2013 Centennial Celebration

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2013 marked Saskatoon Public Library’s (SPL) proud celebration of 100 years serving the literacy, information and entertainment needs of our great city!

SPL recognized its growth from modest beginnings as a small reading room to a flourishing organization serving the community with eight locations. Throughout the year we invited everyone to learn about SPL’s vivid history and take advantage of the many celebratory programs and events held to commemorate the momentous occasion.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in helping to celebrate our centennial!

In 1913, Saskatoon Public Library opened as a modest reading room in the basement of the Oddfellows Hall on 21st St E. There were two employees, Chief Librarian David Murray and assistant Essie O’Dowd, serving a population of 12,000 people. In the century to follow, the Library adapted and evolved and expanded to eight branches and more than 250 employees providing impressive service to a city of almost a quarter of a million.

Memories of those 100 years are captured in this special centennial exhibit from Local History. The exhibit features sections devoted to the eras of the Library’s seven directors and various branches. The show provides just a glimpse of the people and services that have created the rich tapestry of the past 100 years. It reveals a dynamic, evolving and vital institution to the people of Saskatoon.

View the Slideshow.

Book Cover on Easel (SPL photo)Get your copy today!

Only $29.95 plus GST.

Available Here:

  • Contact Della at 306.975.7528 or d.kurulak@saskatoonlibrary.ca
  • Stop by the Administration office between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, on the second level of Frances Morrison Central 
  • Stop by Local History during operating hours
  • Also at many local retailers

 

Turning Back the Pages is one of Saskatoon Public Library's (SPL's) most exciting and enduring centennial projects. Author, historian, librarian and former head of Local History, Ruth Millar, writes this lively and compelling account of the library's past. The book focuses on SPL's history and features a chapter for each of the seven chief librarians, highlighting the key events that unfold during their tenure. Millar tells this vivid history through photographs and archival information.

Turning Back the Pages is funded through a combination of library funds, donations and book sales and was designed and published by Coteau Books.

Book Launch

Author Ruth Millar (SPL photo)Thank you to everyone who came out to our book launch on Thursday, November 7 for an evening of drama as scenes were re-enacted from the book and we celebrated the challenges, victories, the quiet efficiencies, and most of all the amazing people—staff, board and patrons—who have given SPL the remarkable century we have had. 

Special thanks go to Yvette Nolan, playwright, director and dramaturg, for directing the theatrical segment.

Check out photos from the evening on flickr and see the video that kicked off the evening here.

Related Links

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A Century of Growth, Change and Service
Pages from the Past
Bringing the Library to Rural Saskatchewan

Where is your favourite place to read? Is it in the bath? In Kinsmen Park? At a library branch? SPL is celebrating 100 years of serving our great city. Help us celebrate by sharing your favourite places to read in Saskatoon.

In July and August tell us your five favourite places to read and we will add them to our list. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter (@stoonlibrary using #spl100fav), by email, or fill out an entry form in person at any library location. Participants will be entered to win one of four $100 gift certificates from McNally Robinson.

Here below is a  map of unique places to read around the city. We’ll reveal the complete list on September 8, International Literacy Day. Perhaps you’ll find a new favourite place to read!

Saskatonians Love to Read in These Places!

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PJ the Library Pelican’s got his favourites!

stylized images of popular kids' books

During the month of September 2013 we asked you to give us a list of your 5 favourite books for Kids. We have put all of your choices together to create this list of the Top 100 Favourite Books for Kids.

 

1

Harry Potter (Series)

J. K. Rowling

2

Love You Forever

Robert Munsch

3

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney

4

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead

5

Berenstain Bears (Series)

Stan and Jan Berenstain

6

Dork Diaries (Series)

Rachel Renee Russell

7

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown

8

Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss

9

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

10

Geronimo Stilton (series)

Geronimo Stilton

11

Percy Jackson (series)

Rick Riordan

12

Captain Underpants (Series)

Dav Pilkey

13

Rainbow Magic Fairies (Series)

Daisy Meadows

14

Garfield (Series)

Jim Davis

15

The Kissing Hand

Audrey Penn

16

Oh, The Places You'll Go

Dr. Seuss

17

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

18

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

19

Are you my mother

P. D. Eastman

20

The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss

21

Dear Dumb Diary (Series)

Jim Benton

22

Goosebumps (series)

R.L. Stine

23

Warriors (series)

Erin Hunter

24

Thea Stilton (series)

Geronimo Stilton

25

Curious George (series)

H. A. Rey and others 

26

Caillou (Series)

Various (based on books by Christine L'Heureux)

27

Charlie Bone (Children of the Red King series)

Jenny Nimmo

28

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein

29

Go Dog Go

P. D. Eastman

30

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Crockett, Johnson

31

Magic Tree House

Mary Pope Osborne

32

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Beverly Cleary

33

Robert Munsch books

Robert Munsch

34

The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams

35

Nancy Drew (series)

Caroline Keene

36

Archie Comics

Various

37

Barnyard Dance

Sandra Boynton

38

Big Nate (Series)

Lincoln Peirce

39

Binky the Space Cat

Ashley Spires

40

Bone (series)

Jeff Smith

41

The BoxCar Children (Series)

Gertrude Chandler Warner

42

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin

43

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Bill Martin

44

Clifford the Big Red Dog (Series)

Norman Bridwell

45

Dora The Explorer (Series)

Various

46

Dr. Seuss books

Dr. Seuss

47

Fancy Nancy (Series)

Jane O'Connor

48

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

49

I Spy (Series)

Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo

50

Ivy and Bean (series)

Annie Barrows

51

Junie B Jones (series)

Barbara Park

52

Lego books

Various

53

Mr. Silly

Roger Hargreaves

54

Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch

55

Pete the Cat

Eric Litwin

56

Scaredy Squirrel

Melanie Watt

57

Silverwing (series)

Kenneth Oppel

58

Smile

Raina Telgemeier

59

Snuggle Puppy

Sandra Boynton

60

Something from Nothing

Phoebe Gilman

61

Spot (Series)

Eric Hill

62

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein

63

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Frank Baum

64

Elephant and Piggy

Mo Willems

65

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Dr. Seuss

66

Amelia Bedelia (Series)

Peggy Parish

67

Frances (Series)

Russell Hoban

68

Frog and Toad

Arnold Lobel

69

Pinkalicious (Series)

Victoria Kann

70

Pokemon (Series)

Various

71

Anne of Green Gables (Series)

L.M. Montgomery

72

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Judy Blume

73

Babymouse (Series)

Jennifer Holm

74

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

75

But No Elephants

Jerry Smath

76

Caps for Sale

Esphyr Slobodkina

77

Caribou Song

Thomson Highway

78

Corduroy

Don Freeman

79

The Dark is Rising (Series)

S. Cooper

80

Five Little Monkeys (Series)

Eileen Christelow

81

Flat Stanley (Series)

Jeff Brown

82

Franklin (Series)

Paulette Bourgeois

83

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney

84

Hardy Boys (Series)

Franklin W Dixon

85

Harry the Dirty Dog (Series)

Gene Zion

86

Heroes of Olympus (Series)

Rick Riordan

87

The Magic School Bus (Series)

Joanna Cole

88

Mama, Do you love me?

Barbara Joosse

89

Moo, Baa, La, La, La

Sandra Boynton

90

The Ranger's Apprentice (Series)

John Flanagan

91

Red is Best

Kathy Stinson

92

This Can't be Happening at MacDonald Hall

Gordon Korman

93

Click, Clack, Moo (Series)

Doreen Cronin

94

Winnie the Pooh (Series)

A.A. Milne

95

Ramona (Series)

Beverly Cleary

96

Star Wars (Series)

Various

97

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

98

David's Father

Robert Munsch

99

Hockey Sweater

Roch Carrier

100

The Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett