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 as a single unit. For more information, please contact Duncan Lotoski at firstname.lastname@example.org
To place a request on a kit or block please:
1. Check the availability of preferred Kit/Block with the TRACKING SHEETS
2. Place your request, using this GOOGLE FORM
Submitted forms will be sent to Duncan (email@example.com).
You will receive a confirmation email with the confirmed lending dates and additional resources, specific to your request.
Checking In/Out through Polaris
Blocks: check in each item to change status from "in-transit" to "in" (Check the Polaris Procedures below)
Programming Kits: DO NOT check in items. Checking in/out of items is done at PLS HQ
Storytime Kits: DO NOT check in items. Checking in/out of items is done at PLS HQ
Please Note: Should a book be declared lost or ruined beyond repair, it is your library's responsibility to reimburse PLS.
Click HERE for a tutorial on the Blocks and Kits borrowing procedure.
March 9, 2023:
We are in the process of a refresh of the current PLS Book Block Collection. This includes weeding out a number of blocks and relabeling the ones that are staying to make the numbering and naming clear and consistent.
This change is taking place from March 13th-24th. Since we are changing the names of the blocks, we have created this google sheet with the new names for reference.
Blocks & titles on loan during this time will be relabeled once they arrive back to PLS HQ.
Thank you for your patience while we complete this exciting refresh!
Rotating blocks of books are available for PLS member libraries to borrow for a 6-month loan period. Seasonal blocks (Christmas, Easter, etc.) are available for a 3-month loan period.
4 DAISY Readers are available for member libraries to borrow.
(Diverse Fall / Winter Holidays)
(Diverse Spring / Summer Holidays)
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 4 Book Club Kits designed to help libraries looking for books by Indigenous authors. Each kit has multiple copies of the title along with a binder including potential discussion questions. The titles available and the procedures for borrowing/returning and using the kits are below:
Procedure for Using the Book Club Kits
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. Each block contains nominees and winners from WGA's Alberta Alberta Literary Awards and the BPAA's Alberta Book Publishing Awards
Your library will receive the display kit on your van run or in the mail (for mail-only libraries). The kit includes:
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.
Return display materials to Peace Library System on or before the due date.