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Library Awards

2015 Library Awards

Please note that the deadline for submissions is November 2, 2015.

New this year - First prize is now $10 000 !

2014 Library Awards–Eureka!

Library and Archives Canada, along with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, are pleased to announce the winners of the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards for 2014. Since 2007, the Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada. This year, the first and second prizes were awarded on June 5 at the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Library Association Conference in Ottawa.

The first-prize winners for 2014 are as follows:
  • Médiathèque maskoutaine (Quebec) – French category
  • Musquodoboit Valley Library Services, Halifax Public Libraries (Nova Scotia) – English category

Médiathèque maskoutaine – French category

The 2014 TD Summer Reading Club at Médiathèque maskoutaine was a great success, earning this library the first prize in the French category! The number of book loans increased significantly over the summer. The lead organizer played a key role in the success of the TD Summer Reading Club. In addition to storytelling, she brought tubs of books to local day camps that children could look through at their leisure. Médiathèque maskoutaine held several book draws to encourage young people to keep reading.

Maskoutaine

Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations, TD Bank Group
Sophie April, Public Services, Médiathèque maskoutaine
Johanna Smith, Director General, Library and Archives Canada

Musquodoboit Valley Library Services – English category 

The community of Musquodoboit Valley does not have access to a physical library, but that did not stop its sole librarian, Amanda Fullerton, from offering the TD Summer Reading Club to children! Amanda put considerable time and effort into organizing the Club by bringing ever-changing boxes of books to a public park and running a full program from a gazebo there so that children in this small rural community could enjoy reading over the summer. A true lesson of innovation and determination!

 Musquodoboit

Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations , TD Bank Group
Amanda Fullerton, Community Librarian, Musquodoboit Valley Library Services
Johanna Smith, Director General, Library and Archives Canada

French Category  

Second prize was awarded to Bibliothèque de Beaconsfield (Quebec) for its creativity in attracting young readers, as well as its employees’ efforts during the TD Summer Reading Club. Third prize was awarded to Bibliothèque de Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette (Quebec), which participated in the TD Summer Reading Club for the first time and, with few resources, exceeded its reading goals. The library staff showed passion and enthusiasm in making the Reading Club a great success!

English Category
The Richmond Green Public Library (Ontario) was awarded second prize for its very innovative technology-driven programming. In particular, it encouraged young readers to explore online resources and gave them electronic certificates of completion. Third prize was awarded to the Red Deer Public Library (Alberta) for its community involvement. The staff at the Red Deer Public Library held story time at the local farmers’ market! 

Honourable Mentions–French category
  • Bibliothèque de Saint-Léonard (Quebec)
  • Bibliothèque de Clarence-Rockland (Ontario)
  • Bibliothèque de Saint-Pie (Quebec)
  • Bibliothèque L’Octogone (Quebec)
Honourable Mentions–English category
  • Chelsea Library (Quebec)
  • Pembroke Library (Ontario)
  • Leader Branch Library (Saskatchewan)
  • Wainfleet Library (Ontario)
For more information about the winners of the awards, visit the TD Summer Reading Club website: http://www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca/

* The TD Summer Reading Club is an inclusive program that strives to engage all children in the joy of reading during the summer months while championing Canadian writers and illustrators. Children who register for the TD Summer Reading Club at their local library receive free program materials and are encouraged to earn twelve collectible stickers by reading books over the summer.

2013 Library Awards - Go!

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the TD Summer Reading Club are pleased to announce the winners of the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards for 2013.

Since 2007, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada. The awards were officially presented to the first and second place winners on May 31st at the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Library Association conference which was held in Victoria, British Columbia.

The first-prize winners for their 2013 programs are Westmount Public Library (Westmount, Quebec) in the English category and Bibliothèque Robert-Bourassa (Outremont, Québec) in the French category.

Westmount Public Library staff and volunteers combined creative programming with good literacy practices to actively promote reading. The results of their efforts were evident in their readership statistics and the feedback they received from participants and parents.

Bibliothèque Robert-Bourassa used a variety of creative techniques to encourage children to read and included the community in the process through a successful art project. Their “Tour de défi de lecture” was an effective visual record of the reading children completed throughout the summer.

Second-prize winners are Pickering Central Library (Pickering, Ontario) in the English category and the Bibliothèque municipale de Sainte-Christine (Sainte-Christine, Quebec) in the French category.

Pickering Central Library reached out to a large number of children with its TD Summer Reading Club in 2013. Over 300 children reported on the books they had read each week, all of the children had one-on-one time to talk about the books they had read with library staff or volunteers.

Bibliothèque municipale de Sainte-Christine is with very small library with limited resources that depends on volunteers to run the program. A giant reading thermometer in the library measured the number of books read and on-line activities and communication kept children reading on days they weren’t at the library.

Libraries who received Honourable Mention for their programs are:

• Bibliothèque publique de Clarence-Rockland (Rockland, Ontario)
• Médiathèque Maskoutaine (St-Hyacinthe, Québec)
• Crossfield Municipal Library (Crossfield, Alberta)
• Orangeville Public Library (Orangeville, Ontario)
• Red Deer Public Library (Red Deer, Alberta)
• Springfield Library (Springfield, Ontario)

2012 Library Awards - Imagine

Gatineau, Quebec, June 3, 2013 - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the TD Summer Reading Club are pleased to announce the winners of the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards for 2012. Since 2007, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada.
Separate awards are presented for the English and French summer reading programs. The first prize winners are the Queen’s Square Branch, Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge, Ontario) for the English category, and Bibliothèque L’Octogone (LaSalle, Quebec) for the French category. Second prize winners are the Carleton Place Public Library (Carleton Place, Ontario) for the English category, and the Bibliothèque de Chelsea (Chelsea, Quebec) for the French category. The awards were officially presented on June 1 at the closing ceremonies of the annual conference of the Canadian Library Association in Winnipeg, Manitoba. First prize winners each receive $5,000 to be invested in their libraries and second prize winners receive $2,500 for the same purpose.
Congratulations as well to those libraries who received Honourable Mention for their programs: Airdrie Public Library (Airdrie, Alberta); Bibliothèque de Saint-Lambert (Saint-Lambert, Quebec); Bibliothèque de Sainte-Julie (Sainte-Julie, Quebec); Pickering Public Library (Pickering , Ontario); Wainfleet Public Library (Wainfleet, Ontario); and Westmount Public Library (Westmount, Quebec).
A joint initiative between the TD Bank Group, Library and Archives Canada and the Toronto Public Library, the TD Summer Reading Club is an award-winning program that offers children and their families a fun way to enjoy reading during the summer months. Through the participation of libraries across the country, the program offers an innovative approach towards helping to raise literacy levels in Canada.

About the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards

Since 2007, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada. Separate awards are presented for the English and French summer reading programs.

The TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards are sponsored by TD Bank Group, which is a committed and generous supporter of children’s literacy across Canada.

The Awards were established to promote excellence in summer reading programs by:

  • celebrating the creativity of library staff who engage children in reading through their TD Summer Reading Club program
  • promoting community partnerships that strengthen children's reading skills
  • facilitating the sharing of information among public libraries across Canada so that they can further develop exemplary summer reading programs

Libraries offering the program for at least six weeks during the summer months are eligible to apply for the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards.

Prizes and honours

First-prize winners in each language will receive:

  • $10,000 to be invested in their public library branch
  • an honorary plaque
  • national recognition through a press release
  • the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony

Second-prize winners in each language will receive:

  • $2,500 to be invested in their public library branch
  • an honorary plaque
  • national recognition through a press release
  • the opportunity to attend the Awards ceremony

Third-prize winners in each language will receive:

  • $1,000 to be invested in their public library branch
  • an honorary plaque
  • national recognition through a press release

Winners will be announced at public library related conferences.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • The applicant must be a local public library or a public library branch that is registered with the TD Summer Reading Club.
  • The applicant must have offered the TD Summer Reading Club program, in its local branch, for a minimum of six weeks during the previous summer and have clearly identified the TD Summer Reading Club in all of its promotional and programming materials.
  • The applicant must be prepared to promote its TD Summer Reading Club program and share its success strategies through workshops and/or on the program website.

Please note: The winners from any given year will not be eligible for prizes in the following year.

Participating libraries may apply in one language category, English or French.

How to apply

  1. Review the Letter of Agreement for participation (signed by your library to participate in the program), Tips from the jury for successful applications and Evaluation Criteria.
  2. Complete and print the 2015 Application Form [PDF]. 
  3. Write a program description that demonstrates both innovation and the results of the public library branch's TD Summer Reading Club program. Entries will be assessed for their impact on children’s reading and literacy, effective outreach strategies, creative program implementation, and clear identification of the TD Summer Reading Club in all materials, as outlined in the Evaluation Criteria.
  4. Include essential supporting documentation to substantiate your application. Documentation should effectively define the program offered by your library and can include photographs, letters, statistics, news articles, copies of website pages, newsletters, promotional materials, newspaper clippings or other appropriate materials. (High-quality photos are preferred over actual crafts or DVDs.)
  5. Clearly label all documentation with the name of your library.

Only paper copies of the applications will be accepted. Please send your application by mail or courier to:

Library and Archives Canada
TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards
550 Boulevard de la Cité, Room 5-22
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0N4

The deadline for submissions is November 2, 2015.

Evaluation criteria for application

Applicants will be evaluated according to all of the following evaluation criteria. The program description and supporting documentation must provide evidence that the public library branch:

  1. offered the TD Summer Reading Club program for at least six weeks
  2. clearly identified the TD Summer Reading Club in all of its promotional and programming materials (note item 3 in the Letter of Agreement and Material Order Form, signed by your library to participate in this year’s program)
  3. followed the general guidelines for the TD Summer Reading Club, and used the program materials provided
  4. noted an improvement in the children's literacy and reading habits as a result of the TD Summer Reading Club program (increase in interest in reading/books; increase in time spent reading and/or number of books read; increase in materials circulated)
  5. used creative techniques to foster an interest in reading and actively engage children in the TD Summer Reading Club (connections to reading in all activities clearly indicated)
  6. gave children access to and promoted materials (books and other media) of various genres and at different reading levels that were geared to their interests and experiences
  7. regularly scheduled, publicized and carried out TD Summer Reading Club events and activities
  8. developed innovative outreach strategies, and invited various groups of children or involved community groups (e.g. 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs, community centres, summer camps) in the age groups targeted by the library branch
  9. involved community partners in the TD Summer Reading Club program and publicly acknowledged their support (Include copies of your promotional materials or media coverage showing how partners were acknowledged.)
  10. completed and submitted the TD Summer Reading Club Statistics and Evaluation Form which is sent to an independent polling company.

(** Relevant statistics regarding changes and/or improvements in children's literacy and reading habits should be included with the submission to the Awards program as well.)

For more information, please contact your provincial or territorial coordinator or Marietta Mikova: marietta.mikova@bac-lac.gc.ca

Selection Committees

  • Library and Archives Canada will supervise an independent administrator who will coordinate two selection committees, one committee for each language.
  • The administrator will select a nationally recognized panel of at least three judges for each selection committee.
  • The judges will be chosen from the fields of children's literature and librarianship, literacy or education.