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Media Release

For immediate release July 4, 2012

Library in Spryfield Wins National Award

Halifax, NS – The Captain William Spry Public Library, a branch of Halifax Public Libraries, has won a TD Summer Reading Club Library Award for 2011. The library will be awarded $5,000 to be invested in the branch.

The TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards, sponsored by the TD Bank Group and coordinated by Library and Archives Canada, recognize the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada. The Captain William Spry Public Library’s youth services librarian Ella Leving accepted the award at the Canada Library Association national conference in Ottawa, May 30-June 2.

The Captain William Spry Public Library’s summer initiatives included an art camp program, programs delivered in the Greystone community in partnership with Family SOS’s Healthy Kidz program and programs delivered in community schools by the library’s youth services team to promote participation in the TD Summer Reading Club.

“The youth services team at the Captain William Spry Public Library uses a variety of creative techniques to promote the TD Summer Reading Club. We are known in the community for our high-energy presentations that employ drama, humour and interactive elements to engage children. Delivered in a lively, energetic way, our message resonates with kids. We show that reading and libraries are fun, and we get kids excited about getting involved,” said youth services librarian Ella Leving.

The selection committee is comprised of a nationally recognized panel of at least three judges, chosen from the fields of children’s literature and librarianship, literacy or education. “I believe in blending literacy themed programming with fun and excitement. I’m thrilled that our approach to programming has been recognized nationally. The award money will go to good use in our branch,” said Ella.

For more information about the TD Summer Reading Club, visit td-club-td.ca/index-e.html

For more information about Halifax Public Libraries, visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

Connecting people, enriching communities, inspiring discovery.

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For more information, contact:

Terri Fraser
Halifax Public Libraries
490-5859