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Snoopy is Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month 2015!

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace, among other personas. This fall he makes his star turn when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. In September, he’s especially proud to serve as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.

Help us celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month by entering Parkland Regional Library’s Comic Strip Contest, open to all Parkland Regional Library area residents ages 10 to 18. Entries will be received through our website and at local public libraries through September 25th. Visit your library to get involved.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

This September, public libraries across the region are promoting the value of a library card and library services. From finding a job, starting a new business, to getting homework help and becoming more engaged in your community, a library card offers limitless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

This year Parkland Regional libraries join the American Library Association - and thousands of libraries across North America – to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month in September, which coincides with the beginning of the school year. We join together to remind parents, caregivers and students – during the month when back-to-school activities are at full throttle – that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Hoopla adds DC Comics

There are some familiar faces in Hoopla lately - DC and Vertigo comics have been added to the collection! You can check out titles such as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Superman: Earth One, Sandman, Daytripper and more. Go to Hoopla now to see the entire offering.

Building a Bright Future

Registration is now open for Building a Bright Future, PRL's professional development workshop. This day-long workshop is aimed at library managers, trustees, municipal councilors, and administration. Learn how to build trust and partnerships, use outcome-based evaluation, recruit new board members, use design thinking, and more! 

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.