Blocks and Kits

Peace Library System has many types of materials that it loans on request to libraries to supplement their own collections on a temporary basis. The items are lent in blocks or kits as a single unit. For more information and for requests, please contact Barbara Johnson at bjohnson@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca.

Please Note: Should a book be declared lost or ruined beyond repair, it is your library's responsiblity to reimburse PLS.

Book Blocks

Rotating blocks of audio books, large print books and Christmas books are available for PLS member libraries for a 6 month period.

To request a block, email Barbara Johnson at bjohnson@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca. Procedures are below.

Audio Books – 40 blocks with 25 items per block. Mixed blocks contain an assortment of Fiction and Non-fiction for adult and juvenile readers. Several audio blocks of western fiction, some “cozy mysteries” and some “gentle romance” are also available.

Christmas books – 25 blocks with 25 items per block. These blocks are a perfect way to augment your Christmas collection! Fiction and Non-fiction for all ages to make Christmas “Merry and Bright”!

Large Print books – 60 blocks with 25 items per block. The most popular of the large print blocks are the Western collections, and PLS also offers Mystery, Romance and mixed blocks to satisfy all your senior patrons!
 

When a block is prepared for your library, the “Assigned branch” field in each item record is changed from Peace Library System to your library branch name. The items are then “checked in” at PLS, which puts each item in the block “in transit” to you.

When you receive the box of books, check in each item, to change the status from “in-transit” to “in”, and circulate the items to patrons in your library or to fill ILL requests. As long as your library is the “assigned branch” the books will return to you from wherever they are borrowed and/or returned.

To return the block to PLS, use the list provided to ensure all the items are in the box, and they have been checked “in”. If an item is checked “out”, the block can still be returned and when the assigned branch is changed back to Peace Library System, any circulating items will return to our branch when they are checked “in”.

In the event that an item is returned while your library is still the “assigned branch” (in between the time when you send it back and when we make PLS the assigned branch), the message to put the item “in transit” to PLS will not occur, please hold on to the item and check it “in” again in a few days.

Please include a note if there are items not returned with the block. PLS will send a confirmation e-mail to you listing the items still to be returned.

Book Club Kits

Peace Library System has developed 3 Book Club Kits designed to help libraries looking for books by Indigenous authors. Each kit has 15 copies of a title along with a binder including potential discussion questions. The titles available and the procedures for borrowing/returning and using the kits are below:

Titles:

  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • Sanaaq by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk
  • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga

Procedures for Borrowing and Returning the Book Club Kits

  1. To reserve a kit, please call Barb at Peace Library System headquarters at (780) 538-4656, or toll-free at 1-800-422-6875, or email her at bjohnson@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca.
  2. The Loan Period for each kit is 28 days. They may be renewed twice for a 28 day period.
  3. Each kit will consist of 15 copies of the title, a binder with a sign-out sheet, and potential discussion questions.
  4. When you receive the kit, please check that all items are included.
  5. Before returning the kit, please check that all items are included.
  6. The kits must be returned to Peace Library System after each use. Do not pass the kit to a patron or another library. The contents will be checked at Peace Library System before the kits are loaned out and after they come back from being borrowed.
  7. Lost or damaged items will be invoiced to the borrowing library.

Procedure for Using the Book Club Kits

  1. Use the included Sign-Out Sheet in the binder to manually sign out copies to patrons. Make sure you sign out the same copy number on the book as recorded on the Sign-Out Sheet. For example, if you give your patron copy #5 of The Marrow Thieves, make sure to record the patron information on the Sign-Out Sheet for copy #5.
  2. Do not remove the pages from the binder. If they are needed, please photocopy them for your own use.
  3. The Discussion Questions included in the binder are simply suggestions. You do not have to use them.

Read Alberta Books

About the Display
The Read Alberta Books Travelling Display was developed in partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, with promotional materials adapted from Parkland Regional Library.

Block 7 features 2016 nominees and winners from the WGA’s Alberta Literary Awards and the BPAA’s Alberta Book Publishing Awards. A total of 24 books were donated to Peace Library System. The block can be borrowed for three months for your library’s patrons to enjoy, before it must be sent back to Peace Library System. View the list of titles in Block 7 here.

Block 8 features 2017 nominees and winners from the WGA’s Alberta Literary Awards and the BPAA’s Alberta Book Publishing Awards. A total of 28 books were donated to Peace Library System. The block can be borrowed for three months for your library’s patrons to enjoy, before it must be sent back to Peace Library System. View the list of titles in Block 8 here.

Block 9 features 2019 nominees and winners from the WGA’s Alberta Literary Awards and the BPAA’s Alberta Book Publishing Awards. A total of 37 books were donated to Peace Library System. The block can be borrowed for three months for your library’s patrons to enjoy, before it must be sent back to Peace Library System. View the list of titles in Block 9 here.

Previous blocks have been dismantled and the titles are individually available on TRACpac for patrons to borrow. The titles are available here.

How to Participate

1. Book It:
Book the travelling display by emailing Barbara Johnson. The display is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of two libraries able to book the display at one time. Please include your name and contact information, as well as library name in the email.
 
2. Receive It:
Your library will receive the display kit on your van run or in the mail (for mail-only libraries). The kit includes:

  • A selection of 20-30 titles from the display 
  • Promotional posters
  • A catalogue of items in the display
  • Book display stands to assist you in setting up your display

3. Use It:
Set up the display in your library. Add related books from your own collection. Advertise the new display in your library communications. Check out titles to patrons. Keep the display rack as full as possible.
 
4. Return It:
Return display materials to Peace Library System on or before the due date.

Questions?
Contact Peace Library System at 780-538-4656.

Storytime Kits

Peace Library System has developed 41 Storytime Kits designed to make your storytime sessions easier by providing stories, crafts, songs, rhymes, puppets, and other activities. There is a craft and song or rhyme designated for each book and the puppets and other activities are interchangeable between different books. The titles of the kits and the procedures for borrowing/returning and using the kits are below:

Storytime Kit Themes (ages 4-6):

  • Bears
  • Big Machines and Construction
  • Bugs and Insects
  • Cat tales
  • Christmas and Other Lands
  • Circus
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fall and Thanksgiving
  • Fairytales and Tall Tales
  • Farm Animals
  • Folktales
  • Jungle
  • Métis and First Nations
  • Oceans
  • Pets Kit #1
  • Pets Kit #2
  • Pirates
  • Polar Regions: Animals and Folktales
  • Space
  • Spring, Summer and Easter
  • Winter and Valentine’s Day

Storytime Kit Themes (ages 2-3):
(Including 8 English/French bilingual kits)

  • Alphabet
  • Animals at home
  • Counting and numbers
  • Dinosaurs / Les dinosaures
  • Farms / La ferme
  • Food and Supermarket / Aliments et marché
  • Friendship
  • Me and My Family / Ma famille et moi
  • Music and Sounds / Musique et sons
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Ocean Life
  • Outer Space
  • Respecting Differences
  • Seasons and Holidays
  • Shapes and Colours
  • Sports and Games
  • Vehicles / Véhicules et transports
  • Weather and Nature
  • Where We Live/ Où on vit
  • Wild Animals / Les animaux sauvages

 

Procedures for Borrowing and Returning the Storytime Kits

  1. To reserve the kits, please call Barbara at Peace Library System Headquarters at (780) 538-4656, or toll free at 1 (800) 422-6875, or email her at bjohnson@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca
     
  2. The Loan Period for each kit is three months. They may be renewed once for a three week period.
     
  3. Each kit will consist of one, two or three bins (depending on the kit). Please ensure that all of the bins for each kit have been received.
     
  4. Each kit will contain a binder, books, and puppets (except for Big Machines and Construction). When you receive the kit, please check the contents on the Content Verification Sheet. The Content Verification Sheet will be in the front inside cover of the binder. The binder will be in one of the bins.
     
  5. Before returning the kit to Peace Library System, please check the contents on the Content Verification Sheet again to ensure that all items are accounted for and the kit is complete. Please send all the bins together as a unit back to Peace Library System.
     
  6. When returning the kits, please seal the carton with the enclosed plastic ties.
     
  7. The kits must be returned to Peace Library System after each use. Do not pass on the kit to patrons or another library. The contents will be checked at Peace Library System before the kits are loaned out and after the kits come back from the borrowing library.
     
  8. Lost or damaged items will be invoiced to the borrowing library.

 

Procedures for Using the Storytime Kits

  1. Each kit contains 10-20 books, puppets, and a binder with crafts, rhymes or songs, and other activities.
     
  2. The crafts and songs are labeled to go with particular books; however, they may be interchangeable if the librarian chooses.
     
  3. Each kit contains a beginning action song to settle the children down. It is the same song for each kit, so the children will get used to settling down when they sing the song and do the actions.
     
  4. The puppets are interchangeable between stories. The kit is designed for the children to hold the puppets and do the actions while the librarian reads the story.
     
  5. Each kit contains directions to make a sock puppet. The puppet can be created to match the theme of the kit. For example, a dinosaur sock puppet could be created for use with the dinosaur kit. This could be made at the beginning of the unit. As there are not enough puppets for each child, the remaining children could use the sock puppets for the story actions. That way, each child has something to hold.
     
  6. Each book has a song or rhyme dedicated to it. This could be used either before or after the story. They do not have to be used if the librarian chooses not to.
     
  7. Each book has a craft that goes with it. We have included the instructions for the craft and the list of materials needed for the craft. Where possible, we have included templates and a picture of the completed craft.
     
  8. We have also included a section called “Other Activities” which includes story sequencing pages (Beginning, Middle, End). The children could use their comprehension skills to draw a picture of either the beginning, middle or end of the story, or all three. We have also included coloring pages.
     
  9. Please do not remove the printed pages from the plastic inserts. Please take the plastic insert out of the binder and photocopy the required page or pages through the plastic. Then put the plastic inserts back in the appropriate spot in the binder.

    EXCEPTION: The coloring pages are all included in one plastic insert. You may remove the printed coloring pages from the plastic insert, photocopy them, put them back into the plastic insert, and then put the plastic insert back into the binder.
     

  10. Each binder contains a list of websites and books that we used to find the crafts, songs and rhymes. It also contains a sharing journal where librarians can add their ideas to the kits and an evaluation form. These can be photocopied and inserted behind the master sheets in the appropriate plastic inserts. We welcome your ideas.
Video Game Kits

The Nintendo Switch Kit is now available for member public libraries to borrow for up to three weeks in order to support in-library programming.

The kit includes the Nintendo Switch console, 2 pairs of Joy Con controllers, and 9 games: Overcooked! 2; Mario Maker; Super Mario Party; Just Dance 2019; Super Smash Bros Ultimate; Rocket League; Splatoon 2; 1-2-Switch; and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Video Game Kit Lending Policy
Nintendo Switch - Tips & Tricks
How to Set Up Switch - Instructions

To request the Nintendo Switch Kit, please email Barb at bjohnson@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca and reserve a spot on the list.