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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.

Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Have you voted for the Alberta Reads' Choice Award yet? Support your favourite local book or find a new favourite from the five finalists

The Edmonton Public Library will be hosting a twitter discussion group/book club for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award Nominees (August 17 -21). Keep track of each night’s discussion from 7 p.m to 8 p.m through the existing author hashtags and @EPLdotCA.

August 17 – Come Back by Rudy Wiebe #VoteWiebe
August 18 – Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer #VoteBrouwer
August 19 – Who By Fire by Fred Stenson #VoteStenson
August 20 – Winterkill by Kate Boorman #VoteBoorman
August 21 – The Social Life of Ink by Ted Bishop #VoteBishop

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.

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.