Wellness, Culture and Sport

Book policy released (08/09/09)

NB 1292

Sept. 9, 2008

DIEPPE (CNB) - Government today released its first book policy in order to strengthen the publishing industry, increase access to New Brunswick books, and promote and foster reading.

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Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport Hédard Albert released the document, Creating a Culture of Books and Reading - The New Brunswick Book Policy during a public event in Dieppe. He was joined by representatives from the arts and literary community from across New Brunswick.

"With today's book policy the government is fulfilling another commitment outlined in the Charter for Change, and reaffirmed in the 2007 speech from the throne," said Albert. "By adopting this policy, government recognizes the richness and excellence of the province's literary output, and the importance of books as bearers of our province's unique identity."

Creating a Culture of Books and Reading - The New Brunswick Book Policy outlines the government's objectives and strategies to strengthen the publishing industry, to increase access to New Brunswick books, and to promote and foster reading.

"The government acknowledges its duty to put forth a vision to ensure that New Brunswick offers unprecedented opportunities for personal and collective growth, and that books and reading must be at the heart of it," said Albert.

The book policy outlines six objectives with specific strategies that are part of a three-year action plan. A total of $555,000 will be invested by the provincial government to implement the plan. Its objectives are:

In three years, the government will evaluate implementation of the policy, and will take the necessary steps to continue carrying it out in light of the findings and recommendations that emerge.

Creating a Culture of Books and Reading - The New Brunswick Book Policy may be found at: http://www.gnb.ca/0131/index-e.asp.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The book policy action plan follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Vicky Deschênes, communications, Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.

Book policy action plan

Objective 1
Foster the development and visibility of New Brunswick books through increased support for writers and publishers.

Objective 2
Improve access to books, and foster reading in the public library system.

Objective 3
Introduce measures to ensure increased access to books throughout New Brunswick.

Objective 4
Give a predominant place to books, particularly New Brunswick books, and to reading at all levels of education.

Objective 5
Encourage New Brunswickers to integrate books and the joy of reading into their daily lives.

Objective 6
Make access to books and reading a pervasive and ongoing commitment within the provincial government.

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