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Media Release: Newcomer Bus Tour wins Public Library Association Award

Thursday, Mar 16 2017
​BRAMPTON, ON – Brampton’s Newcomer Bus Tour partnership has won the American Public Library Association’s Upstart Innovation Award for its role in welcoming newcomers for settlement success. Brampton Library’s CEO Rebecca Raven will receive the award at the American Library Association conference this June.

The Upstart Innovation Award honours a public library’s innovative or creative service program with a $2,000 honorarium. Previously, the Newcomer Bus Tour was recognized when Brampton Library won the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Angus Mowat Award for Excellence in Public Library Service in 2015.
The Newcomer Bus Tour is given seasonally, in partnership with City of Brampton and Brampton Transit, along a route that includes Brampton Library branches and other citywide highlights. Along the way, staff shares the many benefits of Library membership, including free programs and services for all ages and interests.


“The award-winning newcomer bus tours are a great example of how cities can proactively engage, orient and welcome newcomers into the local community. As one of Canada’s fastest growing cities that is vibrant and multicultural, Brampton is a place of choice for many newcomers. The newcomer bus tours are an important way to connect them to the city, our facilities and all that we have to offer.”
- Mayor Linda Jeffrey

“It’s so gratifying to see the attention for this program. Along with our partners City of Brampton and Brampton Transit, we saw the opportunity to position Brampton Library as a key resource for newcomers. After the tour, participants return to our branches again and again, to enjoy programs and staff assistance, often in their own language. The knowledge and civic pride gained is invaluable. We are just delighted to receive this additional recognition for the tour.”
- Rebecca Raven, Brampton Library CEO


About Brampton Library: Our six branches house a vast collection of borrowable items, computer workstations and Chromebooks with free Internet access as well as wireless connectivity for those who bring their own laptops. Reserve your items online for pick-up and return at any branch. Our website offers access to a full range of digital products, including e-books, magazines, newspapers from many countries, music and online courses. Our staff present programs for all ages and interests and provide helpful assistance to all. Find out more at bramptonlibrary.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @bramptonlibrary.

About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter.


June Dickenson
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Brampton Library
905.793.4636 ext. 74368

Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton