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Young Alberta Book Society (YABS) is now accepting bookings for Taleblazers 2015, which runs October 5-30.

While you can request bookings until September 18th, the earlier you submit your request the more likely your preferred date and artist will be available. YABS will do its best to match artist schedules and availability to booking requests.

To participate in Taleblazers, start by looking through the Find an Artist database to find a presenter that suits your needs. Then complete the online Taleblazers Festival Booking Form, which includes creating or renewing your membership. The annual membership fee is $50 and runs July 1 to June 30.

Consider partnering with a school in your community or with other nearby public libraries to make the most of this author, illustrator, and storyteller festival!

Canada to Accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Remove Barriers for Accessible Format

The Government of Canada announced plans to accede to the provisions of the Marrakesh Treaty.This is a monumental step forward in removing barriers to providing books in accessible formats to the 3 million Canadians with print disabilities and will influence other nations to follow Canada’s lead.

The Marrakesh Treaty was signed in 2013 by member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.  It is designed “to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled”. Canada is the 9th country to ratify or accede to the Treaty and the first G7 country to do so.  20 countries must ratify/accede for the Treaty to be in force.

Currently, only 7% of the world’s published works are available in accessible formats. For Canadians with print-disabilities and Canadian libraries, this would mean a substantial increase in the number of titles available. For more information, visit the WIPO website.

New plastic library cards - Pick yours up today from your local library!

Parkland has released new plastic library cards for patrons. Choose from four special designs! Once you have your new card, check out our informational brochure to help you update your eLibrary accounts.

Parkland Regional Library launches new eBook service

3M Cloud Library is the newest digital eBook service available to libraries and has been the subject of rave reviews. Its easy interface makes searching and downloading eBooks fun and simple. Parkland has purchased an initial collection of 1,500 eBook titles valued at $40,000 and it continues to grow. Stocked with bestsellers and frequently requested titles, the collection also includes excellent Canadian content. The 3M Cloud library is compatible with most mobile devices: eReaders, tablets, and smartphones running iOS and Android.