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BPL wins Award of Excellence for large public libraries

Ontario government recognizes Burlington Public Library for innovative programming

Burlington Public Library was announced as this year's winner of the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence for large public libraries at the Ontario Public Library Service Awards at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday evening, February 2, 2017. Burlington Public Library was nominated for their community-led youth service model and leadership in youth-related initiatives.

The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and MPP for Burlington, together with Maureen Adamson, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, presented the award at the Ontario Library Association’s annual conference to honour outstanding and innovative programs that improve literacy and promote lifelong learning and library use. Maureen Barry, chief executive officer, Amanda Wilk, community librarian for youth, and Shelley Archibald, community librarian for technology, accepted the award.

Burlington Public Library’s community-led model is transforming how teens interact with the library. Moving from a top down model, the library has embraced a teen-led philosophy which places teens into positions of power, enabling them to co-create programs and initiatives that enrich their lives. Focused on providing empowering leadership and growth opportunities, centred around key community needs of connect, create, innovate, and iterate, the library works with teens to develop initiatives. These include co-planned programs, teen-run Instagram and Tumblr accounts, student art displays in library branches and maker-based high school co-op placements.

“We believe young people learn best when learning is connected to their passions, desires, and interests,” says Maureen Barry, chief executive officer. “By supporting and empowering Burlington youth, and inviting them to help shape library services, we play a key role in equipping them with the skills they need for a successful and productive adulthood.”

This is the Library's fifth nomination and third win of the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence. The Library last won this award in February 2012 for the intergenerational program series, I’ll Show You How (2011).

Burlington Public Library was also honoured to be selected as a short list nominee for the Minister's Award for Innovation for the BookArts bookbinding program at Brant Hill branch.

The Public Library Service Awards were created in 1985 by the Ontario government. A jury drawn from Ontario’s public library community reviewed entries from across Ontario. All 2016 shortlisted award nominees

Ontario Public Library Service Awards & Burlington Public Library

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence

2003 – Shortlisted for children’s website

2008 – Shortlisted for Betty Blogger Web 2.0 – WON, 2009

2011 – Shortlisted for I’ll Show You How intergenerational program – WON, 2012

2013 – Shortlisted for Read Free book club for people with developmental disabilities

2016 – Shortlisted for community-led youth service model - WON, 2017

Minister's Award for Innovation

2016 – Shortlisted for BookArts bookbinding program at Brant Hill branch