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With the recent changes to our lifestyles including library closures and loan service interruptions, it has been a very challenging time for everyone. Parkland understands your concerns and remains supportive in your efforts to continue to provide services to your communities. 

COVID-19 Update

Parkland is dedicated to helping our libraries during the COVID-19 Outbreak, and have taken the following measures to keep our libraries safe while still providing critical support during this time.
  • Extended borrowed and on hold items until April 6 and will re-visit extensions as necessary
  • Ordered new eContent for CloudLibrary and RBDigital services
  • Created a Temporary eResources page with freely available Tumble Books and Newspaper Archives and will have more resources added to it
  • Suspended van run service as of March 23rd
  • Suspended interlibrary loan service as per Alberta emergency procedures
  • Continued purchasing of library materials for libraries
  • Telephone and email support provided for library and IT concerns
For more information on the latest updates regarding COVID-19 please refer to our COVID-19 Information for Libraries page.
New Building
Despite the major changes in our daily lives, the new Parkland building is still being constructed. Windows are installed, garage area has been added and papering and siding is advancing.. We are thrilled with the continued progress!

Notable Dates


National Poetry Month
Apr 19-25
 - National Volunteer Week
Apr 23 - Library Giving Day
Apr 23-25 - Alberta Library Conference: Find a Way, Jasper. - CANCELLED
Apr 30 - Poem In Your Pocket Day
April 30-May 3Alberta Association of Library Technicians Conference, Canmore Possible cancellation. Watch for more information.


Asian Heritage Month
Get Caught Reading Month
May 1-29
- One eRead Canada, eRead Canada Title: Vi by Kim Thuy
May 2 - Free Comic Book Day
May 2-9 - TD Canadian Children's Book Week
May 28 - PRL Board Meeting, Parkland Regional Library, 1 - 3 pm


June 1 - TD Summer Reading starts

Think Before You Click!

With more staff working from home it is more important than ever to remain vigilant and avoid email phishing scams, some of which look very legitimate.

Here are a few tips on avoiding phishing scams that may include malware or harmful links.

1. Think before you click. If something doesn’t seem right about an email, just delete it—ideally before you open it. You’re better off not taking the risk.
2. Examine the email address. Before you open the email, hover your mouse over it, or check the details of the address. It may look like it's from someone you know, but the details may reveal it is from another unknown email address.
3. Examine any email links. Before you click on a link, try hovering your mouse over it. This will reveal the full address, which can expose signs of fraud. A “.ru” on the end, for example, means the site was created in Russia; “.br” means Brazil. Also watch for misspellings in the URL. They are misleading and the link could be harmful.

Remember, take care in your personal AND your digital life!

Online Resources

There are many other digital resources outside of Parkland's eLibrary content available for libraries and/or students. Here are just a few.

Learn Alberta - Learning resources for K-12

My Child's Learning: A Parent Resource- grade-level specific information

Online Reference Center (ORC) - Learning resources for K-12. Contact for access and login information. - CBC teaching subscription service currently available for free

Scholastic Learn at Home - projects to keep K-9 learning and growing

Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre - Indigenous learning for K-12

Rupertsland Centre for Teaching and Learning - K-12 learning resources for the Métis community

April is Poetry Month. Why not hold a social media poetry contest for your library. It's a great way to increase engagement with your community!

On the blog...


Libraries Stepping Up: Mini-Conference (March 26)
Polaris Upgrade - New Features: Local Item View
Polaris Upgrade - New Features: Patron Account
Parkland Community Library Update - February Board Meeting
Webinar: Healthy Living at the Library (March 25)
Minister's Award for Public Library Service
Webinar: How to Get a Competitive Edge with Social Listening

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