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A Note of Appreciation: Ontario Public Library Week

written by librarian Linda Ludke

Anyone who works in a library will undoubtedly have stories to tell about memorable items dropped off in book return chutes — in addition to books. At London Public Library, my finds throughout the years have included bacon used as bookmarks, misplaced dentures, and a squashed straw hat.    

But nothing tops the absolute thrill of discovering an unexpected, heartfelt, handwritten note addressed to library staff like these recent treasures:

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These letters mean the world to us. This past year and a half has been challenging and ever-changing, as we’ve moved from curb-side pick up to virtual programming to welcoming our community back in person. Library staff are so grateful for the ongoing support we’ve been shown. We thank everyone for their patience, understanding, and appreciation.

This year, Ontario Public Library Week is celebrated from October 17 – 23. It’s a time when libraries and library partners raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in all of our lives: a place of connection, belonging, and …

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The Chat with Ivan Coyote

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Storyteller and author Ivan Coyote’s latest work, the nonfiction collection Care Of (McClelland & Stewart), is a moving meditation on care and community. Penned during the early months of the pandemic, the book is a collection of notes and letters from audience members to Ivan and their deeply compassionate responses to these letters.

The Star calls the book “strong medicine, best taken in measured doses, and a vital reminder of the value not only of connection, but of every story, every voice.”

Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of thirteen books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for nonfiction, and awarded BC and Yukon Book Prize’s inaugural Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism.

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Trevor Corkum: In Care Of, you respond to letters, notes, and emails from a range of folks who’ve written deeply personal messages to you over the years. When and how did you imag …

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