News from Prince Edward Island

Trina O’Brien Leggott

Public Library Service

Wireless Available in all PLS Libraries

Prince Edward Island is the first province in Canada to offer wireless access in all public libraries. Islanders can log on to the wireless network at all 26 branches of the Prince Edward Island Public Library Service from their personal laptops or other portable devices with wireless capabilities. (See news release at

PLS Newsletter

The December 2011 issue of Public Library Service Newsletter is available at‑news.pdf.

One Book · One Island / Un livre · Une île

Louise Penny’s Still Life was the title chosen for our inaugural One Book · One Island / Un livre · Une île initiative. Here are a few of the numbers:

  • taking book club kits into account, about 600 readers made use of our print and audio, English and French copies of Still life;
  • upwards of 250 people attended one of the 15 or more library events to talk about Still life;
  • approximately 170 readers attended one of Louise’s three public library events;
  • library patrons bought or won One Book · One Island book bags ‑ great advertising for the campaign!; and
  • Friends of the Library groups at several locations provided refreshments and/or supplies for programs.

The title chosen for 2012 will be announced in the spring.

Grant Received by Confederation Centre Public Library

A new space within the Confederation Centre Public Library will create a welcoming area specifically for Island teenagers, thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. The Club has pledged $25,000 to create the space within the Confederation Centre Public Library. In addition, it will invest $5,000 annually over the next four years to purchase new library materials, including books, music and films, for teenagers. (See news release at

Staff Training

A half-day training session for front-line staff on Services for Seniors was held in November. Guest presenter was Catherine Freeze from the Seniors Secretariat.

An Occupational Heath and Safety Guide has been distributed to all locations. It was prepared by PLS staff and provides procedures for safely performing the many tasks we carry out every day. All staff are currently reviewing this important procedures manual. In conjunction with the manual, Occupational Health and Safety Manager Karen Thompson offered training to all staff in library ergonomics. As well, all staff received fire extinguisher training from staff of the Charlottetown Fire Department.

Staff News

Grace Dawson has been appointed to the temporary position of Literacy and Public Services Librarian for the period December 2011 to September 2012. Grace is replacing Rebecca Boulter, who is on maternity leave. Rebecca and her husband Ryan welcomed their first child, Vivian Ann, on December 4th.

Long-time employee Judi Hooper is retiring in January after more than 40 years service. Judi started her career while still a college student, working part-time at Confederation Centre Public Library. After graduation from UPEI, she worked in the then-Film Library (later known as the Media Centre). When the Media Centre collection and staff were integrated into Confederation Centre Public Library, Judi resumed working at the library where she began her career. Happy retirement, Judi!

French Services Librarian Jean‑François Savaria has accepted a position with the public library service of Quebec City as Librarian supervisor of the Des Rivières district. Jean-François started with the PLS in May 2006; his last day with us will be January 5, 2012.

Kathy MacEwen, branch technician at Souris Public Library, has been appointed to the temporary position of Library Assistant in Morell. Kathy is filling in for Ann McInnis, who in turn is filling in for Melanie Barlow during her maternity leave.

Sonja Mason has been appointed as branch technician at Breadalbane Public Library until January 10, 2012.

Linda Allain, French Language Cataloguing Technician at PLS Headquarters, has accepted a temporary assignment as Records Management Clerk with Finance and Municipal Affairs.

Cindy Harris has been appointed as branch technician at Souris Public Library for the duration of Kathy MacEwen's secondment to PLS Headquarters.

Lisa Newcombe has been appointed to the library assistant position at Summerside Rotary Library.