Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Increase made in matching grant for public libraries (10/05/07)

NB 685

May 7, 2010

BATHURST (CNB) - The matching grant for which the New Brunswick Libraries Foundation is eligible has been increased to $200,000 per year from $100,000. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.

"The foundation's main objective is to help the New Brunswick Public Library Service buy a larger number of books and other resources for the province's public libraries and bookmobiles," said Arseneault. "This increase in the matching grant will help to provide better learning tools for all New Brunswickers."

For every dollar donated from the public or from businesses in the province in response to its fundraising activities, the foundation receives matching funds up to a maximum that now totals to $200,000 per year.

"I hope that this increase in the matching grant for the foundation will encourage a greater number of New Brunswick donors and businesses to support their public libraries by making a donation through the foundation," said Arseneault. "This investment is another concrete step we are taking in our fight to increase New Brunswick's literacy rate."

This initiative affects the province's 63 public libraries and three bookmobiles.

Others funds have also recently been invested in the New Brunswick public library system:

This commitment supports the New Brunswick Public Library Service's five-year strategic plan, which has as one of its goals ensuring that libraries are a community resource of choice for books, audio-visual materials and information on a range of topics related to work and study as well as social, civic and personal life.

The commitment supports the Adult Literacy Strategy for New Brunswick in that it encourages learning through reading and writing while ensuring a literate and educated New Brunswick for future generations.

10/05/07

MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Sylvie Nadeau, executive director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-7141; Althea Arsenault, development officer, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-3442.

10/05/07