Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

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New Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfe

The Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Louise Bernice Halfe, from the Saddle Lake Reserve in central Alberta, is the first Indigenous person to become Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Halfe, whose Cree name means “Sky Dancer”, has published many works of poetry including Bear Bones and Feathers, Blue Marrow, The Crooked Good and Burning in This Midnight Dream.

Her most recent work, awâsis – kinky and disheveled, will be published this spring by Brick Books. This latest collection of poems features a gender fluid trickster from Cree legend who delights in shape shifting and raucous adventure. Her poems combine the sacred with the profane, boldly facing trauma with irreverence, and pain with humour.

Halfe, a survivor of the Blue Quills Residential School, seeks to revitalize the Cree language and traditions through her work. She has transformed her suffering into inspiration through the alchemy of poetry, and in doing so, contributes to the truth and reconciliation process. Halfe uses her gift with words to educate and encourage all Canadians to engage in the process of Reconciliation, focusing on shared experiences and respect for all cultures. 

New Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfeby sonja_library

Cree poet and residential school survivor inspires with original work