The Newsletter of the Saskatchewan Library Association
December 2014

In This Issue:
  • A Letter From the President
  • Board
  • Conference News
  • For Your Information
  • Programming News
  • Contact Us


SLA President's Message 


Last time I wrote, I invited you to tell me what is going on in your library, and wonderful stories came from here and there. Here are the things that I heard.


Elaine from the Lucky Lake Library told me that their programs about Remembrance Day for children in Grades 1-2 and 3-4 featured a theme of animals that helped in the war. She said with all the students busy, it was a 'zoo' in there for a while, hahaha!


Merrilee from the Kelliher Library says that their library is small but the heart of the community. She has been making a habit of working collaboratively with the local school to have school children come to the library for special events: this year, they made Halloween critters in October, and they will be back making homemade ornaments for the library's Christmas tree. Enjoying books together is always part of the fun, of course.


At the Ada Staples Library in Oxbow, Janell sent me some photos of what they are doing to inspire and engage their community: they have recently hung student artwork from the local school in the library, they hosted a reading by two local writers, and they did an interactive display where people were invited to share what inspires them.


A lot of vibrant things are happening in Saskatchewan libraries, big and small. Thanks for sharing your stories, Ladies, about the importance of your library to your community.


Saskatchewan Library Week happened in October, and I would like to take a moment on behalf of the Board to thank our staff and volunteers who made this year's contests and events so dynamic and enjoyable. I also really enjoyed meeting and chatting with friends old and new at the Saskatchewan Libraries Happy Hour in early November. Visiting live community-to-community during the event, via FaceTime and Skype, was a silly but fun illustration of how we use today's technology to connect libraries and people across the Province on a regular basis. We are using our skills and creativity to build new and better services together all the time. If I saw you in person or digitally that night, thanks for coming out. A special thanks to the folks at the Creighton Library for taking us up on our challenge and hosting their own party. If you are reading this, maybe your community can host an SLA party next year!


Finally, in business news, the SLA Board and staff are hard at work on projects big and small. We spent a day recently in Watrous with a SaskCulture facilitator, workshopping our organization's diversity plan going forward. More news on that will come out soon. Financially, we have made a new investment plan for our savings to ensure that we are maximizing our interest, and we made a commitment to increase the amount of the Mary Donaldson Award of Merit (award to a SK Polytechnic Library Technician Student) from $750 to $1200. The amount of this award has not changed in many years, and $1200 will reflect the current cost of program textbooks for the student. At the committee level, we are starting to plan next year's big events, we are making statements on library issues, we are working on the style of the newsletter and the website, we are identifying sponsors for our programming, and we are planning the big conference.


The Board has revised the SLA Personnel Handbook, and are doing a pilot project to adopt a consent agenda format for our Board meetings. We are connecting with associate organizations, in meetings big and small, to strengthen relationships and identify common ground going forward. We are working on a plan for the Mary Donaldson Trust; the amount of money in the Trust has been steadily dwindling over time, and now it is time to determine what to do next. It is also time to start to build a strategic plan for our organization for 2015-2018. Our first step will be to ask you, the SLA membership, what future directions you want. Stay tuned for that, and we would really appreciate it if you fill out the survey when it comes.


It is great to have so many volunteers involved in our day-to-day work, bringing member involvement in a meaningful way to what we do. Thank you for what you do.


Respectfully submitted,

Gwen Schmidt





Board News
Happy Hour Events Were a Roaring Success!

At least 86 library workers and supporters from around Saskatchewan met at one of the four party locations on November 6 to share some appetizers, beverages, and fellowship.  Thanks to the organizers of the receptions - Cindy McLean (Creighton), Tony Murphy (Prince Albert), Gwen Schmidt (Saskatoon), and Michael Shires (Regina) for their efforts in arranging the locations and promoting the event.  Attendees included representatives from the various library communities, town councils, SaskCulture, and other organizations. The parties connected via Facebook , Twitter, Facetime, and emails between the locations. This was truly a province-wide event. -

Conference News


Call for Presenters is now up on the website at  . Please consider submitting a proposal for a session at this conference.Check back regularly,as the Exhibitor Prospectus,Sponsorship Opportunities and Delegate information will be available after the holidays.



For Your Information
  • Creative Kids has published their Christmas Gift Catalogue Read More 
  • You're invited to a Winter MDLP Webinar Read More 
  • News from the National Reading Campaign Read More 
  • News from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Read More 
  • Call for Papers IFLA Read More 
  • Royal Society reports on the future of libraries Read More  
  • December Education Institute (EI) offerings are in the catalogue for December 2, 3, 9 and 11. Please look them over and decide if they fit into your professional development plan.  Speaking of PD plans - have you considered joining the Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) to keep a record of your personal professional development?This keeps you on target with selecting courses, workshops, webinars, and even professional reading to enhance your skills and capabilities in the employment environment. 

  • Are you following The Tale of a Town?

  • Two recipes to make your Christmas pudding memorable: Chocolate Sauce and Butterscotch Rum Sauce

  • The Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit has issued a call for presenters

Programming News

Saskatchewan Library Week 2014 Part 2

Saskatchewan Library Week is behind us now, the celebrations are over, the Book Spine Poetry contest has concluded and the winners have their prizes. An astounding number of entries from right across the province are an indicator that, with a few small changes, there is a good possibility that the Book Spine Poetry Contest will continue next year.
he winning poems can be seen here

 As Gwen pointed out in her message, there were many outstanding events held to celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week. Although too numerous to mention, suffice it to say that grants provided to 23 libraries were put to good use from building terrariums in Swift Current, to patron appreciation days. Partnerships were formed between writers (with the help of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild) and libraries and also in communities like Pilger where the library and local school worked collaboratively to create an "event". Another notable event took place in Meadow Lake, where the local library recognized a need within the community. From Tawn Marshall, programming clerk at the library:

"Our Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen Book Club and Potluck was successful in getting people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together to discuss the roles of food and heritage in our lives and on our health. The Collaborative Cooking Afternoon introduced patrons to the local organic market garden on Flying Dust First Nation, and created an inclusive, experiential environment to try new food making techniques and recipes. "

I hope that all these events will get your creative juices flowing, and that if you haven't applied for a SLW grant before,you will consider it for next year.


Freedom to Read Week will be held Feb 22-28 2015. SLA will be awarding a total of 15 grants to member libraries who are interested in hosting an event to celebrate our freedom  and draw attention to its' challenges. For more information and to apply for a grant please visit the SLA website .


Contact Us 

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Regina, SK S4R 1C2


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

Fax: 306-780-9447

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