Star Blanket Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Fran Smith, the winner of the lovely Star Blanket! And a BIG thank you to all those who bought tickets. We raised enough money to sustain the Storybook Project for the next year. Your support is truly appreciated by the women and all of the volunteers.

Another Star Blanket Raffle announcement will be coming soon!



Thanks to Tanya, Tara, Moyra, Liz, Kirsten and Masha who presented at CLA, you guys did a great job. If you missed the presentation, the slide deck is up on Slideshare: Books Behind Bars.

Donations of books and supplies

Greenwoods has generously donated 25 children’s books for our Storybook Project. Among these are hard cover picture books, board books, and classics–a really great selection. Thank you Greenwoods!

We also received donations of book card pockets in response to a request made on Jerome-L. Thank you to all of our Alberta colleagues for coming through! The card pockets were dropped off to Cathee along with spine labels and label protectors last week.

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!

Happy Retirement Maryon – and thank you!!

thank-you-red-blackOn behalf of the GELA prison committee, I want to thank Maryon McClary for her retirement request for donations to our prison library committee! Maryon retired from the University of Alberta Libraries and through the generous donations of her friends, we had funding for our very successful pilot of the Storybook Project.

We conducted the pilot project in May and June where we recorded 11 women who read aloud to their children. We then burned the recordings onto a cd and mailed both the cd and a copy of the book to each child. The project was incredibly successful and we were able to purchase the books because of the donations made in Maryon’s name.
We now have plans in place to make this a permanent project of the committee – starting in September GELA volunteers will meet with women once a month for the readings, recordings and mailouts. The women are SO thankful and very excited about the project.

Once again – many thanks to Maryon and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!