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Celebrate Freedom to Read Week / Feb 19, 2021

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week on Feb 21 – 28! Each year, we celebrate our right to intellectual freedom and freedom of expression. Freedom to Read Week was founded in 1984 as a way to create awareness of and stand up against censorship happening across the country in schools and libraries. During the week, keep an eye on our social…

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Congratulate Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer! / Feb 10, 2021

We are proud to congratulate poet, Louise Bernice Halfe — Sky Dancer, as Canada’s newest Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Louise is the ninth poet to be appointed to this position. Read the full press release and learn more about the Parliamentary Poet Laureate position.  Louise was also the recent recipient of the 2020 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence….

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SPL Rejoining SILS Provincial Resource Sharing Service / Nov 12, 2020

SPL will be rejoining the provincial resource sharing service on Dec 1. This means that materials from other Saskatchewan library systems can be requested by SPL patrons, and vice versa. Interlibrary loans, which allow materials to be requested from private libraries in Saskatchewan and public libraries in other provinces, remains suspended. Please visit Our Path to Reopening page for the…

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We’re Going Fine Free! / Oct 14, 2020

On Jan 1, 2021, we’ll be saying “good readance” to late fines … FOREVER! We’re wiping out all existing late fines, and you’ll never get a new late fine again. We’re also extending the COVID-19 fines amnesty through Dec 31, 2020. This means late fines are officially history at Saskatoon Public Library. We’ve adopted a fine-free model to remove barriers…

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New Central Library Functional Program Released / Sep 8, 2020

We’re excited to share the New Central Library Functional Program! A functional program is a statement of needs that a building owner uses to inform the design consultant. It articulates the vision for the building and describes the types and sizes of spaces needed, how those spaces will be used, and the relationships between spaces. The functional program for this…

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Introducing Holds Pickup Lockers / Aug 31, 2020

We’ve added Holds Pickup Lockers at two of our library locations, allowing you to pick up holds at your convenience, even outside of regular library open hours. The holds pickup lockers are located: Outside the Carlyle King Library/Cosmo Civic Centre, and is accessible 24 hours a day Outside the Cliff Wright Library but inside the Lakewood Civic Centre, making it…

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Gradual Reopening Starts Aug 25 / Aug 12, 2020

We’re moving on to Stage 3 of Our Path to Reopening beginning Aug 25. In this stage, libraries will begin to reopen in multiple phases. Reopening dates are subject to change depending on several factors, including the state of COVID-19 in the community. The planned reopening dates are as follows: Dr. Freda Ahenakew Library: Tue, Aug 25 Mayfair Library: Mon,…

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SPL Releases Our Path to Reopening Plan! / Jun 24, 2020

We’re following a Board-approved five-step plan to reopen libraries gradually. Employees are actively working on everything needed to move into this next step of the plan, and we’re doing everything possible to help ensure the health and safety of everyone. Download the pdf below to view each of the five stages of the reopen plan. Our Path to Reopening Steps…

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Introducing our 2020/21 Writer in Residence, Danny Ramadan! / Jun 15, 2020

We’re thrilled to announce award-winning author, public speaker and LGBTQ-refugee activist, Danny Ramadan, as our Writer in Residence for 2020/21! The Vancouver-based author’s debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won the Independent Publisher Book Award for the LGBT Fiction, The Canadian Authors Association’s award for Best Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Evergreen Award, Sunburst Award and a Lambda Award. It was longlisted…

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Contactless Holds Pickup Service Starting Soon / Jun 11, 2020

Beginning Monday, June 15, we will be offering contactless holds pick-up service. Patrons will be able to place holds online and arrange for pick-up of physical library materials. This service will be available at all nine of our locations across the city from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. We will be continually monitoring this service and making adjustments as…

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