One eRead Canada Begins Soon

28 May 2019

Dawn Dumont’s Glass Beads to kick off national campaign to increase availability of e-materials

Strathmore, Alberta, May 28, 2019 - Marigold Library System is excited to announce the launch of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC)’s inaugural One eRead Canada campaign from June 3 to 30, 2019.

Participating Canadian public libraries will be offering free, unlimited access to the campaign’s first book, Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont, in eBook and eAudiobook format across digital content platforms. This book will be available to all library cardholders with no holds or waitlists.

One eRead Canada is the latest initiative undertaken by CULC/CBUC, which is striving to resolve the prohibitive costs and purchasing restrictions public libraries face related to eContent. Our recent eContent for Libraries campaign drew attention to major multinational publishers’ excessively high prices and restrictive purchasing models for eBooks and eAudiobooks. One eRead Canada and similar programs introduce readers and listeners to new titles and authors, positively impacting sales of digital content.

CULC/CBUC Chair Pilar Martinez is thrilled to announce the launch of the CULC/CBUC’s inaugural One eRead Canada campaign. “Improving library access to eContent is good for publishers, readers, and authors alike,” says Martinez.

The campaign’s inaugural book, Glass Beads by Saskatchewan-born Indigenous author, actor, and comedian Dawn Dumont is a collection of interconnected short stories, focussed on the lives of four First Nations people against a backdrop of two decades of political, social, and cultural change. With this selection, One eRead Canada also seeks to help foster national conversation around reconciliation, Indigenous experiences and the importance of #ownvoices stories.

Glass Beads’ publisher Thistledown Press is an independent Canadian publisher that is taking an active role in making eContent more accessible to the public, in partnership with public libraries.

“We appreciate independent publishers like Thistledown Press who are willing to collaborate with libraries on issues of eContent access and innovative initiatives like One eRead Canada. We’re asking multinational publishers to follow suit on behalf of Canadian readers by working directly with our libraries to make all titles available. Programs like one eRead Canada demonstrate the positive effect public libraries have on the publishing industry,” says Martinez.

Registration now open! MLW 2019

05 March 2019

Marigold welcomes all library staff and board members to attend the Marigold Member Libraries' Workshop!

The workshop will be held:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
1316 33 St NE, Calgary , AB
*see map

View the workshop package, including all session descriptions.

Register online at

Bus to Jasper: Alberta Library Conference 2019

22 January 2019

Join us for a fun and safe journey to ALC 2019!

COST: $210 return

-Pick up from Strathmore or Calgary
-Cost includes snacks and beverages served on the bus

Purchase your ticket today at


*Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure at each location for luggage tagging prior to boarding. If you are unable to meet the Charter at your designated pick up location, please call 403-934-5334.

1) Marigold Headquarters, 710 2nd Street, Strathmore - DEPARTURE 8:00am (please arrive by 7:30am)

Vehicles can be left in the Marigold parking lot (at your own risk).

2) Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre, 2120 16 Avenue NE, Calgary - DEPARTURE 8:55am (please arrive by 8:30am)

Vehicles can be left in the Clarion parking lot (at your own risk). Please park at extreme west side of the back parking lot. The manager of the Clarion has requested that anyone leaving their vehicle provide the vehicle make and model and license plate number in order to get a required parking pass. Please include the information in your registration or let Nora at Marigold Headquarters know and she will inform the manager.

3) Petro Canada Station at junction of Highways #1 and 22 - DEPARTURE 9:45am (please arrive by 9:25am)

Quick Stop. This stop is a convenient pick up for passengers from areas South and West of Calgary.

4) Banff - 1 hour

You may bring your own lunch which you can enjoy on the bus, dine in a restaurant that will accommodate the one hour stop, or feel free to enjoy the wonders of Banff.

5) Stop at Saskatchewan Crossing - 15 minute break

6) Arrival at Jasper Park Lodge - 3:30pm (approx.)

Riders who are on the rooming list for Marigold at the Jasper Park Lodge will have tagged their luggage with their names. JPL staff will come onto the bus to assign bags to rooms and will arrange for the transfer of these tagged pieces of luggage to delegates’ rooms. All other riders will need to arrange baggage transfers to their rooms at Jasper Park Lodge or make other arrangements for taking their baggage to alternate hotels in Jasper.


1) Jasper Park Lodge (Sunday, April 28) - 8:30am

For riders who arranged rooms at the Jasper Park Lodge through Marigold, please have luggage by hotel room door by 7:00 a.m. and JPL staff will take care of getting the luggage to the bus. All other riders please be at the bus by 8:15 a.m. The bus will depart from JPL at 8:30 a.m. 

2) Stop at Saskatchewan Crossing - 15 minute break

3) Banff - 1/2 hour

Time to grab a quick bite to eat and stretch the legs.

4) Petro Canada Station at junction of Highways #1 and 22

Quick stop to unload passengers

5) Clarion Hotel (Calgary) - 3:00pm

6) Marigold Headquarters (Strathmore) - 3:30pm (approx)

NOTE: there is a restroom on the bus and additional stops will be arranged for rest/stretch breaks.


Booking Inquiries:
Nora Ott, Administrative Assistant and HR Coordinator
Phone: 403-934-5334 or (toll free) 1-855-934-5334 | ext. 222

 Refund Policy

Please note that there will be no refunds given.

Lack of Availability, High Prices Stand in the Way of Open, Easy Access to eBooks and eAudiobooks for Canadian Readers at Public Libraries

14 January 2019

Canadian Public Libraries Call on Multinational Publishers to Make More Content Available

Wondering why more eBooks and eAudiobooks aren’t available to borrow? So are Canadian public libraries.

Demand for eAudiobooks is skyrocketing, but major multinational publishers aren’t making a number of best-selling titles available to Canadian public libraries, including some prominent Canadian and Indigenous works.

Another issue is excessively high prices and restrictive purchasing models for eAudiobooks and eBooks. Libraries lend digital copies just like physical books – on a one-to-one basis. But the prices public libraries pay for digital copies are exponentially higher.

“Public libraries are crucial to a vibrant publishing industry. We introduce Canadians to new titles and authors. We have significant purchasing power. These challenges are jeopardizing our ability to provide universal access to content in all its forms, including those who may not be able to visit a library branch or read print materials due to illness or disability,” said Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library. “We know Canadians love their libraries and care deeply about these issues, and are asking everyone to help us get this message across to major multinational publishers.”
The Canadian Urban Libraries Council is asking Canadians to help resolve these issues by demanding stronger #eContentForLibraries of major multinational publishers: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.

Fast facts

  • Digital content is the fastest growing area of borrowing for public libraries. Spending by Canada’s largest urban libraries increased by more than 45% since 2014 and continues to grow.
  • eAudiobook sales are increasing by double digits each year and, in the last three years, use at six of the largest Canadian public libraries grew by 82%
  • Overdrive, the leading provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks to libraries, reported a 24% increase in eAudiobook circulation in Canadian libraries from 2016 to 2017 alone

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council is a national library group dedicated to working collaboratively to build vibrant urban communities by strengthening the capacity of Canada’s urban libraries.  Our 45 member systems operate almost 700 points of access, and in 2017 were used by citizens more than 385,000,000 times.   They represent approximately 80% of the country’s public library activity.  They employ more than 12,000 Canadians; and purchase more than $100,000,000 of materials each year.  

For more information, please contact:

Laura Taylor, Deputy CEO
Marigold Library System
403.934.5334 ext. 242

Call for Proposals: MLW 2019

07 December 2018

The 2019 Marigold Member Libraries’ Workshop (MLW) will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Calgary, AB.
The theme of MLW 2019 is Waves of Change: Oceans of Opportunity
The MLW Planning Committee invites session proposals which may benefit, support, or inspire library staff and board members.
Possible session topics include:
•            Accessibility (disability awareness, accessible spaces and resources, etc.)
•            Advocacy
•            Board development
•            Community partnerships
•            Creative use of library space
•            Customer service
•            Fundraising and grant writing
•            Human resources
•            Indigenous services
•            Leadership and management
•            Mental health in the workplace
•            Outreach
•            Programming, STEAM, and makerspaces
•            Public speaking/presenting
•            Readers’ advisory
•            Social media
•            Technology trends
*Other topics of interest will be considered
Workshop sessions are one hour in length.
Please fill out the online form to submit a proposal:

The deadline for proposals is Friday, January 18, 2019.
Please note: only those selected to present at the workshop will be contacted.

Take the Marigold Customer Satisfaction Survey

06 November 2018

Marigold’s annual customer satisfaction survey for 2018 is now available. Your comments and hopes for Marigold are of great value to gauge the success of our services and to identify opportunities for improvement and development. This survey is designed for completion by Marigold board trustees, library board members and chairs, library staff members and individuals who work in our member libraries as volunteers. Those who fill more than one role at the library (for example, as board member and volunteer) may complete the survey twice. The deadline for responding is November 22, 2018.
Note:  Survey responses are confidential and do not point to a specific person or location. 
If you need more information about how to access and complete this survey, please contact Nicole Dunnewold by email or telephone.

Celebrate Alberta Culture Days @ Your Library!

24 August 2018

Alberta Culture Days is a three-day, province-wide celebration of arts and culture in all of our communities. Help celebrate Alberta Culture Days 2018 at your library this year, September 28, 29, and 30!

Looking for inspiration for how to celebrate or cool program ideas? Check out Celebrate Alberta Culture Days @ Your Library 

Marigold now offers music streaming through Freegal Music eResource

10 July 2018

Marigold is excited to announce that 5 hours/day of streaming on Freegal Music will be available for all of our member library patrons beginning August 1.
Streaming music from Freegal is ad-free. The 5 hours/day of streaming is in addition to the 5 songs/week download limit.
To stream:
Nothing has changed with the download functionality, except that the sample clips are now gone.  Streaming is, after all, a license to sample!

  1. When you put your cursor over an album, you will see a “stream now” button come up. If you press that button on an album, the whole album will play in order. 
  2. You can use “Freegal Playlists”.  This is a list of pre-selected songs in a genre that you are sure to enjoy.
  3. To create a playlist:
    • Click on “My Playlists” under “Streaming” on the left side of the page.
    • Click on “Create and Store Playlists”.
    • At the top center of the page, click on the “+” symbol next to “Saved Playlists”.
    • Name your playlist (ex. “The Boss”) and describe it (ex. “Bruce”).
    • In that box, click on “Create New Playlist” and your playlist is ready to add music.
    • Click on the “Home” page and start looking for music to add.
    • To add an album, move your cursor over an album cover and a =+ will appear.  Click on that, and then add to your playlist of choice.
    • To add an individual song, click on the image until you see a play arrow and =+ sign. Pressing the =+ will allow you to add the song to your chosen playlist.

Streaming, just like downloading, can be done on a PC or through the Freegal app. 

New eResource for DIY auto maintenence, service, and repair

04 July 2018

 On July 1, 2018, Marigold Library System made the eResource AutoMate available to all member libraries.

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls, and more.
Designed for touch-enabled devices such as laptops and tablets, AutoMate offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today's complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed.


Teen Summer Library Experience 2018

07 June 2018

The 2018 Teen Summer Library Experience is on its way!

Running from June 25th to August 17th, TSLE 2018 is encouraging teens across Marigold to read, create and problem solve this summer to win some incredible prizes!

The grand prize for ages 8-12 is a Sphero SPRK, an app enabled ball that promotes interactive play. The grand prize for ages 13-17 is a Nintendo Switch, with two games included for instant entertainment that teens can take anywhere. Marigold is very excited to offer the Teen Summer Library Experience again this year and we are looking forward to seeing you all this summer! 

Visit to register!