The Newsletter of the Saskatchewan Library Association
May 2014

In This Issue:
  • A Letter From the President
  • Conference News
  • Feature Story: Humboldt's Little Library
  • For Your Information
  • Contact Us 

A Letter From the President


Dear Colleagues,


The Saskatchewan Libraries Conference is fast approaching and will take place at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw, from May 1-3.  It should prove to be an excellent opportunity to learn from our colleagues and to meet and mingle with friends and co-workers both new and old.  I look forward to seeing many of you face-to-face in just a week.  Be sure to register soon if you have not done so already -- the deadline is April 25th (on-site registrations will still be accepted at the venue).


If you are coming to the conference we still need help with a few important items.  One, please encourage your colleagues and friends to attend the 2014 Mary Donaldson Lecture.  Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, author of

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain,

Minister Morgan and Robert Thomas

will prove to be an engaging, entertaining and enlightening speaker on the power we have to transform our cognitive faculties.  We also have need for conveners for sessions.  It only takes a few moments to introduce a speaker and give other important information to delegates. 


This conference is a bit bitter sweet for me.  There will be a change over of four of the eight board positions and this year this will include the position of president.  Thus, it will be my last conference serving you in this capacity.  Thankfully four of our members have put their names forward for the new board.  I am confident that I will be leaving the association in good hands -- especially with my soon to be acclaimed successor, Gwen Schmidt, from Saskatoon Public Library who has previously volunteered for several years in the association most recently as treasurer (2012-13). 


See you in Moose Jaw!


Robert G Thomas

President, Saskatchewan Library Association.


Saskatchewan Libraries Conference 2014

Learning for Life

May 1-3 2014, Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and Resort 

  • Information about the SLA annual conference on May 1-3, 2014.  Read more...
  • Meet the 2014 Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecturer
  • Information about the upcoming AGM can be found here  
  • There's lots to do in Moose Jaw! 
  • Volunteer convenors are needed for 11 sessions. Please contact Tasha Maddison at [email protected]
  • April 25th is the final day for registration before the conference as well as the deadline for cancellations. Onsite registration will be available at the conference.


Feature Story

Susan Bellamy

Humboldt's Little Free Library

by Kimberley Hintz


Is it a birdhouse?


No, it's bigger than a birdhouse and those aren't birds in there - they are books!


Books have been flying out of Susan Bellamy's Little Free Library in Humboldt, SK for a couple of years now.


 "I retired in June of 2012 after 37 years in the school library. My husband thought I'd miss it, so he and our neighbor built this as a retirement gift for me," Bellamy said.

It's the only officially registered "little free library" in Saskatchewan, and Bellamy, as the steward of library #2183, is proud to be part of something that promotes literacy and a love of reading while fostering a feeling of community."The simple ideas are often the best ideas," says Bellamy.


A little free library is a small box with a roof and a hinged door, usually elevated and situated in a publically accessible spot. Decorated to a theme or not, the concept is the same. It is filled with free books. Take a book that intrigues you, and leave a book for others to enjoy.


The "take a book, leave a book" concept has brightened the day for family, friends, and strangers in Bellamy's neighborhood. She restocks the library regularly and although originally planning to focus on adult fiction, she has "seeded" it for some special patrons too.


"I noticed some boys, 10 or 11 years old, looking in one day and now I make sure to have something in there for them. They keep coming back," Bellamy said.


There is always something interesting and new happening in her front yard. At Christmas, she was pleasantly surprised to receive a few anonymous cards and once, a neighbor brought back a book from a little free library she discovered while on vacation in the United States. She has even added a wrought iron bench to her front yard to entice more readers to stop by.


"I would encourage others to get involved," she said. "It's a very rewarding experience."

This idea is becoming an international phenomenon. To learn more, please visit


For Your Information
  • Congratulations to Cara Bradley on your appointment as the SLA representative to the University of Regina Senate and your recent Award. Read more 
  •  Welcome to Moose Jaw, Canada's First Reading Town. Read more 
  • CLA Book Award winners announced. Read More 
  • The Saskatchewan Book Awards is seeking Board members. Read more 
  • OLA has issued a call for proposals. Read more 
  • LAC appoints a new Librarian and Archivist for Canada Read more 
  • SLA would like to hear your stories, post your pictures and feature stories that interest you in our newsletter. Please contact the SLA office with your ideas.
  • 2014 Saskatchewan Library Week dates are October 19-25. Mark your calendars. If you are interested in joining the SLW committee, please call Anne at the SLA office. We welcome your ideas.   
  • The 2015 TDSR Theme Vote is now open! Please visit the website before April 30, 2014 to vote:
  • Please visit the new TD Summer Reading Club 2014 website for staff:
  • Registration is open for the 7th Annual CLCC Conference. Read more  
  • The 2014 Saskatchewan Literacy Awards of Merit have been announced.  Read more


Contact Us 

Saskatchewan Library Association

15-2010 7th Ave.

Regina, SK S4R 1C2


Phone: 306-780-9413 or 306-780-9409

Fax: 306-780-9447

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]



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