“to explore, then come on home and listen to what you’ve found”

Maison de la littérature, Québec City

The Age of Exploration will never truly close as long as humanity remains curious and takes risks to learn new things. Today’s explorers investigate deep sea waters and a limitless expanding universe. They live in pressurized submarines and orbiting spacecraft high above the Earth. They also look inward and inquire about their own kind. Who are we and why we do we choose to live where and as we do?

With the voice and vision of select writers, poets and artists who have a connection with the Maison, we believe we can present a portrait of this moment in time and share it with an engaged audience.

The Maison project considers the concept of “home.” Questions are posed such as what is “home” and how is it defined? How may this change? How does a person leave home, explore a new place or an idea and then return with what has been found or experienced?

We invite you to explore with us. Let’s see what we can discover.

March 2021

As libraries gradually begin to reopen in response to COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, Celebrate Libraries® is reaching out with thanks to the librarians, business associates and other individuals who have joined with CL® in this marvelous journey.

It has been nearly six years since Celebrate Libraries® started collecting images in Edgerton, Wisconsin for the first library video. Since then CL® has produced over 55 videos and recorded about 30 audio interviews. In 2018, the company expanded the initiative into northern Illinois.

To date CL® has worked in communities from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Downers Grove, Illinois and west to La Crosse County, Wisconsin. As Celebrate Libraries® moves forward we will be exploring libraries of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System.

Celebrate Libraries® will be working in 2021-22 with a literacy center in Québec and plans to feature the organization with a podcast and video. This is an amazing opportunity and CL® looks forward to sharing the experience with viewers and listeners.

According to the Michigan Sea Grant organization, approximately 34 million people in the United Sates and Canada live in the Great Lakes Basin. Thank you again for your support and please return often. Celebrate Libraries® will provide regular updates on the project.

Sincerely yours,

Robin Voils Celebrate Libraries®

Jon Voils New Ways To Dream Podasts®



Robin Voils, Artist (Exploring Library Stories)

What is a bridge? A link. A connection. A means of uniting. A bond. A tie. What does it mean to bridge? To join, to reconcile, to associate, to share. Join Celebrate Libraries® as we Build Bridges Across the Seaway.

The new Celebrate Libraries® venture explores literature and performance in Great Lakes basin communities beside the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada and the U.S.A.