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Libraries across Ontario celebrate Culture Days

CNW – “Public libraries throughout Ontario have enthusiastically embraced the spirit of Culture Days. More than 100 public libraries in small towns, mid-sized cities and major urban centres in Ontario are taking part in Culture Days celebrations September 30 to October 2, 2011. Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the public’s awareness, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Find out about Culture Days activities taking place in your community by visiting During the Aeroplan Culture Stories Contest, Canadians told Culture Days that their public library is a favourite place to experience arts and culture. As Catherine B. of Ottawa said, a library is “more than books and dust; it’s thriving, growing, cultivating – we meet, we share, we have a place that’s purely for exploration. Libraries ARE community, and they burst with arts and culture.” The Elgin County Library is hosting a reading by Giller Prize winning author Bonnie Burnard and the Cambridge Libraries and Galleries is presenting storytellers Tongues Wagging Productions. The Stratford, Grimsby and Windsor public libraries are all holding “Human Libraries” during Culture Days. The public can check out “human books” including artists, writers and musicians who have volunteered for one-on-one informative and entertaining chats.”

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