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In the last week of Canadian Library Month, and to mark National School Library Day Monday October 27, Library and Archives Canada wishes to pay tribute to the librarians, library technicians and volunteers who serve their communities in the more than 21,000 libraries across Canada.
National School Library Day was created in 2003 to bring awareness to the important work carried out by libraries in elementary and secondary schools, cégeps, college, university and other training and educational institutions. These school libraries assist students in finding the information they need in order to graduate to higher levels, take new classes or move into jobs and careers. School libraries serve as resource centres for students of all ages and from all backgrounds, from the mature student returning to school, to the new Canadian learning english-as-a-second language.
Libraries play a key role in their communities' lives and hold a vital and essential place in the advancement of knowledge, and even literacy. From a young reader's first look at picture books to a teen's search for information on the internet to a historian's research into economic statistics or a genealogist's dig into family history, the library is there to provide help for all Canadians.
Library and Archives Canada salutes school and other libraries across Canada during Canadian Library Month. LAC's mandate is to collect, preserve and make accessible the nation's documentary heritage; it aims to provide Canadians with the documentary resources necessary to foster learning, innovation and growth. LAC's makes its rich treasures accessible through the internet so Canadians of all ages and in all parts of the country can view the records and treasures that are theirs.