Wellness, Culture and Sport

Provincial book policy marks one-year anniversary (09/09/09)

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Sept. 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Today marks the one-year anniversary of government's launch of its provincial book policy.

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

The policy outlines six objectives with specific strategies that are part of a three-year plan. Since its launch, many of those strategies have been successfully implemented, while others are currently in the implementation process. Achievements include:

"These strategies have helped to strengthen our publishing industry, increase access to New Brunswick books and promote books and reading," said Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport Hédard Albert. "In particular, we hope that the new grants to help publishers produce Aboriginal books and translate existing New Brunswick books into French, English, Mi'kmaq and Maliseet will raise New Brunswick editors' interest, and will result in having more New Brunswickers enjoy access to a greater variety of New Brunswick books."

In two years the government will evaluate the implementation of the policy to ensure its success.

Creating a Culture of Books and Reading - The New Brunswick Book Policy may be found online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.

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