Libraries as far apart as North Caroline, San Diego, and British Columbia are launching programs to connect their patrons with local authors. Late last week the CBC shed light on the phenomenon when it reported on a province-wide Read Local program in Nova Scotia: Hundreds of e-books from Atlantic Canadian authors are now available at public libraries across the province thanks to a new program called "Read Local." The province of Nova Scotia provided $40,000 to help fund the program which is a partnership between the libraries and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association. So far, 12 regional publishers have signed on. That is possibly the single largest read local effort, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to the program at the Greater Victoria Public Library (mentioned last week), I can also report that many other public libraries with Read Local program. Twenty minutes with Google has uncovered no less than six different Read Local efforts of various types. The programs range from Madison Public Library highlighting books by local authors in its newsletter to a book fair in Durham, North Carolina. Many libraries maintain webpages dedicated to their Read Local programs, including San Diego Public Library, Johnson County Library (KS), Saint Paul Public Library, Caledon (Ontario), [...]
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Post surveys Canadian public libraries which are involved in community read projects featuring local authors.