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Mississauga Library System Assists Ontario's Far North Schools Through Donations

Jan 22, 2004

MISSISSAUGA, January 22, 2004 - The City of Mississauga has donated several hundred books to 52 schools serving First Nations in Ontario's far north through the Honourable James Bartleman Lieutenant Governor of Ontario's Book Program.

Library Services Director Don Mills said this donation raises awareness of the issue of literacy across the province and said, "When we received the call for donations to encourage aboriginal students to pursue reading and education, we ensured the 20 boxes included a range of materials such as school-age, non-fiction books to help with projects along with children's pre-school picture books, as well as youth fiction." All items were extra donations or items withdrawn from the library. Appropriately enough, this year, the Mississauga Library System focuses on the theme of civic literacy.

Any used book in good condition will be accepted at Ontario Provincial Police detachments in Ontario until February 6, 2004. In February the first book shipments will be sent to priority communities whose only land links are the winter ice roads. Books will be transported by the Canadian Rangers and the Ontario Provincial Police.

To inquire about the Lieutenant Governor's Book Program visit http://www.lt.gov.on.ca/book_program.html or call 416-325-7780.

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Mississauga, Canada's sixth largest city is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2004. Home to more than 640,000 residents and 45,000 businesses, Mississauga has well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities. Ranked as a top 100 employer and recognized as the safest city in Canada based on crime statistics from major Canadian cities, Mississauga delivers over 200 municipal programs and services to its citizens.





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