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CULC in The News

National Book Count a success - lots of media coverage

CULC/CBUC partnered with the Steering Committee of the National Reading Campaign to count the number of books borrowed and sold the week of January 10-16, 2011.  22 CULC/CBUC libraries participated.  The press release is here:


Here are some major media outlets coverage of the National Book Count:


The EXIT Interview with Paul Whitney on his retirement from VPL

Enjoy these three YouTube videos of Vancouver City Librarian Paul Whitney as his retirement neared…



National Book Count launched as lead-up to National Reading Summit

For media enquires please contact:

Jamie Broadhurst



The National Book Count January 10-16 Starts Today


Vancouver, January 10, 2011


Canadians like to think we are a nation of readers.  This week we’re going to test this cherished belief. We are counting how many books are purchased in stores and checked out from public libraries -- both adult and children’s book in French and English. How many books do we buy and borrow on a typical week in January?


For the next seven days (January 10-16) The National Reading Campaign in partnership with BookNet Canada, BookManager, la Société de gestion de la Banque de titres de langue française (BTLF) and The Canadian Urban Libraries Council is going to count the total books sold in Canadian retail outlets or checked out from eighteen major public library systems across Canada.*


Never before have these organizations worked together to tabulate one number for the acquisition of total books in Canada. We estimate we will capture more than 80% of book retail sales and the circulation habits of ten million Canadians. What will the number reveal?


On January 19th on the eve of TD National Reading Summit II: Toward a Nation of Readers we will announce the results. The National Book Count will shed new light on how central reading is in Canadians’ lives today and will serve as a baseline number for Book Counts in years to come and for comparative Book Counts with other countries.


It all begins this week.


About the National Reading Campaign

In 2008 a group of concerned librarians, parent activists, authors, booksellers, teachers, publishers and corporate leaders came together with a common goal -- developing a national reading strategy for Canada and Quebec.  Out of this initiative the TD National Reading Summits were born. Summit I was held in Toronto in 2009, Summit II will be in Montreal and Summit III is planned for Vancouver.  For more information on the program, speakers, accommodations or information on last year’s summit visit


*The combined aggregators will reach an estimated 80% of the total retail market and The Canadian Urban Libraries Council will track circulation figures for the public libraries in Halifax, Gatineau, Brampton, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Markham, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Whitby, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Burnaby, Greater Victoria, Richmond, Surrey and The Vancouver Island Regional Library system. 


IDEA FORUM on Early Childhood Outcomes

Early Childhood Outcomes/Learning: Exploring Ideas & Potential

Public Libraries have always been aligned with learning, literacy and education.  As ALA said in its 2009 Congressional Testimony regarding childrens literacy skills, (Librarians)... regularly aid teachers in building students’ research and information literacy skills; they possess deep knowledge of adolescent literacy development; and they are the absolute best resource for ensuring that schools have a wide variety of reading materials that students both need and want to read.

The public library is the community’s center for early literacy coaching for parents and child-care providers.  In the Newman Report for Ontarios Ministry of Culture Wendy Newman stated that one of the key policy themes with particularly high potential to advance Ontarios interests and priorities in the knowledge-based economy to 2020 is early childhood learning. Many communities have partnership programs to support healthy child development This Idea Forum will explore if and how public libraries are or should be involved, and how this will improve urban library service. 

The agenda will be guided by these questions:

1.      Whats our definition of early childhood outcomes/learning for this forum? How do you define this topic in your library and/or community?

2.      How is this topic addressed in your community now?

3.      What are the desired early childhood outcomes for a community?

4.      Where do  or could  public libraries fit in these outcomes or in this learning model?

5.      What, if anything, can CULC/CBUC contribute to the early childhood outcomes that will improve urban library service in Canada?

These Forums dont have a speaker to initiate discussion; you, the participants initiate your conversations and my role is to guide the ebb and flow of the conversation.  To prompt your thinking, here are a few resources:

Resources to read or scan: (these sources are related to public libraries)

·       Proposal to Leave no Library Behind in the Leave No Child Behind Campaign

·       Overview of Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® by Elaine Meyers and Harriet Henderson

·       Early Learning Initiative for Wisconsin Public Libraries by Barbara Huntington, Youth and Special Services Consultant -- this gives an excellent overview of the background and rationale

·       ALAs Nov 2009 Testimony to Congress on Libraries Role in Improving Literacy Skills of Children and Young Adults

·       Public Library Service to Children and Teens: A Research Agenda by VIRGINIA  WALTER  in Library Trends Spring 2003



Other sources to consider: (these are a sampling of community agendas regarding early childhood outcomes  see how/if public libraries are involved)

·       Canadian Network for Leadership in Education and Early Learning & Care

·       Our Best Future: Early Learning in Ontario

·       Understanding the Early Years Initiatives  a federal program managed by HRSDC --

·       With the Best Future in Mind -

·       Understanding the Early Years: Regina

·       Understanding the Early Years: Halifax

·       Early Education Commission & United Way of Atlanta: A community leadership collaborative supporting the  United Way’s goal of ensuring children are ready for school Introduction/Highlights: Brain Development Research



Note:  Each Idea Forum will be recorded and made available to members so they can listen after the fact. 

I look forward to a challenging and thought-provoking conversation!

Teleconference Number.  1-866-228-9913 or 416-504-7988

Access Code: 0673673