Recently requested at the EIFW library

Inmate Librarian Cathy passed on the following requests:

  • books on public speaking
  • craft books, especially focusing on crochet
  • ‘Push’ by Sapphire (or any books related to the recently released movie ‘Precious’ – there is a movie tie-in edition)
  • ‘Valkyrie’ – this request was unclear, but may be in relation to books about the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler
  • anything by the author Rupert Ross
  • Italian language learning materials
  • additional copies of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books, especially book 3: Eclipse



Great news – our proposal to CLA 2010 has been accepted!

Hey everyone –

I recently heard from The CLA Conference Program Committee.  Our proposal, “Books Behind Bars” has been selected for presentation at the 2010  CLA Conference in Edmonton.  

As soon as I have more information, I will pass it along.  Hopefully we will coordinate a meeting in the near future to discuss what we’d like to do.

Cultivating Connections — GELA submission?

Hi all — maybe something committee interested in submitting to (book club?) or attending?
Call for Abstracts Now Open!

Cultivating Connections: 2010 National Family Literacy Conference is an opportunity for national and international family literacy experts and practitioners to come together and share knowledge, resources, perspectives and experiences.

You are invited to submit an abstract for the conference to be held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, from July 15 – 17, 2010.

The complete Call for Abstracts, with information on conference streams, is now available on the conference website:

This conference will be of interest to all those who work with families and are interested in fostering family literacy. Delegates will include those from Alberta and across Canada, but also from the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries.

Important Dates:
• Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2009
• Notification date of accepted abstract: January 15, 2010
• Acceptance date for presenters: January 31, 2010

Cultivating Connections Conference,
July 15 – 17, 2010
Plan to attend this exciting gathering, which will also include three days of pre-conference training from July 12 – 14.

Conference keynote speakers include Peter Hannon, Elsa Auerbach, Snoeks Desmond, Eve Gregory and Thomas Sticht. Join with Canadian and international family literacy experts and practitioners to share information and explore opportunities for the growth of family literacy.

For more information, please contact

Government failing aboriginal prisoners: ombudsman

Howard Sapers released a report last week entitled Good Intentions, Disappointing Results. The report is critical of the government and the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) saying that the federal government needs to take “urgent action” to improve support programs for native prisoners or face a potential crisis. “Today my message is clear — given the urgency of the situation, I call upon the service to do the right thing and immediately appoint a deputy commissioner for aboriginal corrections,” Sapers said in a statement.

Howard Sapers was appointed the federal Correctional Investigator in Feburary 2004. The primary function of the Office of the Correctional Investigator is to investigate and bring resolution to individual offender complaints. The Office as well, has a responsibility to review and make recommendations on the Correctional Service’s policies and procedures associated with the areas of individual complaints to ensure that systemic areas of concern are identified and appropriately addressed.

Sapers has been a Board Member of the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta Ltd. since 2007.

You can read his full report here:

Crossposted at Blogosarus Lex.

Cathy’s Wish List

Book Requests

Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
One Child – Torey Hayden
Tiger’s Child- Torey Hayden
A Child Called “It” – Dave Pelzer
Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult

Anything by:
Edgar Allan Poe
Khalil Gibran
Alex Haley
S.E Hinton
Ann Rice

Books About:
The zodiac
Biographies (more recent bands, actors)
Novels in Vietnamese
Current High school textbooks – Chemistry, Biology, Physics

The Bang You Feel

There will be a showing of “The Bang You Feel” on Friday, November 6 at noon. Several of us had the privilege of seeing this powerful film in March, and I recommend going to see it if you have the chance.

Here’s the info:
Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations Proudly Presents:

“The BANG You Feel”

“a DISQUIETING dose of reality”
“Anyone and everyone working with women NEEDS to see this film.”

‘The BANG You Feel’ is a 40 minute documentary that follows the stories of three aboriginal women attempting to rebuild their lives after leaving prison. Set in Edmonton, Alberta, ‘The BANG You Feel is a compelling look at addiction, support and hope.

Come Join us on Friday, November 6th, 2009 at noon
#4, 10865-96 Street Edmonton, Alberta

RSVP to Trevor Gladue @ 780-425-4644 ext.113 or by email

This video Produced by:
Bearpaw Media Productions, a division of Native Counselling Services  of Alberta