The Leeds and the Thousand Islands Library has made the short list of 2015 Ontario Public Library Service Awards, but it has little to do with books. The Rec Library project changed the face of the library in the communitiy. The library offers snow shoes for a weekend or PS4 playtime. This has made the library relevant to a whole new group of users.
The Ontario Public Library Service Awards identify and promote creative public library service ideas. There are two types of Ontario Public Library Service Award, each with categories for large and small libraries:
- The Minister’s Award for Innovation recognizes successful new approaches that demonstrate a positive impact in a community and are of continued value to public libraries.
- The Angus Mowat Award of Excellence recognizes a commitment to excellence in the delivery of public library service; these services can be old or new and can be ongoing.
The award winners will be announced in January, 2016.