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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 12, 2004— In order to coincide with International School Library Day on Mon. October 25, the English Montreal School Board has changed the dates of its traditional late March Library Week.

From Oct. 25 to 29, EMSB library staff, teachers and students will be engaging in a wide array of special activities for teachers and students such as D.E.A.R. ( Drop Everything and Read), Read Off Your Fines, Internet Literacy and the presence of guest readers aimed at promoting literacy and libraries. Each school will receive a poster to promote ISLD and EMSB Library Week. Bookmarks and cards, donated by Canada Post, will also be sent. High Schools will receive reading posters featuring the popular musical group Bare Naked Ladies.

International School Library Day ( was proclaimed by the president of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) in 1999 and first celebrated in October that year. The aim of this special day is to draw attention to the importance of school libraries in the education of children.

Research has shown that students achieve more in their schoolwork when they have access to a school library with a good collection and strong educational programs. In addition, students become better readers when they have access to a school library and books to read.

This year, the theme for International School Library Day is "Breaking Down Barriers." This highlights the importance of school libraries in overcoming the barriers that prevent students from achieving their full potential. School libraries promote reading and literacy skills, information skills and the importance lifelong learning.

Some more details on the activities include:

D.E.A.R Drop Everything And Read!

For the duration of the week, schools will be asked to participate in a read-a-thon. At random times, announcements will be made in the school to read 15 minutes by sending a student around to Drop Everything and Read! Participating schools will be entered in a draw for first, second and third to win gift certificates from Babar, Paragraphe and Nicholas Hoare and assorted posters. The gift certificates are prizes for the school libraries to purchase books.

Read off your fines!!!

During Library Week students can pay off their fines by reading aloud to their teachers. Schools can set their own fees. For example, a 15 cent overdue fine might be worth two minutes of reading.

Guest Readers

School commissioners and other community leaders will be invited to visit the libraries for a reading.

Internet Literacy Online

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213