CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 16th Annual Writing for Children Competition, $1,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until April 24, 2012 for the 16th annual Writing for Children Competition. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 1,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

$1,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children’s publishers.

Dystopian fiction for Young Adults

ImageIf you have been engaged in reader’s advisory for young adults for the past couple of years, you might have noticed an increasing interest in dystopian fiction. The forthcoming release of the movie Hunger Games (March 23rd 2012) based on the book series by Suzanne Collins with the same title stirs the spirits and invites for a compilation of suggested readings lists that will appeal to young patrons who crave to prolong the pleasure of sharing exciting adventures in this genre.

Dystopian fiction is not new – it is a subdivision of the Science Fiction genre and sees its roots in the works of H.W. Wells, William Golding, Ray Bradbury... The most famous dystopian novel would be 1984, by George Orwell.

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012

An annual event promoting literacy and bringing together authors and illustrators with their audiences, the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will be held nationwide from May 5th – 12th 2012. In Montreal, the ABQLA jointly with the Canadian Children’s Roundtable is glad to organize the visit of author Caroline Pignat. Winner of numerous awards, amongst which is the prestigious Governor General Literary award for Children’s Literature (text) in 2009 for her historical fiction “Greener Grass,” the author will be with us to speak about her creative moments and inspiration.

Open Access Update

Submitted by Joanna Duy

On November 28, 2011, the ABQLA College and Research Section hosted an “Open Access Update” at Concordia’s Webster Library, exploring open access initiatives at the McGill and Concordia University libraries, as well as through national funding agencies.

The speakers were:

Maurice Sendak Storytelling Workshop

ImageBy Karen Biskin

Throughout his prolific career, Maurice Sendak transformed the landscape of children’s literature, conjuring the monsters of childhood dreams onto the pages of his books. On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Public, School and Youth Sections of the ABQLA celebrated Sendak’s writing during a storytelling workshop held at the Jewish Public Library. Professional storyteller Selina Eisenberg-Smith animated the evening, using a felt board, puppets, and props to explore the various ways to engage children in a story. After her artistic retelling of In the Night Kitchen, she had the group participate in its own wild rumpus and then perform Pierre, a Cautionary Tale with her. She shared her experiences working with children of different ages and explained how she adapts children’s books in order to perform them for a audience.

Out from the Stacks: Librarians Without Borders in Guatemala 2011

Authors: Rebecca Burbank, Carolyn Doi, Nouf Khashman, Emily McHugh, Amanda Oliver

This article presents reports from four Librarians Without Borders student volunteers from McGill University who recently participated in a service-learning assignment at a school library in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

CLA Montreal Network Salon on Mobile Devices for libraries

Hello Montreal librarians, library students and library lovers!

The CLA Montreal Network is kicking off its inaugural season with a Salon des Bibliothécaires on the topic of mobile devices for libraries. Did you know that there are 6.6 million smart phone owners in Canada? How is your library addressing the needs of an increasingly digital and connected population?

Our Salons are a series of informal meetings where all members of the Montreal information community can gather to socialize and discuss hot topics.

Call for Raffle Items - CODE Fundraiser

CALL FOR RAFFLE ITEMS for the 28th Annual ABQLA/CLA/SLA CODE Holiday Fundraising Event

Monday, December 5, 2011 at Phillips Lounge

All ABQLA members are invited to solicit individuals, local merchants and other contacts to donate raffle prizes. A significant portion of the funds raised during our CODE event comes from the sale of tickets for our amazing raffle.



CODE Holiday Fundraiser

We invite you to attend the 28th Annual CODE Fundraiser Event organized by ABQLA, CLA Montreal Network and SLA Eastern Canada Chapter in support of CODE


Are Boys Less Interested in Books?

Imageby Farahnaz Taherinejad

On October 7, 2011, Carol-Ann Hoyte, a 2008 graduate of the Information and Library Technologies (ILT) program spoke on the subject of Boys and Literature to ILT students, staff and other guests at John Abbott College.Ms. Hoyte has worked at Selwyn House School as assistant librarian since October 2007.She is also a freelance writer whose specialty is children's literature.

She explained how to make children, especially boys, more interested in books and reading. She emphasized what libraries and parents can do to encourage reading.


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