On Thursday, January 31, at the Ontario Library Association’s annual conference in Toronto, the Hanover Public Library received the 2012 Angus Mowat Award of Excellence, small libraries division. The Award was presented to Library CEO Agnes Rivers-Moore by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Chan, in front of an audience of librarians from all over Ontario. The award is named for Angus Mowat, the Inspector of Public Libraries for Ontario from 1937 until 1960, and the father of authors Farley and Claire Mowat.
The award was given in recognition of our Computer Buddies program. The library began this program in the summer of 2011 to respond to the needs of older adults in the community to become familiar with new technology. People needing help learning computer skills are paired with high school students needing volunteer hours. It has been a runaway success: not only are the two groups getting their needs met, but the ‘face time’ between elders and teens is building wonderful bridges between the generations. Teens get an excellent volunteer opportunity and seniors get training in computer and technology skills, allowing them to improve their quality of life.
The staff and board of the library are very proud to have received this award as we continue to serve the needs of our community.