ASSOCIATES (2022, March, v. 28, no. 3)


News from Canada

Greetings, everyone. I hope this submission finds you, your family, friends and colleagues doing well and staying safe and healthy.

As of today (March 27), the main topic of conversation is the Russia-Ukraine crisis (a.k.a. the Russia-Ukraine war; the conflict in Ukraine; etc.). Everything else pales in comparison.

Refocusing on libraries, one thing that cropped up south of the 49th was the decision by a Tennessee school district to ban Art Spiegelman’s Maus. According to new reports, a group of local citizens are contesting the board’s decision, stating that it didn’t follow the current policy prior during the process. Meeting minutes are available to read here.

I’ve attempted to be more critical with the following selections, cherry picking from among the crème de la crème as it were. Admittedly, it was quite trying having to ask various Canadian media outlets to stop publishing so many library-themed articles, but it appears they’ve acceded. Thank goodness for that.

Wishing you all continued health and wellness.

Yours from Canada,
Andrew Plait
Library Assistant II, Medicine Hat Public Library
He / Him / His & They / Them in Solidarity

Canadian Public Libraries

Note: Attempts were made to find library-related news for each province and territory. The headings remain for future reference regardless of whether or not news was found for the current submission.

To search for library-specific / library-related articles, I typically use Google News with the following search terms:

library OR libraries
“Name of Province”

Alternate methods or suggestions are always welcome!


1) Edmonton lays claim to world’s first NFT book, written by Todd Babiak and donated to the EPL (March 22, 2022)
2) Historical diorama in pop-up museum at the library (February 25, 2022)

British Columbia

1) Fine Day is sharing her culture at the Vancouver Public Library and that is medicine (Feb 8, 2022)
2) FSJ public library: A look back through 72 years (March 20, 2022)
3) Here are the Vancouver Public Library’s most-borrowed books of 2021 (Dec 28, 2021)
4) Library volunteer program aiming to give immigrants a sense of belonging expands across B.C. (Feb 15, 2022)
5) Libraries in B.C. Interior add radon detector kits to catalogue (Feb 9, 2022)
6) North Shore libraries celebrate Lunar New Year with music and events (Feb 1, 2022)


1) Libraries in St. Pierre and St. Malo face the threat of closing (March 4, 2022)
2) Time to Read book club podcast hits 50 episodes (March 4, 2022)

New Brunswick

1) Libraries Collect Poems (March 8, 2022)

Newfoundland & Labrador (apologies!)
Northwest Territories (apologies!)
Nova Scotia (apologies!)
Nunavut (apologies!)


1) Do libraries need social workers on staff? Some librarians say yes (March 16, 2022)
2) Library Book Bike to hit the road in late spring (March 18, 2022)
3) Library relaunches youth literacy comics class (March 22, 2022)
4) Toronto Public Library to shut branches, zoo to close as city prepares for mass staff absences due to COVID-19 (Jan 4, 2022)

Prince Edward Island (apologies!)
Quebec (apologies!)


1) Metis Month of March at the library (March 4, 2022)
2) Saskatchewan announces five-year collaborative plan for public libraries (December 14, 2021)

Yukon (apologies!)

Other Canadian Library-Related News, Columns and Articles of Interest*

1) Black community group donates books to schools, libraries in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. (Feb 27, 2022)
2) Decolonizing your grown-up bookshelf (March 27, 2022)
3) Dropped mask mandates: Public-facing workers face hostility, health risks (March 21, 2022)
4) February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month (Feb 1, 2022)
5) HERstory: Remembering Female Pioneers at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library (March 27, 2022)
6) History Hunter: Exploring Yukon’s Hidden Histories (March 6, 2022)
7) Ida Linehan Young’s The Stolen Ones wins N.L. Reads (March 2, 2022)
       a) Martin Jones wants you to read “The Stolen Ones” (January 21, 2022)
8) Innovative digitization toolkit preserves Indigenous history (n.d.)
9) Regina’s Dunlop Gallery and public libraries taking part in Black History Month (Feb 22, 2022)
10) This student wants to create a library and cultural space for Vancouver’s Black community (Feb 14, 2022)