Libraries for Life. October 2023 Canadian Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month!

Oct. 02, 2023

This October, join us in celebrating Canadian Libraries! 

Launched in 2006 by the Canadian Library Association (CLA), Canadian Library Month (CLM) provides “an opportunity for Canadians not familiar with their local library to come down and experience all the services available to them.” (Gordon, Shannon. “Library Month Replacing Library Week.” Feliciter. 52, no. 4 (2006): 171)

CLM serves as a way to establish new relationships between the libraries and local communities while at the same time developing existing relationships.

First Nations Public Library Week

The first week of Canadian Library Month is First Nations Public Library Week. There are a few events you can participate in for this:

October 3

October 5

October 5th

October 6

Introducing the First Nations Community READ Jurors from Beausoleil First Nation Public Library.

Prerecorded video available at 8am on the day of the event

1:30-2:30 pm

Indigenous Storytime

First Nations Community READ Awards


Author Panel - Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith

Link will be posted the day of the event.

Recording will be made available after the event.


Stony Plain Public Library



Canadian Library Workers Day

October 20th 

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) has designated the third Friday in October as Canadian Library Workers Day.

CLWD is a day for Canadians to recognize the valuable contributions made by all those who work in and for the public, academic, school, government, academic, corporate and private libraries that are integral to our communities.

If you visit us on October 20th, say hello and thank our staff for their fantastic work!

Canadian School Library Day

October 23rd

Canadian School Library Day celebrates the central role that school libraries play in the education and development of young people.

CSL applauds the brilliant work that school libraries accomplish every single day across Canada. We invite everyone to shine a light on how learning in the Library Learning Commons is making a difference in their school, and share their accomplishments on Canadian School Library Day.

This year's theme is Speak Up for School Libraries! The past year has demonstrated yet again excellence in instructional practice in School Library Learning Commons right across Canada as well as the continued leadership of school library professionals coast to coast. Canadian school libraries have also met with significant challenges in recent months regarding book banning and other collection development and management issues. In response CSL prepared a position statement, Book Challenges and Censorship in Canada’s School Libraries (PDF), in support of school library professionals who are on the front lines of these challenges. 

Every child deserves an excellent school library!