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Francophone services earn award nomination for local library

Halton Hills Public Library shortlisted for the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence
Halton Hills Public Library
Halton Hills Public Library, Georgetown branch.

The Halton Hills Public Library has been shortlisted for the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence for its offering of Francophone programs and services.

Connexions Culturelles is an ongoing commitment to serving the local Francophone community in their primary language.

HHPL launched Connexions Culturelles in 2020 with the aim to develop relationships between the library, its partners, and the local Francophone community. This includes the delivery of arts and culture programs in French, preserving and sharing the story of the local Francophone community through a virtual archive exhibit, and expanding the library’s French-language collection to meet the needs and interests of the community.
“We’re proud of the continued work that we’ve done to engage and support the Francophone community,” said adult services librarian Danielle Dawe. “It’s an honour to be recognized for this award.”

This Ontario Public Library Service Award is granted once a year and recognizes a commitment to excellence in the delivery of public library service. Funding received from the Francophone Community Grants Program allowed HHPL and the Town of Halton Hills to build meaningful relationships with the Francophone community. 

“This grant provided the support needed to connect with the Francophone community in Halton Hills,” said acting chief librarian and CEO Beverley King. “We’ve been able to build on that work to develop sustainable and impactful programs and services."

The winners of the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence will be announced at the 2023 Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference on Feb. 2.