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May 9, 2019
Digital Literacy Week events across Toronto start May 27
  
Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, has proclaimed May 27 to June 1 as Digital Literacy Week in Toronto. The City of Toronto will celebrate and participate in the week with more than 100 free events for all ages.

Technology, through phones, tablets, social media and eLearning, has changed the way that we work, play, learn and teach. This interactive literacy is also creating lifelong opportunities and challenges for people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.

Digital Literacy Week builds and expands on the popularity and success of Digital Literacy Day in 2018.

The theme for Digital Literacy Week 2019 is "connect to opportunity" and the week's events aim to raise awareness of the continued importance of digital skills.

Events and workshops will build awareness and skills within topic areas such as coding, digital privacy, digital banking, design thinking, video editing and robotics. Career options will be explored through job search and job training, in addition to discussions on how digital literacy impacts residents' lives, work environments and accessibility.

This year, the City and the Toronto Public Library are collaborating with 30 public and private sector partner organizations including the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board, to host and offer events across Toronto.

More information on Digital Literacy Week is available at http://www.toronto.ca/digital-literacy and through the hashtag #DLweekTO on social media channels.

Quotes

"Digital literacy is an asset of great importance to people of all ages and skill levels. This week will inspire thousands of residents by improving their accessibility to the knowledge and confidence they require to be savvy in a digital world's work and social domains."

- Mayor John Tory

"Last year on Digital Literacy Day, we attracted thousands of residents, students and entrepreneurs with events showcasing free digital and technology programs and services. This year we look forward to reaching even more people with Digital Literacy Week, and invite everyone to come out to events happening in libraries and across the city."

- City Librarian, Vickery Bowles


Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Last year, we had 18 million visits to our branches and 31 million virtual visits. Torontonians borrowed 32 million items in branches and online. To learn more, visit http://www.tpl.ca, call Answerline at 416-393-7131 or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/torontolibrary.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cityoftoronto, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.








Media Contact
Shane Gerard
Strategic Communications
416-397-5711
Shane.Gerard@toronto.ca

Michelle Leung
Toronto Public Library
416-397-5936
media@torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

 

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