June 17, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New materials are available to welcome newcomers and to raise awareness about the growing cultural diversity in New Brunswick as the result of a partnership between the Population Growth Secretariat, the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation and the New Brunswick Public Library Service.
The announcement was made by Environment Minister Rick Miles.
"Responding to a demand from library patrons, newcomers and residents alike, the Be welcome @ your library project will offer new materials, including an online language learning tool to help improve language skills and inform New Brunswickers about multiculturalism," said Miles.
Miles spoke on behalf of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also the minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat. Arseneault's responsibilities include the New Brunswick Public Library Service.
The Population Growth Secretariat has invested $201,000, including $185,000 for the purchase of English second language, French second language and multicultural resources for public libraries and bookmobiles across the province. These resources are available to borrow free of charge, using a library card, from any public library or bookmobile.
"I am delighted to have the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation partner with the Population Growth Secretariat and the New Brunswick Public Library Service," said Brian Hudson, vice-chair of the libraries foundation. "This partnership allowed for the addition of more than 5,400 new resources to be shared among the 66 public libraries and bookmobiles in New Brunswick."
A total of $16,000 has been invested in an online language training tool. It is accessible to all New Brunswickers who have a library card through the New Brunswick Public Library Service website and in public libraries. This product, TELL ME MORE, is an online language learning tool that offers flexible and engaging language learning.
"The Population Growth Secretariat is proud to have partnered with public libraries and bookmobiles to make this possible," Miles said. "These new materials will help New Brunswick be more welcoming, and in doing so, bring us closer to our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."
This initiative supports the goal of the New Brunswick Public Library Service of building and maintaining partnerships in communities by connecting people to services, programs, training and resources. Free public library cards are available by applying online on the New Brunswick Public Library Service website or at any public library or bookmobile.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Brendan Langille, communications, Population Growth Secretariat, 506-471-3264; Sylvie Nadeau, executive director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-2354.