It’s Ontario Public Library Week! From October 14-20, 2012, head on down to your local branch of the Oakville Public Library to celebrate this annual fall event.
First announced by the province in 1985, Ontario Public Library Week was established to help recognize the important contribution Ontario’s public libraries make to education, literacy and life-long learning in Ontario communities.
The theme for this year, is “Libraries Connect”.
Oakville: what better time to connect with your Chief Librarian?
Oakville.com (OC): How long have you lived/worked in Oakville?
Charlotte Meissner (CM): I have lived here for 39 years and have worked at the Oakville Public Library for 26 years.
(OC): Life changing moment?
(CM): Discovering the wonders of the public library when I was a child in Montreal, then bringing my own daughters to the Oakville Public Library when they were children and watching them experience the same thing. The library is a wonderful place to be and books and stories can transport us into another world. Library programs build early literacy skills in children so that they can enjoy reading.
(OC): Favourite Book?
(CM): As a child: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Anne of Green Gables. As an adult: I’m not sure I could narrow it down!
(OC): Best advice you’ve been given?
(CM): Live every moment.
(OC): Best memory of Oakville?
(CM): Raising my family here.
(OC): Best way to spend an afternoon in Oakville?
(CM): Having lunch with my daughters Downtown, followed by some shopping.
(OC): Your recommendation for a night out in Oakville?
(CM): Dinner at any of Oakville’s great restaurants, perhaps followed by a concert.
(OC): What would you consider the best kept secret or a hidden gem in Oakville?
(CM): All of what the library has to offer.
(OC): What issue needs to be addressed to make Oakville an even better place to live/work?
(CM): Encouragement of all types of literacy ensures Oakville’s success.
For more information about programs and events offered at the Oakville Public Library, visit: www.opl.on.ca