ABQLA Bulletin Volume 53.3 September-December 2012

President's Message - December 2012

The last time I wrote to you was back in June, when I had just returned from the CLA Conference and Tradeshow in Ottawa. The summer seemed like it would last forever and I looked forward to a whole year at the helm of ABQLA. I am now half way through my mandate and I am proud of everything that has been accomplished so far.

Message de la présidente - décembre 2012

Mon dernier message date du mois de juin, à mon retour de la conférence CLA à Ottawa.
L’été a semblé interminable et j’étais impatiente de reprendre la barre de l’ABQLA pour une
année. Je me trouve maintenant à mi-mandat et suis fière de tout ce qui a été accompli jusqu’à
présent.

Youth Section: Libraries and Education in Guatemala

On November 19th 2012, the Youth and School sections sponsored the event: Libraries and education in Guatemala. This event was presented by the McGill Student Committee of Librarians Without Borders. The speaker, Jorge Chojolán – an internationally recognize social entrepreneur, educator, and human rights activist – was born into the indigenous Mayan community in the deeply inequitable society of Guatemala. Despite the barriers before him, he rose to achieve a university degree and went on to found the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in the predominantly indigenous city of Quetzaltenango. The Academy is a non-profit institution and does not receive any funding from the Guatemalan Government. The goal of its founder is to transform his society through education at the school by educating and empowering some of Guatemala’s most vulnerable children: girls, the indigenous and the poor.

Public Libraries Section: Connect!

On November 8, 2012, the Public Libraries Section hosted an event entitled “Outreach 101” at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre.  Three guest speakers presented on their views on outreach and shared their experiences. The speakers were:  Donna Lach, Programming and Outreach Librarian at Westmount Public Library, Penny Fransblow, Head of the Norman Berman Children’s Library at the Jewish Public Library, and Eric Craven, Digital Literacy and Fostering Information Society projects coordinator at Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

McGill Student Chapter

On Friday October 26th McGill students enjoyed a guided tour of the Jewish Public Library. The tour of this unique institution was conducted by Leticia Cuenca. Participants viewed the main collection which includes over 150,000 items in English, French, Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish. They also explored the beautiful children’s section and witnessed some children’s programing. Participants became acquainted with the varied programs offered by the Jewish Public Library and its wonderful collection. The McGill Student chapter would like to thank the staff of the Jewish Public Library for welcoming us into their library.

Children's Section Report: ‘The Art of the Picture Book’ in MontrealImage

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts featured for a month, from September 14 th 2012, a unique exhibition – an impressive collection of about one hundred original Canadian picture book illustrations. It was such a delight to observe the display of multitude of mediums!

 

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Fall Kick-off

October was Canadian Library Month, and Monday, October 22nd was National School Library Day. The school libraries of the Lester B. Pearson School Board are raising awareness of the importance of their libraries this school year by engaging in special activities and projects.

 

 

 

Canadian Library Month

October was Canadian Library Month, and Monday, October 22nd was National School Library Day.  The school libraries of the Lester B. Pearson School Board are raising awareness of the importance of their libraries this school year by engaging in special activities and projects.

John Abbott College News

 

Book Reviews