Saskatchewan Library Week

October 15-21, 2017

SLA is also sponsoring the 4th annual Book Spine Poetry Contest.  Details are here.

SLTA Teen Essay contest details 

Join the discussion about LIBRARIES MATTER on social media   #SaskLIbWeek.

See  MAP of projects at the end of this page.

Final Reports are due January 8, 2018.   SLW Final Report  SLW Final Report

Saskatchewan Library Week (SLW) is a province-wide, annual event, which promotes the wonderful resources and services that libraries have to offer. Saskatchewan Library Week is celebrated throughout Saskatchewan in all types of libraries, in both urban and rural communities and by all age groups. The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) has proudly presented this week long celebration since 1976. In 2016 the Saskatchewan Library Association marked the 40th anniversary of sponsoring SLW.

The theme this year is Libraries Matter!

SLA has pulled together a number of digital resources to help libraries promote Library Week events and programs. Download the poster!


A big THANK YOU to this year’s SLW sponsors, The Publications Centre and Information Services Corporation.



SLW Project 2017 are as diverse as they are interesting. From North to South and East to West, Saskatchewan Libraries have something for everyone.  See the map at the bottom of the page!


Pahkisimon Nuye?ah Library System will be hosting a northern tour with award winning writer Louise Halfe as she delivers workshops to senior students in four schools and gives readings in public libraries in Montreal Lake, La Ronge, Air Ronge, and Stanley Mission.

Paynton Library will be hosting a Pumpkin Carving Project in which all ages are welcome to participate! Pumpkins will be judged, and prizes will be awarded in three categories. A lighting ceremony and photo op will follow. October 19

Beauval Public Library is holding a traditional medicine Storytime that will include a medicine man talking about where to find the plants and how he uses them. October 15-21

Meadow Lake Public Library is offering an afternoon of drinks, snacks, and board games in appreciation of the overwhelming support they received in fighting the budget cuts. October 21.

Pierceland Public Library Storytime will never be the same, as children learn to make Healthy fruit smoothies and other snacks. Their Storytime Grandma, will help out by choosing healthy food related stories for the pre-school children that morning. October 18, 19

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Library will host an ‘Open House’, endeavoring to make all clinicians, staff and new employees aware of their library.  October 15-21

Speers Public Library A Ukrainian ethnic cooking demonstration and workshop, an open house with contests and door prizes, card making workshop are all part of the festivities. October 16, 18 and 19.

Turtleford Public Library will host a duel local author reading in the library. Two local authors will read, Lisa Guenther and Edna Alford. October 17, 18


Biggar Public Library is celebrating Saskatchewan Library Week and SLA’s 75th anniversary with many projects.THE GIRL WHO’S READING 75 BOOKS IN 75 DAYS is a young patron who has taken on the challenge to read 75 books in 75 days. She has started August 01 and will finish in the week of October 16. 75 MINUTE MARATHON READING involves a marathon reading at three places. DESIGN AN E-POSTER is for teenagers, where grade 10 to 12 readers get the opportunity to design an e-poster in celebration of the 75th birthday celebrations. HELP YOUR CHILD TO READ A speaker from the Sun West School Division will give a talk on ways in which parents can help their kids to read better and in that way learn to appreciate the worlds and adventures that await them in books We would like to offer an afternoon session for Seniors in the community to come and have a coffee in a quiet environment and learn what the library has to offer them. There have been a number of questions about digital books and loaning materials electronically and we would be able to spend some time and discuss the options and show them how to use them. Many other activities are planned as well. October 15-21

Cupar Public Library An Open House will be held on Wed Oct 18 that will include information about past events through pictures, and reports, a; free baby book give-away to new parents; fine-free late returns; book display of books connecting people to libraries. Also that week they will host a Paint Nite, and a Halloween Costume Exchange October 18, 19 and 20.

Humboldt At the Reid-Thompson Library, there will be special book displays and a reading with author Allan Casey. October 17.

Lampman the Lampman Library Board is building a community “Tiny Free Library” for their local Lions Playpark with access 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Installation the week of Oct. 15th

Melville Public Library will hold a Patron Appreciation Tea and draw. There will be a second ballot offered to those willing to say what their favorite thing about their branch library is and asking why libraries matter. October 18


Ogema Public Library An art instillation/photo collage wall will be created in the library. Project squares will be supplied for each child/adult, with a unifying theme that will be used to create the art. It will be based around MATTER! Minds Absorbing Totally Terrific Reading! Pictures will be taken of people reading, using technology, doing literacy based activities, and these pictures will be printed out to create a photo collage. The project walls will then be unveiled at a Libraries Matter party. October 17

Moose Jaw Public Library at MJPL they are gearing up to show our communities how much Libraries Matter! All week long they will be demonstrating their awesome programs and maker technologies geared towards all ages in unexpected places throughout the library. The activities of the week will culminate in a large daylong event on Saturday October 21st. They will showcase the range and breadth of services and programs offered by the library in order to celebrate their services but also to show patrons their appreciation for their support.  They will be showcasing their children’s programs with drop in mini programs in their Children’s area; Maker Tech Demonstrations in the public areas of our library throughout the day, as well as a Short Film circuit in the Theatre. October 15-21

Saskatoon Public Library will be hosting another round of the (almost) annual Stories in the Bar program. This is an outreach event that involves both library staff and members of the community. This year we are focusing our outside talent on local indigenous and metis performers and organizations. Activities planned include storytelling, musical performances, comedy, a photo booth which encourages social media interaction with #librariesmatter, and more. October 17

Saskatoon Alvin C. Schindel Library, Horizon College & Seminary This event, facilitated by six time national/international award nominated author and recording artist Sally Meadows will incorporate hands on writing, journaling techniques, and goal setting exercises woven in with select readings from her books. A key element of the workshop will highlight accessing writers’ resources through public libraries. October 19

Swift Current Public Library In conjunction with the Saskatchewan German Council, Swift Current Public Library will be celebrating German Heritage in Southwest Saskatchewan Libraries. They will show a film, do storytelling, and a talk about POW camps in Alberta. October 21

Cabri, Tompkins and Stewart Valley Public Libraries will be hosting Cowboy Poetry and Pumpkin Pie, a pairing of Cowboy Poetry with rancher Brian Burnett. Seniors will be invited to bake the pies. October 17, 18, 19

Weyburn Public Library will hold a cooking competition where sixteen (16) participants paired into eight (8) groups are given the exact same food items (one of them being a mystery food item) as well as a limited amount of time to prepare and present a dish of their own creation. The audience will have the opportunity to participate as well in the voting process through taste tests. There will be some prizes given to the top three winners: first, second and third. October 18

Proclamation and News Release

Deputy Minister of Education, Rob Currie presented SLA Executive Director, Judy Nicholson with the of October 15-21, 2017 as Saskatchewan Library Week.  He mentioned the theme, Libraries Matter, and the Book Spine Poetry Contest.  He also congratulated SLA and libraries in providing informational, cultural, economic, and recreational support in their communities. Read the Government of Saskatchewan News Release.


Media and other articles – October 17, 2017

Regina Leader-Post – October 16, 2017

Moose Jaw Times Herald – October 16, 2017

Weyburn Review – October 13, 2017

Yorkton This Week – October 12, 2017



Background Information

Saskatchewan Library Week is a province-wide, annual event, which promotes the wonderful resources and services that libraries have to offer. Saskatchewan Library Week is celebrated throughout Saskatchewan in all types of libraries, in both urban and rural communities and by all age groups. The Saskatchewan Library Association has proudly presented this week-long celebration since 1976.
We want the general public to know that libraries are…

  • Dynamic, community centres for learning, information and entertainment;
  • More than just printed materials but provide access to computers, the Internet and programs;
  • Rare institutions that are within everyone’s reach, regardless of age, education or income level;
  • The ultimate equal opportunity resource.

AND that library workers are…

  • Well-trained, friendly, information experts who help people find whatever it is they are looking for;
  • Information smart in an information rich world

The Saskatchewan Library Association has proudly sponsored Saskatchewan Library Week (SLW) since 1976. This province-wide program, which occurs during the third week in October, unites Saskatchewan people and libraries in an annual event intended to promote library services and create an awareness of the access to information for cultural, economic, educational, and recreational development that is available to everyone in Saskatchewan. SLW encourages literacy, brings communities together and brings cultural awareness to the forefront in Saskatchewan. We are fortunate to have more than 1200 libraries located around the province.

The goal of SLW is to ensure that every citizen in Saskatchewan is aware of the many ways that libraries serve them. Through SLA grants many libraries across the province are able to provide special programs during Saskatchewan Library Week. In recent years, SLA has adopted a Book Spine Poetry contest as its’ provincial project.
Saskatchewan Library Week is planned to:

Raise awareness of libraries, their services and resources to the general public
Promote and encourages literacy
Promote cultural awareness and cultural activities
Provide leisure opportunities and activities for all ages.
Bring communities together
Saskatchewan libraries often hold events depending on the type of library and /or the individual branch. These may include open-houses, story time, elder storytelling, children and adult craft classes, computer workshops, art displays, gala evenings, book displays, teas, patron and volunteer appreciation, speakers, community events, book launches, information nights and workshops.

Over 1500 posters and 50,000 bookmarks for Saskatchewan Library Week will be distributed to all types of libraries including academic and special libraries, as well as the Francophone community and schools. We encourage all libraries to join in the celebration by holding special events in their local libraries. A yearly request is made to the Government of Saskatchewan to proclaim Saskatchewan Library Week. Promotions and advertising are done in newspapers, news releases, radio and television.



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