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RR Library wins provincial award

News Release

Sudbury, Ont. - The Rainy River Public Library has won a provincial award of excellence for the library’s Birding Buddies kits.
The Excellence Award in Partnerships and Community Capacity comes from Ontario Library Service-North (OLS-N).
OLS-N supports the work of all public libraries in Northern Ontario.
“We are really pleased to have won this award,” says Library CEO Michael Dawber.
“This is the culmination of three years’ hard work by the library board on our birding initiative,” he says.
The Birding Buddies kits were created in 2012 through a grant from Ontario’s Healthy Communities Fund.
The kits introduce families to nature, physical activity and the amazing birds of the Rainy River District.
More than 300 species can be seen here.
Each Birding Buddies kit has binoculars, kid-friendly bird guides and a custom checklist of local birds photographed by Dawber.
The kits were promoted on bird walks organized by Justin Wagner and the Rainy River Recreation Committee.
The Excellence Award was presented to Dawber at the annual OLS-N conference in Sudbury on September 25.
This is the first Excellence Award for the Rainy River Library.