As part of the Gananoque Public Library’s 2023 TD Summer Reading Club, the library held a variety of activities and events, like this one – a minerals and fossils show with the help from Queen’s University Miller Museum. The library won the first-place award for their 2023 TD Summer Reading Club efforts. – Submitted photo

The Gananoque Public Library has picked up some well-deserved hardware.

Last Friday, at the Saskatchewan Library Association Conference, the winners of the 2023 TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards in the English category received their awards.

And the Gananoque Public Library won first place.

Two libraries were selected as second place winners by the jurors, Cambridge Public Library and Winnipeg Public Library.

A video capturing the Gananoque Public Library’s efforts can be found on YouTube, via the 2023 TDSRC Library Awards.

The Gananoque Public Library used a unique and fun way to roll out the Summer Reading Club to the community, like holding a launch day festivity outside Town Hall, as a way to take the library to the streets; setting up daily programming, like Monday Meet Up with Camps and Families. There was Maker Tuesday, with the building of bird slide whistles, bristle bots, soap stone carving and bees wax wrap candles; special event Wednesday, with a minerals and fossils show; a cooking lesson with a chef and teacher; Friday in the Park with storytelling; activities at the Thousand Islands Boat Museum; and picnics, just to name a few.

“To every parent whose child joined the club last year, please give your growing reader a super high five from all our staff,” a statement by the public library reads. “Your child’s enthusiasm, when sharing their summer reads with us, made our summer so much fun. This win belongs to all our littlest library members, their families, camps and caregivers.”

Mayor John Beddows congratulated the staff and volunteers of the Gananoque Public Library.

“If you are at the library, please feel free to give them a ‘high five’,” said Beddows. “Libraries matter, and building a habit of literacy and critical thinking in our youngest residents creates informed and powerful adults with the tools to invent the future.”

Beddows also invited the community to attend the May 21 council meeting, either in person or with WEBEX, as representatives from the Gananoque Public Library will be present, discussing their programming.

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