October is Canadian Library Month and all month long, libraries across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives.  In addition to being a place to find books and other library materials, libraries promote cultural awareness, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more.  One card represents one million possibilities! 

The First Nations Public Library Week is celebrated the first week of October to coincide with Canadian Library Month. First Nations Public Library Week is celebrating 20 years this year and is not only an opportunity to promote public library services but also to celebrate cultural uniqueness through creative library programming. Search the library’s catalogue for books with a reference to First Nations and celebrate diversity.

The Champlain Library is offering many reasons to celebrate throughout the month and you can view the library’s October Program calendar on the website to see what activities are taking place. Whether it is listening to a story with Alicia during Story Time or spooky stories on Facebook, picking up Make & Take kits for kids, or taking part in the DIY for Teens on Zoom, the library has it covered. Adults can join in with a Virtual Adult Craft on October 19 or participate in one of the several virtual book club chats in English or French.

Ontario Library Week takes place on October 18th to 24th and the library is offering a chance for patrons to win a basket of goodies by taking out library materials. Each time a patron takes out a library item, their name will be entered into the draw. One of the goodies in the basket will be a pumpkin loaf from The Broken Kettle Bakery and Barkery. Don’t have a library card yet with the Champlain Library? Register online on the library’s website at bc-cl.ca or call the library at 613-678-2216.  Help celebrate Canadian Library Month with the Champlain Library!