Education Minister Peter Fassbender is proclaiming October 2013 Library Month in British Columbia, reinforcing the important role local libraries play in education and literacy in communities throughout the province.
"Libraries have always been tremendous community resources for people looking to learn, explore, or just find that great story to read on a rainy Sunday afternoon,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education. “As well, libraries play an important role in the economic life of communities, helping people find work and supporting businesses through a wide range of services."
The proclamation coincides with the Canadian Library Association naming October as Canadian Library Month. This year's theme across the country is "Libraries Connect".
Libraries foster lifelong learning and help British Columbians of all ages connect with the information, programs and resources they need to learn, work and live fuller lives. Since 1999, B.C. has joined other provinces in celebrating Library Week and Library Month as a means of promoting the many valuable services provided by libraries of all types.
Throughout B.C., local libraries will have a number of events and activities to help celebrate Library Month. Check out your local library for details about what is happening in your area.
"Celebrating libraries is the celebration of our communities,” said Annette DeFaveri, executive director, British Columbia Library Association. “Libraries are the foundation of an engaged and literate citizenship and the connection between all members of our communities regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, heritage, physical or mental capabilities and class. When you visit a library you visit the future."