The Carleton Place Public Library is celebrating a big win, Grand Prize in the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club Awards. This is a national award that recognizes and rewards the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Clubs in local public libraries across Canada
Children’s librarian Heidi Sinnett traveled to St. John’s Newfoundland to accept the award at a ceremony held on June 7, 2019. “While we are overjoyed at being recognized, we don’t create programs in order to win prizes, we create them in hopes of inspiring young readers,” says Sinnett. “I might be the person doing the dreaming and planning, but our entire library staff are essential in helping me carry out those dreams and plans.”
The Library hosted a celebration reception in the afternoon on Monday, June 10, 2019. Of the win, Meriah Caswell, Manager of Library Services, had this to say, “What a great award to win this year as we celebrate 200 years as a community. We are celebrating the fact that this is a fantastic community, a place to grow, work, live and play, and what a year to be recognized for the contributions the library makes to the community.”
Randy Hiller, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, sent a certificate of recognition and congratulated the Library for the efforts contributing to the win.
Mayor Black was in attendance and commented “We are fortunate to have such passionate staff and to have that hard work recognized on a national level says a lot about the amount of thought and care that goes into your annual planning and delivery. Let me say, on behalf of Council and the Community, how very proud we are of you.”
TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. This free program is offered at more than 2,200 public libraries across Canada. The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. This is key to building a lifelong love of reading.