Blocks

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 Barbara Johnson at bjohnson@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca or Duncan Lotoski at dlotoski@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca

Borrowing Procedures

Borrowing Procedures

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

  • 1 request per form

Submitted forms will be sent to Barb (bjohnson@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca) and Duncan (dlotoski@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca).

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. 

Book Blocks

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.

DAISY Reader

4 DAISY Readers are available for member libraries to borrow. 

PLS DAISY Reader Block #1

PLS DAISY Reader Block #2

PLS DAISY Reader Block #3

PLS DAISY Reader Block #4

Large Print Books

57 total blocks. Large print titles for adult and senior patrons.

PLS LP Mixed Block #216

PLS LP Mixed Block #217

PLS LP Mixed Block #218

PLS LP Mixed Block #219

PLS LP Mixed Block #220

PLS LP Mixed Block #221

PLS LP Mystery Block #317

PLS LP Mystery Block #318

PLS LP Mystery Block #319

PLS LP Mystery Block #320

(Cozy)

PLS LP Romance Block #516

PLS LP Romance Block #517

PLS LP Romance Block #518

PLS LP Romance Block #519

n/a

PLS LP Western Block #618

PLS LP Western Block #619

PLS LP Western Block #620

PLS LP Western Block #621

PLS LP Western Block #622

PLS LP Western Block #623

PLS LP Western Block #624

PLS LP Western Block #625

PLS LP Western Block #626

PLS LP Western Block #627

PLS LP Western Block #628

PLS LP Western Block #629

PLS LP Western Block #630

PLS LP Western Block #631

PLS LP Western Block #632

PLS LP Western Block #633

PLS LP Western Block #634

PLS LP Western Block #635

PLS LP Western Block #636

PLS LP Western Block #637

PLS LP Western Block #638

PLS LP Western Block #639

PLS LP Western Block #640

PLS LP Western Block #641

PLS LP Western Block #642

PLS LP Western Block #643

PLS LP Western Block #644

PLS LP Western Block #645

PLS LP Western Block #646

PLS LP Western Block #647

PLS LP Western Block #648

PLS LP Western Block #649

PLS LP Western Block #650

PLS LP Western Block #651

PLS LP Western Block #652

PLS LP Western Block #653

PLS LP Western Block #654

PLS LP Western Block #655

PLS LP Western Block #656

PLS LP Western Block #657

PLS LP Western Block #658

PLS LP Western Block #659

Large Print Book Blocks

Polaris Procedures

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 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:

Book Club Kit 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
Book Club Kits

Additional Information

  1. The Loan Period for each kit is 28 days. They may be renewed twice for a 28 day period.
  2. Each kit will consist of 15 copies of the title, a binder with a sign-out sheet, and potential discussion questions.
  3. When you receive the kit, please check that all items are included.
  4. Before returning the kit, please check that all items are included.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

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.

Current Blocks

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. 

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. 

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. 

PLS Read Alberta Block #7

PLS Read Alberta Block #8

PLS Read Alberta Block #9

Read Alberta Book Blocks
Additional Information

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

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.

Return It:

Return display materials to Peace Library System on or before the due date.