Welcome to your Library
For over a century, SPL has evolved to meet the needs of the city we call home. As Saskatoon has grown, we have changed too, becoming the network of branches we are today.
Keeping pace with the needs of our growing city continues to be our focus. How and where we provide programs and services is important. As new neighbourhoods are added, citizens' needs and expectations change and our community becomes more diverse.
Wider trends are also shaping our plans. Libraries across North America are evolving into dynamic community spaces. More than stacks and reading nooks, today's libraries are vibrant people places that promote learning, creativity, conversation and community building.
Together, we have an opportunity to reimagine our Library in a new light and modernize our system for a new generation of citizens.
We will appreciate hearing from you as we embark on this transition and write the next chapter in the history of our Library and its service to Saskatoon.
Saskatoon Public Library Board Governance
Saskatoon Public Library is governed by a volunteer library board and the Public Libraries Act, 1996. Membership appointments to the board are made by City Council. The Saskatoon Public Library Board follows the Board Bylaws in their conduct.
City residents interested in applying to sit on the board can find more information by visiting the City of Saskatoon website.
City residents interested in submitting a topic to discuss at the next board meeting can fill out a Request to Make a Deputation.
Candice Grant, Chair
Candice Grant was raised in Biggar, Saskatchewan and has resided in Saskatoon for the past ten years. She attended the University of Saskatchewan, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 and a Bachelor of Laws in 2008. Candice is a lawyer with Robertson Stromberg LLP in Saskatoon, with a focus on municipal and employment law.
Candice's dedication to her community is evident in her many volunteer commitments. She is currently the chairperson of CHEP Good Food Inc., a community organization committed to ensuring access to healthy food for all. She is also the president of the School Community Council at Dundonald School, and volunteers as a lawyer-supervisor with Pro Bono Students Canada. This is Candice's second term on the Saskatoon Public Library Board.
Lisa Erickson, Vice Chair
Lisa Erickson lives in the resilient community of Westmount in Saskatoon and works for the University of Saskatchewan as the Manager of Community Engagement at Station 20 West. Previously, Lisa served as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network. In 2013 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for working to improve literacy and skill level of Canadians.
Lisa was lucky to be introduced to her small town library as a young child and welcomed in the library as a teenager. This instilled an unshakeable "library habit" that she actively cultivates in her young children who are weekly SPL visitors. Lisa's a champion for innovative, community-connected and culturally safe libraries through which literacies are nurtured, life-long learning is supported and community connections are strengthened.
Lisa hold a BA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Continuing Education with a Specialization in Workplace Learning from the University of Calgary. She's grateful for the most recent teachings she's received from Métis and First Nations knowledge keepers in Saskatoon.
Hillary Gough is the City Councillor for Ward 2 in Saskatoon. Raised in Saskatoon, she studied at the University of Saskatchewan and later the University of Manitoba where she achieved her M.A. Elected in October 2016, Hilary is honoured to represent the eight diverse neighbourhoods that make up Ward 2. She is passionate about health and equity and strives daily to understand better how we can all work together to support healthy community development.
Other appointments that Hillary holds as part of her role on Council are: member of the Standing Policy Committees on Planning, Development and Community Services, and Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services. She also holds membership on the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, the Saskatoon Accessibility Committee, the Ideas, Inc. Board of Directors, the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership Board, and the Board of the Riversdale Business Improvement District.
Hillary is proud to serve as a new member on the Saskatoon Public Library board. She is continually impressed by the diverse and growing services provided by the SPL and its dedicated and creative staff.
Beverley A. Brenna
Bev Brenna is a professor of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. Her research platform focuses on literacy and children’s literature, and she has ten published fiction books for young people. She holds a B.Ed., B.A., and M.Ed. from the U of S, and a Ph.D. from the U of A.
Her recent scholarly book Stories for Every Classroom (Canadian Scholars’ Press) interrogates from a social justice perspective contemporary Canadian children’s fiction about characters with exceptionalities. Inspiration for this text came from years of experience as a classroom and special education teacher where she noted gaps in available classroom resources.
Her current explorations involve the use of graphic novels as key elementary classroom resources. One of her realistic fiction titles, Wild Orchid, appears on CBC’s list of 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. The White Bicycle, also from the Wild Orchid series, was shortlisted for a 2013 Governor General’s Award. Bev is grateful for the many libraries that have supported her passion for reading and the teaching of reading. As a child, she regularly took the Number 4 bus to the Frances Morrison Central library, and when living in rural Saskatchewan benefited greatly from Wheatland Regional Library services. She has read in public libraries across Canada, England and Hawaii, and considers any library a home away from home.
Karen Harilstad is serving her third term on the Library Board. She has supported and volunteered with libraries since high school. She is currently employed with Federated Co-operatives Ltd. as the Saskatoon Region Finance Manager holding a CPA, CMA designation.
Karen has been an active volunteer over the past 35 years in communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. Activities include board appointments to such organizations as Boissevain Morton Regional Library, Family and Community Support Services, Community Policing, Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Victim Services, Lions Clubs and an appointment to an Advisory Committee for a Health Region. In Saskatoon she volunteers with the Downtown Lions Club, Lighthouse, Crisis Nursery, and local church.
She is proud to serve alongside the caring teams that work in the library branches in Saskatoon as well as her fellow board members. Their dedication to the people of Saskatoon is exemplary.
Sheena Greer has been passionate about words and literacy since she was a child. After she received her BA in English from the University of Saskatchewan, she decided to combine her love of language with the desire to help the community with a career in the social sector.
Sheena currently works as an independent consultant for charities and community organisations across the country. When she’s not working with nonprofits, she is quietly writing fiction, baking far too many treats for her four children, traveling with her husband and tending to an impossibly large garden.
Robyn Robertson is an Architect at ETTA: DESIGN OFFICE INC. in Saskatoon and is a co-founding member of the design collaborative OPEN. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Robyn has travelled extensively in North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Studying and living abroad in both France and Italy has influenced her understanding of culture, history and identity. Now back in her birthplace, she is actively involved in contributing to the dialogue of the local built environment. Having always seen the library as the cultural epicenter of a city, she hopes she can share, help grow and build upon an institution that has already generously shaped her.
This is Robyn's first term on the Saskatoon Public Library Board.
John Thronberg is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A (with Distinction) in English and Political Studies.
Born and raised on a small pet farm south of Moose Jaw, John has resided in Saskatoon for the past 25 years with the exception of a year spent teaching in Korea and several months spent working with the National Film Board in Montreal.
A passionate advocate of the arts, he has appeared on stage or behind the scenes with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the Fringe Festival, Troupe du Jour, Newman Players at St. Thomas More College and served on the board of Live Five Independent Theatre. John also helped organize the first Canadian Theatre Conference in Saskatoon back in 1998.
John has held key positions in several film and television productions in Saskatchewan including Crisis, the first feature film shot in Saskatoon; Wapos Bay Bay, a Gemini-award-winning animated television series; and A New Life in a New Land, a documentary mini-series about the Muslim experience in Canada. He also was on the organizing committee for NextFest, a film industry showcase in Saskatoon.
After spending almost a decade working with CBC Saskatoon, John is currently a producer on CTV Morning Live in Saskatoon where he juggles his time between covering breaking news and booking guests as diverse as Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, David Suzuki, and Rick Hansen along with musical acts like Tom Jackson, Big Sugar and Royal Wood.
He continues to promote education, social issues and the arts in the province. He is married and has two dogs who take up way too much of the bed.
Director of Libraries & CEO
Carol Cooley was appointed the Director of Libraries & CEO on June 1, 2015. Before assuming her new post, Carol was Manager of Adult & Information Services at SPL and before that, was Branch Head of Cliff Wright Branch. Prior to joining SPL, Carol was CEO of The Blue Mountains Public Library in Ontario, and Director of the Fort McMurray Public Library in Alberta.
Mayor Charlie Clark
Meetings start at 4 p.m. A December Board Meeting to be set at the call of the Chair, if required.
2018 Board Meeting dates TBD.
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