Association of Professional Librarians of NB present Recognition Award to Frye Festival

Ivan Douhtwright (APLNB Chair for 2011-2012) presenting the prize to Danielle LeBlanc, Executive Director of the Festival Frye, during the APLNB’s annual conference held in Saint John, October 27th.

The Association of Professional Librarians of New Brunswick (APLNB) presents annually a Recognition Award for an outstanding contribution to libraries in New Brunswick. This year, APLNB takes great pleasure in recognizing the Frye Festival for their special contribution in fostering the discovery of the joy of reading and writing.

As the only bilingual international literary festival, the Frye Festival is the largest literary event in Atlantic Canada. It offers the best of local, Canadian and international authors, including children’s authors, graphic novelists, storytellers, poets, playwrights, spoken-word artists and more.

The Frye Festival was established in September 1999 with the first Festival taking place in April 2000. It has thousands of participants yearly and the festival includes workshops, book clubs, dialogues, readings, debates and lectures which take place all day and night in schools, cafés, restaurants, bars, theatres, shopping malls and libraries.

In its first 20 years (1992-2012), APLNB has been active in promoting literacy at all levels of New Brunswick society. APLNB has been an active community partner of the Frye Festival for the past two years. The APLNB Recognition Award consists of a plaque presented to the recipient and a monetary gift granted to a New Brunswick library of the award recipient’s choice. This year, APLNB proudly recognizes the Frye Festival’s literacy initiatives in our province through this award which allows them, in turn, to support the library of their choice.