The Township of South Algonquin Public Library
The Township of South Algonquin is seeking applications for Library Board Trustees for the Township of South Algonquin Public Library.
Are you interested in joining a dedicated group of volunteers who are working hard to ensure that our local libraries are growing and servicing residents effectively?
Do you have 3 – 6 hours per month that you can commit to the library?
To be a volunteer on a public library board in Ontario and in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, to qualify, an applicant must be:
- must be a Canadian citizen
- at least eighteen years of age
- a resident of the Township of South Algonquin
- not employed by the Township or the Library
- not convicted of an indictable offence
As per the Ontario Public Library Act, the term of the Library Board is concurrent with the 4-year term of the municipal council. Appointment to the Library Board is determined by the incoming Council.
The key responsibilities for Trustees are governance, policy, programming, and fiscal matters. Potential candidates should have management, planning, fundraising and/or financial experience. Computer skills are a definite asset. Our meetings are a hybrid of in person and zoom and we use Google drive for all documents sharing.
Interested individuals are invited to apply for this volunteer position in writing to the undersigned no later than November 25th at 3:00 pm.
Charlene Alexander CEO/Head Librarian
33 Medical Centre Rd., P.O. Box 208, Whitney, ON K0J 2M0
Author Talk & Self-Publishing discussion with Robert Bockstael. Featuring his debut novel Willow’s Run.
Sunday October 30th – 1pm – Lester Smith Recreation Centre – 32 Hay Creek Rd. Whitney, On
This is a free program, hosted by The Township of South Algonquin Public Library
I am an author/actor/librarian. Lots of folks will remember me as Cpl. Brian Fletcher on the popular TV series North of 60.
About Willow’s Run: A woman on the run from her sadistic husband in a stolen million-dollar motor home is trapped in a small town.
This debut novel gives new meaning to the phrase ‘strong female protagonist’ and guarantees to satisfy anyone looking for action, mystery, and unforgettable characters.
Meet Alcima ‘The Willow’ Willoughby. Olympic volleyball player. Six foot six in socks. After a crippling injury on the volleyball court causes the U.S. to lose gold at Beijing, Alcima’s life spirals into addiction and an abusive marriage. In a rare moment of clarity, she escapes. In his two-million-dollar RV.
Almost across the country and out of his grasp, Alcima is stopped for a minor traffic infraction. When she pulls off the road, the massive motorhome rolls over, setting off a chain of events that conspire to trap Alcima in a nearby small town during a week of violent rainstorms.
Holed up in an abandoned campground, hunger forces Alcima to venture out, where she meets a local librarian, Booker Thompson. Attracted by Alcima’s fearless nature and offbeat humor, Booker enlists a few of his close friends to help her hide from the dangerous man hot on her trail. Booker leads Alcima on a harrowing journey to his secluded island, where they tumble into an intense affair. But she soon discovers an even worse fate than being found by her revenge obsessed husband. Uncovering long buried secrets about the town – and Booker – she is inexorably drawn down into a terrifying subterranean world where she comes face to face with her fears and her one, tragic physical flaw. When she is betrayed, there is only one thing she can do.
We are excited to announce that our library has received this mini-grant for decodable books. These funds have been used to purchase a starter collection of decodable books at both branches.
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
- Public Survey 2022: Update August 12th: The camp chair winners are: Madawaska – Gina Hildebrandt Whitney – Kim Sutherland
- To ensure the Library can best serve our communities, we would appreciate you taking a few moments to answer this survey. All questions are optional. Print copies are available at the Library. Electronic Version: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JNvzLTS1MumHboMkRf5XpM1Qm3OC6HNCo5NkHDIp7Ec/edit
- Both branches are open on Saturdays 10 am -2 pm.
- Past Events:
- **Author Book Talk** Kevin Callan will be discussing his book “Once Around Algonquin” Free public event – May 18th 2022, 7pm Madawaska Hall: 26 A Major Lake Rd. Madawaska, Ontario
Kevin (aka The Happy Camper) is the author of 18 books; his latest being Once Around Algonquin: An Epic Canoe Journey. He is an award-winning writer and a keynote speaker at outdoor events across North America. Kevin is also a regular guest on several television morning shows and CBC Radio. He has won several film awards, writes a column for Paddling Magazine and Explore Magazine. Kevin was listed one of the top 100 modern day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society. He was also made Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada. Check out his web site at www.kevincallan.com and YouTube channel KCHappyCamper.
The Township of South Algonquin Library has two locations:
Tuesday 10 am – 3 pm, Thursday 12 pm -7 pm, and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Wi-Fi available 24/7
Use Interlibrary Loan to request books, or other material that South Algonquin Public Library doesn’t have in its collections.
Types of materials you can request
- You can request any type of item, depending on availability and the policies of the lending library, but in general, DVDs, CDs, and other audiovisual materials are not available for interlibrary loan.
Types of materials you can’t request
- Items with circulating copies in Township of South Algonquin Public Library
- Material published in the last 12 months
- Rare and fragile material, original manuscripts
- Reference material
- Newspapers and magazines
- eBooks, eAudiobooks, online resources
Making a request
A valid Township of South Algonquin Public Library card is required to make an interlibrary loan request. Requests can be made in person, by phone or by email.
The Importance of Interlibrary
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Interlibrary loan is essential to the vitality of libraries of all types and sizes and is a means by which a wider range of materials can be made available to users. In the interests of providing quality service, libraries have an obligation to obtain materials to meet the informational needs of users when local resources do not meet those needs. Interlibrary loan is the process by which a library requests materials from or supplies materials to another library. The sole purpose of interlibrary loan is to obtain, upon request of a library patron, materials not available in the user’s local library. We live in an age of expanding information, growing technology for sharing that information, and ever-increasing demands for academic endeavor.
The interlibrary loan is an important service because individual libraries agree to share their collections and to supply materials on demand to another library for their patron use. The effectiveness of this resource sharing system depends largely upon the distribution of borrowing and lending. When a library is part of this loan-sharing program, those libraries should be willing to share their resource no matter what the size of their library is. This will make the impact of lending not so strenuous to each library if all libraries take on their part of loaning. This way there aren’t just a few libraries that are overwhelmed with requests. It should be a well-known fact that libraries must be willing to lend if they wish to borrow, that is what makes the whole success of interlibrary loans.
Both branches have 24/7, accessible book returns located at their exterior entrances.
As members of the Township of South Algonquin Public Library, you have free access to OverDrive ebooks.
- Download the Libby app from the Over Drive Website.
- Find your library by searching “South Algonquin Public Library.”
- Select a title to borrow from your library digital collection. You’ll need a valid library card to complete this step.
If you do not have a library card, you may request one via email. We will need your name, mailing address and street address, email and phone number.
Disclaimer: Curbside pick-up, staffing, phone hours and other services may change at any time. Updates will be posted locally and on social media platforms as developments occur.
Over Drive Website
Ontario Parks Passes
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library has partnered with Ontario Parks to loan annual day-use permits to their patrons. Ontario Parks is committed to making our provincial parks more accessible. This program is one way we are helping more Ontarians to get outside and enjoy their local provincial park.
- Loan Period: One week, no renewals. Each patron may borrow once per month.
- Lost Passes: If a permit goes missing, Ontario Parks will not provide replacements.
Patrons will be responsible for replacement costs ($225 plus a $5 processing fee)
Patrons must be at least 18 years of age and have their library accounts in good standing.
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library has partnered with Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and Ontario Power Generation to provide rod, reel and tackle at no cost to our patrons. Equipment is available for one week at a time.
Initiated by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and proudly sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, the TackleShare Program gives new and young anglers the opportunity to go fishing at no cost. There are many barriers to introducing new anglers to fishing on today’s waters. TackleShare removes these barriers by providing the equipment and knowledge to get them started. Participating anglers simply sign out a rod and reel, as well as an assortment of tackle in the same way that they would borrow library material.
Books and other materials are available for loan to all persons with a valid membership card.
Public libraries are required by law to adhere to the Public Libraries Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990, chapter P44 which states in Section 23 that library boards shall allow the public to reserve and borrow circulation material free of charge.
The public includes all residents within the municipality for which the library board is established. Persons residing outside the area but owning property, working in, or attending schools in the area, shall be considered residents.
Library access is available to persons other than property owners, on the terms described below.
Library membership is free to residents of, and property owners in, the Township of South Algonquin.
Residents 12 years of age and under will be registered as junior members of South Algonquin Public Library. Parents or Guardians must co-sign the membership to acknowledge responsibility for use of library services and borrowed materials. Junior membership allows use of all aspects of the library’s collections and services.
Persons who do not reside, or own property, in the Township may obtain a library card for an annual, non-refundable fee.
Membership shall be granted to persons residing in the Township of South Algonquin on a temporary, seasonal or holiday basis. Both the temporary and the permanent address will be recorded in the library files. A fee will be collected, the amount of which will be equal to that of the Out-of-Township membership fee.
Annual fees for non-residents shall be set from time to time by the library board. Temporary/Out of town membership fees are now set at $10 for 3 months or $30 for the year. According to key ratio statistics from 2014, the per household contribution to the Library was $30 per year. This is a standard formula that many Ontario Libraries use to determine temporary fees.
Indigenous Awareness and Respect Policy
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library understands the need to recognize and embrace the principles of Truth and Reconciliation with Ontario’s Indigenous population, as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.
Section 1: Declaration
With this understanding, the Township of South Algonquin Public Library acknowledges the First Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work. We believe that acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Indigenous Peoples, both in the past and the present. We believe that recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations and are key to reconciliation.
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library will use this Acknowledgement Declaration at the beginning of all meetings held at the library.
We acknowledge that we are gathered on the unceded traditional territory of the Omaamiwininii Anishinaabeg (the Algonquin people). We acknowledge that the Algonquin people have been stewards of this land since time immemorial and as such we treat the land, its plants, animals, stories and people with honour and respect. Today, this land is home to Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, as well as many non-Indigenous peoples, and we acknowledge the shared opportunity to live and work within this beautiful territory.
Section 2: CollectionTownship of South Algonquin Public Library will provide collections relating to Indigenous cultures, languages, and peoples, including books, audio and video materials. Our collection will include titles by and about First Nation communities.
Section 3: ServicesTownship of South Algonquin Public Library will provide welcoming spaces and library services to Indigenous peoples, and share elements of First Nations culture with non-Indigenous persons.
Statement of Authority
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library operates under the authority of the Public Libraries Act and is established in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990 P.44. The library is under the management and control of the Township of South Algonquin Public Library Board which is a committee of the Council of the Township of South Algonquin.
The Board recognizes that the Act sets out procedures for the appointment of members of the Board, the number and qualification of members, terms of membership, disqualification of members, and vacancies on the Board.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Agenda | Regular Meeting of The Board – February 8th, 2021 2021-02-08
Minutes | Regular Meeting of The Board – February 8th, 2021 2021-02-08
Agenda | Regular Meeting of The Board – March 8th, 2021 2021-03-08
Minutes | Regular Meeting of The Board – March 8th, 2021 2021-03-08
Agenda | Regular Meeting of The Board – April 6th, 2021 2021-04-06
Minutes | Regular Meeting of The Board – April 6th, 2021 2021-04-06
Agenda | Regular Meeting of The Board – May 3rd, 2021 2021-05-03
Minutes | Regular Meeting of The Board – May 3rd, 2021 2021-05-03
October 18, 2021 Library Minutes 2021-10-18
February 15, 2022 Library Minutes 2022-02-15
Free G1 Practice Test
This course is being offered to library patrons for free.
Valuing the resources from public libraries is something I personally respect, not only as a father of 4 kids who have used library resources for years but also as a former employee of the Hamilton Public Library years ago.
My name is Scott Marshall and I have spent almost 35 years as a professional road safety expert, training thousands of new drivers across Canada. I was also a judge on Discovery Canada’s Worst Driver during their first 3 seasons and have done countless interviews in print, radio, and television over the years. I live and breathe road safety.
I’m the Director of Training at Trubicars.ca and we have put together an amazing G1 course. We normally sell this, but we will offer this to the library for FREE. The course will help people prepare for their G1 knowledge test. The course is highly engaging and all the information is taken from MTO Drivers Handbook.