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November 07, 2019
Give the gift of reading this holiday season

Tillsonburg Public Library teams up with the Salvation Army to provide new books for children and teens

Tillsonburg Public Library is holding a holiday book drive in support of the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Hamper program. From now until December 8, the library will accept donations of new books for children between the ages of 0-18 years. The goal is to provide every child and teen whose family receives a Christmas hamper with the gift of a new book.

The importance of reading, at every age, should not be understated. Through reading, children have an opportunity to learn new things and explore new ideas. Reading influences the development of language, improves vocabulary, and helps children develop critical thinking skills and empathy. Children who indulge in reading for pleasure tend to have more focus and concentration, and often do better in school.

The Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program is available to residents in Tillsonburg and surrounding area. Eligible participants receive a box of food to make Christmas dinner, including a voucher for a turkey. Families with children also receive toys and, this year, new books. In 2018, 305 children and youth benefitted from the Tillsonburg Christmas Hamper program.

The Tillsonburg Public Library is pleased to contribute to this year’s Christmas Hamper campaign. Donations of new books for boys and girls will be accepted at the library until Sunday, December 8, 2019. For more information, email or visit the branch located at 2 Library Lane, Tillsonburg.

For more information about the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program, or to apply for a hamper, call 519-842-4447.


Merley Wheaton, Community Librarian, Tillsonburg Branch
“The gift of reading lasts a lifetime. When you give a child a book, you expand their horizons and open up new doors of knowledge and imagination. A child’s early experiences with books and reading not only help prepare them for school but also set them up for success later in life. That’s why it’s important to ensure children and teens have ready access to reading materials.”

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Oxford County Library is a County of Oxford service that offers free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues and databases; genealogy support; children’s programming; job search resources and information about government services; and computer access. Branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. The Library is a charitable organization that accepts online donations through Canada Helps on its website.

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


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