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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests: Please place your request no later than two days prior to your van run day.
Please Note: Should a book be declared lost or ruined beyond repair, it is your library's responsibility to reimburse PLS.
Rotating blocks of audio books and large print books are available for PLS member libraries for a 6-month loan period. Seasonal blocks include Christmas, Easter, and Halloween themes that are available for a 3-month loan period.
To request a block, email Barbara Johnson at email@example.com. Please place your request no later than two days prior to your van run day. 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.
Seasonal books – These blocks are a perfect way to augment your library Holiday collection! Fiction and Non-fiction titles to suit all ages. Christmas theme - 25 blocks with 25 items per block. Easter theme – 2 blocks with 25 items. Halloween theme – 2 blocks with 25 items. Be sure to request in advance as these blocks are very popular!
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.
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:
Procedures for Borrowing and Returning the Book Club Kits
Procedure for Using the Book Club Kits
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. Please place your request no later than two days prior to your van run day.
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:
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.
Contact Peace Library System at 780-538-4656.
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):
Storytime Kit Themes (ages 2-3):
(Including 8 English/French bilingual kits)
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.
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.
To request the Nintendo Switch Kit, please email Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve a spot on the list. Please place your request no later than two days prior to your van run day.
The Oculus Quest VR Kit will be available for member public libraries starting Fall 2021 to borrow for up to three weeks in order to support in-library programming.
The kit includes 1 Oculus Quest VR headset, 2 controllers, and cleaning supplies along with 17 games: Beat Saber (and BTS, Timbaland, and Linkin Park expansion packs), Sports Scramble, Angry Birds, Vacation Simulator, Mini Motor Racing, Ocean Rift, Tsuro, I Expect You to Die, Eleven Table Tennis, The Climb, Please Don't Touch Anything, OhShape, Tilt Brush, Acron: Attack of the Squirrels!, The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets, Tetris, Job Simulator.
To request the Oculus Quest VR Kit, please email Barb at email@example.com and reserve a spot on the list. Please place your request no later than 2 days prior to your van run day.