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VPL's Man in the Moon Receives Award

June 14, 2013

NEWS RELEASE

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Public Library has been awarded the Dad Central Ontario's 2013 Fernand Lozier Award of Excellence in Father Involvement Practice for its Man in the Moon program.

Offered in various locations across Vancouver since 2001, the Library's Man in the Moon is an early literacy program for men and young children. The program builds on the growing research that shows fathers’ involvement in children's lives impacts enormously on children's health and literacy outcomes. By teaching fathers how to play, sing, talk and read to their young children, the father-child bond builds the foundation for children's reading readiness, happiness and success later in school and in life.

"I am pleased that the judges have chosen to give the Lozier Award of Excellence to Vancouver Public Library. It is definitely well-deserved" says Brian Russell, Dad Central Ontario's Provincial Coordinator. "We were impressed by the program’s consistency over the years and how fathers were creatively engaged."

Connecting dads with their role as the first teacher in their child's life, Man in the Moon is for fathers of all varieties – dads, stepdads, uncles, granddads, foster dads and any male caregiver.

"We are honoured that our Man in the Moon program was recognized by Dad Central Ontario," says VPL Chief Librarian Sandra Singh. "The Library is committed to creating an informed, engaged, and connected city and we work very hard to ensure that families have diverse opportunities for learning, creativity and engagement."

The Library is also grateful for the generous support received from the Vancouver Foundation and The Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader Campaign, whose investment has helped the Library deliver the Man in the Moon program for more than a decade.

For more information about the Man in the Moon and other family literacy program, call 604-331-3603 or visit vpl.ca.

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Vancouver Public Library serves nearly 350,000 active card holders across 22 locations and online at VPL.ca through ebooks, databases and other digital services. VPL recorded more than 6.6 million visits in 2012, and patrons borrowed nearly 10 million items, including books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs and magazines.

VPL is supported by the City of Vancouver, and is dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of the residents of Vancouver.

 

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For more information, contact:

Marya Gadison
Coordinator, Marketing + Communications
604-331-3681

 

Enjoying some songs and rhymes with Dad at VPL's Man in the Moon program.

james.bond@vpl.ca