Special Collections for Member Libraries

More Than Books
The collection in TRAC is much more than books! Complementing our traditional selection of over 3 million movies, books and audiobooks are items such as walking poles, pedometers, crocheting kits, knitting kits and even a pasta machine! View everything on our "More than books" Pinterest board:

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Alberta Parks Adventure Packs
Heading off to the Foothills, Kananaskis or Mountains for some family fun? Thanks to Alberta Parks, five Marigold libraries are the lucky recipients of Explorer Packs. The packs include a variety of activities, guides, equipment like magnifying glasses and binoculars, and safety information to help people explore nature using their senses, answer questions they have about what they see or experience, and learn how to play safe in the mountains. There are lots of fun family activities like scavenger hunts and beautiful animal and flower identification guides in the packs. Visit www.albertaparks.ca to plan your visit.
 
Patrons can check out the backpacks if they are visiting the Canmore, Okotoks, Sheep River, Bighorn/Exshaw and Banff areas (dependent on availability). To place a hold on a backpack for pickup at one of these locations, speak to your local library or call these libraries — Canmore Public Library, Okotoks Public Library, Sheep River Library, Bighorn Library, Banff Public Library. The backpacks must be checked out and returned in person at the library you borrow the backpack from.


World Language Resources FYI
Librarians, please contact your consultant if you have questions. The following resources may be of interest:

The International Children's Digital Library is an online library of multilingual and bilingual children's books. This may be a useful source of additional reading materials in your library or to patrons with internet access at home.
 
Children's Books Forever is a collection of children's books in Arfikaans, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish available as PDF files. These are free to read and use for non-commercial purposes.
 
Washington Learning Systems "On-the-Go Resources" are free, reproducible language and early literacy activities. Fourteen home and community activities show how to promote language, and early literacy during everyday activities. Languages include Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali, Russian, and Burmese.
 
Visit the Goethe-Institut Library website for access to more German books and videos. The Goethe-Institut is located in Toronto.