York Region MPPs, Steven Del Duca, Michael Chan, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Chris Ballard and Reza Moridi are pleased to announce Ontario is helping libraries across the province offer access to more technology in their communities, such as wireless internet connections, new computers, and e-books, as well as classes on topics like social media and computer literacy.
The province is celebrating Public Library Week with new funding for 5 Libraries and I Library Board in York Region which include:
This funding helps increase access to technology for communities, and gets more people engaged in reading and learning at their local library.
The new technology enhancements coming to local libraries could include:
The funding also supports public training on topics like social media, internet use for beginners and computer literacy. Libraries will determine how their funding will be used, based on their specific local needs.
This investment builds on a commitment in Ontario’s first ever Culture Strategy to support Ontario’s public and First Nation libraries as essential spaces for access to cultural experiences, technology and community life.
Investing in Ontario’s public libraries is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“I am pleased that the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund will bring new funding to libraries across York Region. Many individuals access our Public Libraries and through investments such as this one, our local libraries can improve their resources and provide greater opportunities for those who use their local library to access technology.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P. Oak Ridges-Markham
“Public libraries are an important resource for people of all ages; they offer high-quality programs and services that have a positive impact on Ontarians across the province. By improving access to digital and IT resources, we are helping libraries evolve with technology, which is essential in today’s knowledge economy.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
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