News Release
For immediate release April 21, 2009

More Books on Library Shelves Thanks to Democracy 250 Grant

Halifax Public Libraries has added over 400 items to its collection thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Democracy 250 Legacy Fund.

“The grant allowed us to purchase materials that help people understand democracy and contribute to an informed voting public,” said CEO of Halifax Public Libraries Judith Hare. 

The materials purchased with the grant cover subjects such as politics and government in Nova Scotia and Canada, citizenship, democratic theory, political systems, local government and human rights. The library purchased materials at various reading levels so library users of all ages could benefit from the boost to the collection. The materials have gone to branches throughout Halifax Public Libraries and contain a special bookplate to commemorate the grant.

Howard Epstein, MLA for Halifax Chebucto, chose Halifax Public Libraries as the recipient of a D250 grant. “I am very happy to have been able to support the public library with a D250 grant. Books, and the opportunity for education that they represent, are central to democracy. Without open minds, there will not be an open society. We are blessed to have a good library system here. We have to continue to nurture it,” said Howard Epstein.

The official presentation of the cheque will take place on Thursday, April 23 at 10 a.m. in the reference department of the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library. Howard Epstein will be in attendance.


Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.


Contact: Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries