Library Settlement Partnerships Celebrate Third Anniversary
Celebration includes citizenship ceremony and human library
TORONTO (Wednesday, October 19, 2011) – Toronto Public Library and community partners will celebrate Library Settlement Partnership Day 2011 on Friday, October 21, the third anniversary of the newcomer program in Toronto.
This year’s celebrations include a citizenship ceremony, community information fairs and cultural entertainment. New this year is a Newcomer Human Library program at Centennial, Parkdale, Thorncliffe and York Woods branches giving newcomers the opportunity to check out human books.
The Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) program is funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada. This financial support enables community agencies to work with the public library to provide settlement information at the local level. All participating branches serve communities with high immigrant populations. In 2010, Toronto Public Library’s LSP program served more than 25,000 Newcomers.
The LSP program started in the Toronto Public Library and then expanded across the province. It is currently available in 11 communities including Ottawa, Hamilton, Brampton & London. Settlement information services are available at 49 library branches across the province.
LSP Day is celebrated the third Friday in October each year and coincides with Canadian Citizenship Week and Ontario Public Library Week (October 16th – 22nd).
Toronto Public Library is the largest participating library system with LSP programs & services offered at 19 branches. Local community partners include:
Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow more than 32 million items. As cornerstones of their neighbourhoods, our libraries connect people to each other and to their community, inspiring the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading and the pursuit of knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more, please visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.