Saskatchewan Library Week

Dare to Know

Celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week October 18-24, 2015
Enter the Book Spine Poetry Contest

Find contest instructions on Book Spine Poetry Website above.

Here are some of the special projects happening in libraries during Saskatchewan Library Week. Be sure to look for one in your area!

In Bengough, the library will host an oil painting demonstration while the Big River Library is holding a Card Tournament. Three separate events will be held in Climax, Tompkins and Glentworth libraries all featuring Cowboy Poet Bryce Burnett. If you will be in Eastend during this week, be sure to watch for the Celebration of Rural Women as the editors of A Voice of Their Own read from their work. The John M. Cuelenaere Library in Prince Albert is hosting a Lego Robotics Session, a book sale, and a presentation by author Sally Meadows. A Street Party in Filmore Saskatchewan will bring together artists in the community to demonstrate their craft, and the library will demonstrate their services with a “Did You Know” theme. Award winning writer Ann Lazurko will be giving a one hour reading from her book Dollybird at the Glenavon Branch Library.

Have you always wanted to paint a brick and make a bookend? Then Meadow Lake Library is the place to go! Teen zombies, a presentation on Wills and Estates and an in library Book Club make for an exciting celebration of “Dare to Know”in Melfort. Be a “Maker” in Moose Jaw-visit the Moose Jaw Public Library on Thursday October 22nd, and wind your way through the Little Bits Station, the Knitting Station, the Lego Station and the craft tables. Janice Howden, author of Badge 124, is in Nipawin the evening of October 22 her talk will provide insight into being an Animal Protection officer.

Artistically inclined? The North Battleford Library is holding a bookmark art contest. Library patrons will vote on the top 3 designs, and the top three will have their bookmarks professionally printed and distributed in the library. Storytelling and cake will be served up in Ogema, while a Dare to Know Info Fair and Scary Book Party/Parade will be happening in Oxbow.

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region is incorporating the theme but holding a Wear a Hat, Tell a Story game. A joint writing and literary themed event will be geared toward library patrons and the local school. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Humboldt Reid –Thompson Public Library as a Wapiti Regional Branch, and events are planned all week including a digital brown bag lunch, and an author reading with Candace Savage.

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region library will be interviewing 5 library champions (frequent users of the library). The content of the interviews will then be used to promote library services. Information sessions and kiosks will guide patrons through database navigation, accessing library services and other topics. Author Janice Dick is offering a three hour writing workshop at the Spalding Library on October 22nd. Three events will occur during SLW at the Tisdale Community Library: Author Janice Howden will be reading from her book Badge 124, Bedtime Storytime with the Trojans and What’s My Line. Watrous Public Library will be an “art centre” as writer/artist Michael Gaudet displays his paintings and reads from his new book.
Wherever you are in Saskatchewan, there’s something for everyone at libraries around the province. Dare to Know more about your local library.

Sponsors for Saskatchewan Library Week

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Saskatchewan Library Week 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 weeklong 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 librarians 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 in 2015 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, press releases, radio and television.