SLA coordinates, plans and organizes a number of programs for its members throughout the year. These programs help SLA to fulfill its vision of building an engaged library and information community that is an active force in Saskatchewan’s social, economic and cultural development.
One Book One Province
One Book One Province aims to increase literacy and to create a reading culture by providing opportunities for residents to become more socially engaged in their community through a shared story. This program encourages Saskatchewan’s social, economic and cultural development while supporting libraries and collaboration.
Saskatchewan Book Awards Gala
SLA is hosting the 30th anniversary Saskatchewan Book Awards Gala in conjunction with its 2023 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference. The gala will be held the evening of May 4, and tickets are now available for purchase!
Generously sponsored by SaskTel for several years, SLA provides grant funding for the Children’s Storytelling and Performer tours in the eight public library systems and three municipal libraries in the province. The tours supplement the many activities in public libraries over the summer that encourage and support literacy in children.
Saskatchewan Library Week
Saskatchewan Library Week is a province-wide, annual event that promotes the wonderful resources and services that libraries have to offer. This week-long event is held the third week in October each year. SLA offers a number of grants to member libraries planning special events or programs during Saskatchewan Library Week.
Freedom to Read Week
Freedom to Read Week is an annual, national event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Family Literacy Day
Family Literacy Day takes place each year in January. SLA supports libraries as they deliver Family Literacy Day programming through program grants and offering a free literacy-oriented webinar for SLA members.
Prison Library Sub-Committee
SLA established the Prison Library Sub-Committee in 2021 to address the deficit of reading materials available to incarcerated youths and adults in Saskatchewan’s correctional facilities. This committee is currently partnered with two correctional facilities and is providing incarcerated people at these facilities with reading materials through regular book drop-offs.
Book Spine Poetry Contest
Each fall, the Saskatchewan Library Association hosts the Book Spine Poetry Contest. Submissions are accepted in four different age categories, spanning age 5 to adult. The winner in each category receives a $100 Indigo gift card!
Culture Days is national event that raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Each year, SLA offers a number of grants to member libraries to put on Culture Days programming.