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Big fun as Northumberland libraries celebrate Library Week

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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NORTHUMBERLAND -- Open houses, book sales, free transit, celebrity check-out volunteers, forgiven fines -- local libraries found a number of innovative and enjoyable ways to celebrate Ontario Library Week.

At Port Hope council, Deputy Mayor Greg Burns passed along a report of the events planned at that municipality's library branches in Port Hope and Garden Hill.

Burns also passed along sincere thanks to Davis's Your Independent Grocer for a string of fundraisers they've held for the library in recent months (such as pumpkin sales and a barbecue) that have raised $1,818.55.

He also offered an update on the 150-150 campaign that started in the spring, inviting supporters to donate $150 to the library in honour of Canada's 150th birthday.

"To date, we are inching up toward 150 donors -- it's currently 146," Burns said.

"To date, that has raised $24,993.55. It will be oer $25,000," he predicted.

"That has made a remarkable difference to the type of programs, services, equipment and material we have been able to add to our library branches."

Burns reported a statistic he had heard for Library Week -- that Ontario's 1,134 library service locations receive more than 72-million in-person visits and more than 108-million electronic visits each year.

In MPP Lou Rinalidi's riding of Northumberland-Quinte West, the week brought good news for the region's libraries -- increased funding aimed at enhancing technology, digital services and training opportunities at local public libraries.

The press release listed the amounts each will receive in Improving Library Digital Services funding -- Alderville First Nation Public Library and Resource Centre ($3,000), Alnwick-Haldimand Township Public Library ($6,069), Brighton Public Library Board ($4,767), Cobourg Public Library ($6,911), Cramahe Township Public Library Board ($5,219), Port Hope Public Library Board ($4,025), Trent Hills Public Library Board ($6,671) and Quinte West Public Library ($8,106).

That represents a total of $44,768 going into the riding to give local residents better access to such resources as Wifi hot-spot lending programs, computers, printers, e-readers and technology-focused training.

The press release stated that investing in Ontario's public libraries is part of a plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their every-day lives.

"These investments will support eight libraries in my riding to make services even better and continue to enrich people's lives right here in our own communities," Rinaldi said in the announcement.