Latest Wishlist from Cathy

Vietnamese Books

Author: Wilber Smith

Author:  Wendy Markham

Aboriginal Books of any kind



Congratulations Tanya – top 40 under 40!

Avenue Magazine has just named Tanya one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 – with a shout out to the Greater Edmonton Library Association and her work with the EIFW bookclub!

The article about Tanya (which you can read here) explains why she was chosen as a top 40: “For making complicated and often intimidating legal information available to those who need it most.”

Congratulations Tanya!


hi everyone, just a note that i added “about us” and “supporters” pages to this blog, accessible from the menu on the right. anyone who can post to this blog can also change their contents so– feel free to add and correct any mistakes you find. Tara suggested thanking the individuals and libraries who have been nice enough to support us in our endeavours, which I thought was a great idea. but in the case of individual donations– we should check before we add names to the public blog.

Edmonton Public Library is on there because we have been using their book club kits. Strathcona County Library has lent book club kits and is also a great source of donated material.
-thanks, jocelyn

Minutes from the Sept. 30th meeting

Here are the minutes from our last meeting, as well as a list of our various sub-committees and their members. Sorry about the tardiness of this post – it looks like many of the action items listed in the minutes have been followed up on, so that’s great. In addition to the updates from the other sub-committees, Kirsten has set up some tentative dates for the next two sessions of the Storybook Project, so expect to hear more from us soon (we’ll likely need to start exploring fundraising opportunities, as this round was supported by a generous donation from Dr. Toni Samek). Lastly, if there are any changes or additions to the sub-committee list posted above, please leave a comment and it will be updated. For those of you interested in fundraising, should we try to set up a meeting in November, or would early December (i.e. end of the Fall semester!) be okay too?

Prison Justice at the North of Nowhere Festival, Oct 16-31

The Edmonton Small Press Association presents the North of Nowhere Expo (NoN), “a non-profit and volunteer-operated activist-arts festival that is committed to fostering the awareness of the arts as tools for positive social change.”

Running from October 16 – 31, NoN will be bringing films, speakers, art and more to Edmonton. Topics include Food Security, a Palestine Film Fest, Media Democracy, and Prison Justice.

The focus on Prison Justice includes an art exhibt, Voices from Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex (hours);  film screenings on Monday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 21 ; and on Thursday, October 29, there will be a panel on Restorative Justice which will include Chris Hay of Alberta’s John Howard Society.

You can check out a summary of the program here and a very detailed program here (pdf).

The schedule for the prison series is here.

Crossposted at Blogosarus Lex.

Tour of the Institution for Women planned for Saturday, November 7

edforwomen1GELA has organized another tour of the Edmonton Institution for Women (11151 – 178 Street) for Saturday, November 7 at 3 p.m.

Any interested members of the library community are welcome to sign up for the tour. Cathy, the inmate librarian will be leading the tour so you can learn first hand about all the great GELA library projects, like our bookclubs and Storybook project.

A list of participants and their completed security clearance forms must be submitted by me to the prison by Friday October 23.

The tour lasts about 1 ½ hours and can accommodate approximately 12 people so sign up soon! As of today, we already have 7 people signed up.

To sign up for the tour and receive your security clearance form, please email Kirsten Wurmann at