starting at 1:30pm, and we’d love for you to join us for some refreshments, and lots of happiness in a sea of library struggles lately. (Yes, there will be cake!)