Newcomer Bus Tour wins Public Library Association Award

March 17, 2017

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

For more information :

City of Brampton

2 Wellington Street W
Brampton, Ontario
Canada, L6Y 4R2


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