Saskatchewan Library Week ends on a sad note

Saskatoon Public Library has been running a fun campaign to get people interested in the library and what it has to offer. To do this, they designed a Power Grid people can print off, fill in, and take to any public library in town by the 25th. Three $100 Galaxy Cinema cards are up for grabs for lucky library users and you can’t win one if you don’t enter. I work for them so I can’t enter, but I figured it’d be helpful for someone else if I found the answers, at least. Today I present the last few questions.

Name one kids’ game website that the Library links to under Kids’ Place

That’s easy enough to find on the library website: Kaboose,, PBS Kids, Yahoo Kids, Funbrain (sounds like a smart place to be), and Chateau Meddybemps. They also offer a link to Hangman for those who want a fun (and probably frustrating) way to learn English. You can nearly kill the guy just by trying to find the vowel…

What is a DAISY? (Hint: ask at Outreach Services)

You can ask me, too, obviously. DAISY is an acronym that probably means something important and descriptive but you don’t need to know that bit. What you need to know is that it’s a specially formatted disc for the visually impaired that requires a special machine to run. Each DAISY disc holds an audio version of a book and borrowing them requires a special Talking Book card that’s only available to people who qualify for it.

Sadly, the library isn’t getting new DAISYs anymore. We used to buy some of our own and borrowed loads more from the CNIB but whatever company supplied them before doesn’t anymore or some damn thing, and the only other way to get more appears to be from overseas in Britain. So it’s either a money or a copywrite issue for why that’s stalled. They were a pain in the ass to process anyway so I’m not too sorry about that. I’m sorry for those who liked to borrow them, though.

What are the hours of the Friends’ shop at Frances Morrison Library?

This turns out to be a trick question. Officially, the hours are as follows:

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (year round)
Sundays – 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (but not in the summer)

Unfortunately, an email went out this week to inform staff that the Friends Shop would be closed due to “operational challenges” with nothing said about when it will be running again.

The Friends Shop is run by Friends of the Library volunteers and the whole point of the Shop is to sell off withdrawn items for fund raising/advocacy purposes.

Since its inception, the Friends have organized book sales, garage sales, two Dinner Theatres, readings to seniors, special events, receptions, dance parties at “The Hat” and eight very successful Forkfests.

The Friends operate primarily from the Shop, located in the lower level of the Frances Morrison Library, selling donated and culled library materials.

If you would like more information on the Friends of the Library or are interested in volunteering some time with this worthy cause, please contact Christina McKay at 382-3254.

Dinner theatre sounds fun but I think what’s most important here is that they make these items (books, music and films) available for further use outside the library. Most of what gets withdrawn is still perfectly good — it’s just that we get so much new stuff, old things need to go to make room for it all. If the Friends Shop is closed for a while (not enough volunteers? Problems with the space itself? It’s a mystery.) I don’t know what will happen to all the stuff that gets culled. The library already chucks and recycles a shitload of that on a monthly basis (you’d be surprised by what people try to donate to the library, too) and it would be a real shame if more had to be tossed in a bin and destroyed because no other choice was available.

So that’s it for the Power Grid. Good luck to those who are playing and maybe if you win you could invite me to a show? The new Harry Potter movie is mere weeks away…

Edit 2:53pm — Friends Shop is open again, so whatever was the trouble troubles them no longer. Hooray! Buy yourself some withdrawn items tomorrow to celebrate!


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