Opportunity to attend the CMD free of charge

In line with ABQLA's goal... to Strengthen Ties With National, Provincial and Local Library Associations and Other Related Organizations the ABQLA is offering a free registration for attending le Congrès des milieux documentaires du Quebec (November 30 - December 2) to one of its members. The registration is valued at $450.

To qualify... Write a brief (100-150 word) paragraph explaining how you will use your attendance at the Congrès to help strengthen ties with other Quebec associations.

Great Prizes for Your Library!

From Linsey Hammond

If your library offered the TD Summer Reading Club Splash! program this summer, be sure to send in your submission for the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards by November 1st, 2011!

First Prize $5,000 Second Prize $2,500

Wikipedia Loves Libraries

Meg Sinclair

Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a wiki-coordinated program of distributed micro-conferences (editathons) to be held at libraries and archives in cities across North America around October 2011. The BANQ Grande Bibliothèque (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec) will be participating.

A Maurice Sendak Storytelling Evening

Get ready for a wild rumpus... of librarians!

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.

Manitoba Libraries Conference Call

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.

Take Part in Book Week 2012

From the Canadian Children's Book Centre

Applications to host a Book Week 2012 touring author, illustrator or storyteller are now open!


Oh, the Places You Will Go! (Literally)

Imageby 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.

Professional Partnering Program

from the CLA Student Chapter at McGill University
The Canadian Library Association Student Chapter at McGill University is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2011/2012 Professional Partnering Program.
What is Professional Partnering?

ABQLA Conference 2011 Evaluation: We have a lucky winner!

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.


Beaconsfield High School Library Poetry Contest 2011

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
Jessica Ford

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?


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