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Municipalities from across Canada donate books to the Acton Library thanks to FCM’s Canada by the Books Initiative (16/09/2016)

Today, the President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Clark Somerville was pleased to donate books from communities across Canada to the Acton Library. The donation is part of FCM's Canada by the Book initiative aimed at promoting children's literacy.

All of the books given to the Acton Library were provided by municipal leaders who are in Halton Region this week for FCM's September Board of Directors meeting. Each Board member was asked to bring along one book by a local author that showcases some aspect of his or her community.

"What better gift can we give than the gift of reading a great Canadian book," said Clark Somerville, FCM President and Halton Regional Councillor. "Since the launch of the Canada by the Book program, FCM has handed out hundreds of books by local authors to school and public libraries in nine communities."

"I want to thank FCM's Board members for their dedication to this program and for spreading the joy of literature across the nation," added FCM President and Halton Regional Councillor Clark Somerville. "I was fortunate to have been asked to deliver the first books to students at Bishop's Field Memorial in 2013 to kick off Canada by the Book. I'm now honoured to be able to take part again this year and to donate these books to a library in my own home community of Halton Hills."

FCM is the national voice of municipal government. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.

Media contact:

FCM - Pam Foster, 613-218-6384,

Halton Region - Robert Hunter, 905-825-6000, ext. 7064

Page Updated: 09/03/2018