Edmonton lays off over 2,000 staff at city rec centres, public libraries due to COVID-19

The City of Edmonton’s Community and Recreation branch and Edmonton Public Library issued more than 2,000 layoff notices to employees Monday morning after extended closures were put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19. Interim city manager Adam Laughlin…

Publisher lifts limit on eBooks for libraries in light of novel coronavirus pandemic

Macmillan Publishers lifted the embargo it previously put in place limiting the number of titles for eBooks public libraries could buy due to the current health crisis. READ MORE: 79 mayors, U.S. Congress wade into publisher’s limit on eBooks for…

Edmonton rec centres to remain open for now; large events cancelled and COVID-19 task team created

The City of Edmonton announced Friday that public recreation centres would remain open for now but it is stopping all programs that involve large numbers of people. The city is cancelling all events with more than 250 people, in compliance…

Trio of Edmonton Métis librarians using podcast to share Indigenous stories

The start of any creative process can be intimidating, especially if, traditionally, your stories aren’t often shared. That’s why a trio of Métis librarians are using their expertise to encourage other Indigenous peoples to write, edit or publish their own…