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A Selection of Our 50th Anniversary Activities

Special Visibility

  • The National Capital Commission will be including banners in honour of the 50th anniversary of the National Library of Canada on Confederation Boulevard, May to October 2003
  • To mark the 50th anniversary of the National Library of Canada, on September 8, 2003, Canada Post will be issuing a set of postage stamps featuring some of our country’s most celebrated authors

Symposia and Conferences

  • The Fun of Reading: International Forum on Canadian Children’s Literature, June 26-29, 2003 (see www.collectionscanada.ca/forum/index-e.html)
  • Symposium 2003: Preservation of Electronic Records: New Knowledge and Decision-making, September 15-18, 2003 (see www.cci-icc.gc.ca/symposium2003/index_e.shtml)
  • Reading Canada: A National Forum exploring the critical domain of reading in conjunction with the Association for Canadian Studies, November 6-8, 2003


  • In Good Company: A Celebration of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection in its 25th Year, until January 31, 2003
  • Oscar Peterson: A Jazz Sensation  -  travelling exhibit at the Canadian Embassy Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., until March 2003, and later in Europe
  • Between Friends  -  an exploration of Canada and the United States, March and April 2003
  • Images Canada  -  a travelling exhibit of the collaborative Web project that pictures Canada, March to December 2003, various cities
  • Our Favourite Things: highlighting the collections over 50 years, opening April 23, 2003
  • ABCs  -  an exhibit of alphabet books, May-June 2003
  • The Canadian Modernists Meet  -  an exhibit on modernism in Canada in conjunction with the University of Ottawa's 30th Canadian Literature Symposium, May 9, 2003
  • Hector de Saint Denys-Garneau  -  an exhibit to mark the 60th anniversary of his death, in conjunction with the Musée québécois de culture populaire, Trois-Rivières, November 2003

Events, Lectures and Readings

  • The Great Canadian Heritage History Quiz, February 17, 2003
  • Concours jeunes artistes (Radio-Canada), February 26-28, 2003
  • Poetry readings on World Poetry Day, March 21, 2003
  • Lecture by Phyllis Lambert, Canadian Centre for Architecture, on the Ben Ezra Restoration Project, Old Cairo, March 23, 2003
  • Celebration of the 90th anniversary of Le Droit, March 27, 2003
  • Celebration of the Juno Awards, April 4-6, 2003
  • Atlantic Scene Festival: films, musical performances and readings by Atlantic authors, April 22 to May 4, 2003
  • Celebration of Canada Book Day, April 23, 2003
  • 25th anniversary of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions, June 13, 2003
  • Celebration of National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2003
  • Celebration of Canada Day, July 1, 2003
  • Great Canadian Story Contest (Storyteller magazine), July 9, 2003
  • Ottawa International Jazz Festival, July 18-27, 2003
  • Preservation Quest: How to preserve your home movies, CDs, videos, and more - a special event for the general public, September 14, 2003 (Free admission)
  • Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, October 1-11, 2003
  • Ottawa Storytellers Festival, November 5-7, 2003
  • Lecture by Ira Robinson, Concordia University, on the accommodation of Orthodox Jews to the New World, November 16, 2003
  • Governor General’s Literary Awards Gala Reading, November 2003

Participation in Trade Shows and Salons

  • Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Toronto, January 30 - February 1, 2003
  • Salon du livre de l’Outaouais, March 26-30, 2003
  • Salon international du livre de Québec, April 9-13, 2003
  • Canadian Library Association/American Library Association joint conference, Toronto, June 19-25, 2003
  • Congrès annuel de l’Asted, Gatineau, November 2003
  • Salon du livre de Montréal, November 13-17, 2003