Libraries: a welcoming place for everyone

York Region libraries collaborate to support area newcomers

NEWMARKET, Ontario, October 2, 2014 –
Libraries are a central hub for information in a community and are often a gathering place for newcomers where they can connect to resources or information. Building Connections Between Libraries is a collective action under the York Region Immigration Settlement Strategy that brought together all nine local municipal library systems to share best practices, resources and tools to support newcomers. This action works in collaboration with federally funded Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP).

The Library Settlement Partnership in York Region (LSPYR) has expanded to a successful partnership with nine library systems in York Region, two settlement service agencies, The Regional Municipality of York, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Over the years, LSPYR has expanded settlement programming by delivering settlement service in libraries, increasing awareness of supports available to newcomers, supporting seamless and coordinated service delivery within the library system and fostering knowledge-sharing across sectors.

In celebration of Ontario Public Library Week themed Libraries Inspire, and to respond to the fast growing diverse population in York Region, LSPYR embraces the message of Library: a welcoming place for everyone through various programming including Meet Your Citizenship Judge, volunteering workshop for newcomers, library open house, Be Connected: community information display and on-site settlement service & outreach. These programs will be offered in various libraries across York Region during Ontario Public Library Week, October 19-25, 2014.

List of partners of Library Settlement Partnership in York Region:

Library partners:
Aurora Public Library www.library.aurora.on.ca
East Gwillimbury Public Library www.egpl.ca
Georgina Public Libraries www.georgina-library.com
King Township Public Library www.kinglibrary.ca
Markham Public Library www.markhampubliclibrary.ca
Newmarket Public Library www.newmarketpl.ca
Richmond Hill Public Library www.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca
Vaughan Public Libraries www.vaughanpl.info
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library www.wsplibrary.ca

Settlement agencies:
Catholic Community Services of York Region www.ccsyr.org
Social Enterprise for Canada www.socialenterprise.ca
York Region Local Immigration Partnership, The Regional Municipality of York www.york.ca
Citizenship and Immigration Canada www.cic.gc.ca

For more information, please contact
Robert Hickey, the co-chair of LSPYR Steering Committee-Northern York Region rhickey@ccsyr.org
Todd Kyle, the co-chair of LSPYR Steering Committee-Northern York Region tkyle@newmarketpl.ca
Stephen Lam, the co-chair of LSPYR Steering Committee-Southern York Region slam@ccsyr.org
Diane Macklin, the co-chair of LSPYR Steering Committee-Southern York Region
dmacklin@markham.library.on.ca

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