Willy Wonka was not the only one to issue a Golden Ticket wrapped in his chocolate bars. The Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec (ABPQ) and its partners BIBLIOPRESTO, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and the Réseau BIBLIO du Québec are inviting residents of Québec to take part in the Great Contest: A visit to the library could make you a winner!, which will be held February 12-25, 2023 inclusively. This first-ever event in Québec aims to remind everyone that libraries are lively places to (re)discover.
“We sometimes underestimate all the services that our library can offer us. Of course, in Rosemère, we can borrow books here, but also board games, films, vinyl records, seeds, and soon video games as well. Spaces are set up for studying and reading, and a variety of activities are available. This contest is an opportunity for our residents to reconnect with their municipal library and discover what it can do for them on a daily basis,” stated Eric Westram, Mayor of the Town of Rosemère.
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To thank Quebecers for using their public libraries or to encourage them to drop by for a visit, the Great Contest invites them to come and search for Golden Tickets and to register online at greatlibrarycontest.ca. Seventeen regional grand prizes awarded by Québec personalities and 200 instant prizes to be won! Guylaine Guay, Mélissa Bédard, Fabien Cloutier, Samuel Piette, Louise Penny, Marianna Mazza and many other celebrities will represent the administrative regions of Québec and will present a personalized gift to the winners. In addition, iPads and gift cards from Leslibraires.ca, Rabais Campus and Chocolats Favoris may be won by filling out the online form. Keep your eye out because a new Golden Ticket will be hidden every day in your local Rosemère library for the duration of the contest!
“As is the case for many cultural institutions, the pandemic has had a significant impact on public library visits. Now it’s time to reconnect with the libraries and come back to visit them,” stated Eve Lagacé, Executive Director of the Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec (ABPQ). “Public libraries are present and well rooted in their communities, offering residents free services that are adapted to their needs. The Great Contest encourages users to rediscover these very valuable places that local libraries truly are!”
For the H.-J. Hemens Library, participants in Rosemère have a chance to win Guylaine Guay’s award. This is a very special prize developed by the artist herself to promote Québec culture. It will also allow the lucky winner to enjoy a special moment thanks to the Great Contest!
About the ABPQ
The Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec is the main association of public libraries in Québec. Since 1984, it has provided leadership to ensure the development, strategic positioning and outreach of Québec’s public libraries. The ABPQ raises awareness among decision-makers about the importance of quality library services to give the public democratic and universal access to knowledge and culture.