The Public, School and Youth sections of the Quebec Library Association and the Jewish Public Library will be hosting a Maurice Sendak storytelling workshop for teachers, librarians and those who are young at heart on Thursday November 3rd at 5:30 PM.
This special event is timed to give you the opportunity to discover the international travelling exhibition “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” which explores the life and artwork of this renowned illustrator and author.
The Manitoba Libraries Conference Program Committee is pleased to invite members of the library, archives, museum, records management, and educational communities to submit proposals for the Manitoba Libraries Conference, May 14 – 16, 2012 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. The Program Committee seeks proposals for sessions showcasing your ideas, research, and library initiatives. Proposals for both pre-conference (full- or half-day) sessions are welcome.
by Amber McNair, ABQLA McGill Student Chapter President
Beginning a career in this fascinating and constantly changing field is both exciting and daunting. The job search, while at times exhilarating, is emotionally taxing. Having the option and desire to be mobile, I applied for public library positions in many communities across Canada and I was very fortunate to be offered the position of Youth Services Librarian at Huntsville Public Library. Re-locating to Huntsville, Ontario, a town of 18,280, has been quite a change from Calgary where I grew up, studied, and taught, and from Montreal where I completed the MLIS program at McGill.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the ABQLA Annual Conference 2011 and filled in the online evaluation form. Your feedback is essential in helping us plan future conferences, and we thank you for taking the time to complete the evaluation. Among all the evaluation forms we received with contact information, we picked an entry at random to give out a prize of a $25 gift card from Nicholas Hoare Bookstore. The lucky winner is Kathy Conroy, Manager of Children Services at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.
The following poems were the top three winners in the 2011 Poetry Contest at Beaconsfield High School Library. All winners are in Grade 10, Secondary 4. We are very proud of their work and will look to their future as aspiring poets.
First Place Poetry Winner
Time to Believe
If we never thought that there was anything more,
Would we question what lay beyond?
And if we never knew anything to be right,
Would we ponder whether we were wrong?
Once again, we are at the end of another school year. Final exams are over, report cards are waiting to be picked up and--if you’re anything like me, you are probably tearing your hair out wondering once again, ”why haven’t my students returned their library books yet?!”
So, seeking some solace, I stumbled across some amusing web links that you might like to integrate into your usual Orientation classes in September.
Linda Hazzan, Director, Communications, Programming & Customer Engagement for the Toronto Public Library, gave a lively and interesting presentation describing the TPL’s experience with the one-day Human Library pilot project in 2010.
A well thought out PowerPoint presentation took us through the early planning stages, media relations throughout the process, and concrete descriptions of how the one-day event ran in the five branches across the city.
Anne Lagacé Dowson is an award-winning radio journalist. She holds a master’s degree in Canadian studies and champions culture, especially literacy and books, in both English and French.
Anne began her presentation by giving a little history on how she became an avid reader and an aficionado of libraries. As a child, she recalls that her parents would send her and her siblings off to the library on weekends. She now realizes how fortunate she was because this allowed her to discover the power of reading. The library quickly became for her a refuge, a wonderful place to learn how to grow up.