Milton Public Library Launches Exciting New Campaign


Long gone are the days where the only way to read a book was buying it or checking out a physical copy at a library. Now, more often than not, it is quite common for people to read books online or with an e-reader.

In order to introduce readers and listeners to new authors, and to positively impact the sales of digital content, the Milton Public Library (MPL) has announced the launch of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) inaugural One eRead Canada campaign.

This campaign will run from June 3 to 30, 2019. 

During the campaign, according to a recent press release, participating Canadian public libraries will be offering free, unlimited access to the campaign's first book, Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont, in eBook and eAudiobook format across digital content platforms. 

The book, which is a collection of short stories surrounding the lives of four First Nations people, will be available to all library cardholders with no holds or waitlists. 

"With this selection, One eRead Canada also seeks to help foster national conversation around reconciliation, Indigenous experiences and the importance of #ownvoices stories," reads the release.

The campaign is the latest initiative of CULC.

 "As a member of CULC, we are delighted to be able to support the inaugural One eRead Canada," Mark Williams, MPL's Chief Librarian, said in a statement. "Not only does the chosen title provide all Canadians with an opportunity to read the same eBook but it raises important issues in Canada's history. Support for the initiative also highlights the issues faced by Canadian Public Libraries in accessing affordable eresources." 

On June 12, 2019, the Saskatoon Public Library will be hosting an online live author event. During the event, Dumont will be interviewed about the book in a public book discussion that will be streamed on Facebook live. 

Anyone who is interested is encouraged to submit questions for Dumont prior to the event through social media using the hashtag #1eReadLivrelCanada.

For more information about the campaign, click here.

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