Freedom To Read Week: February 21-27, 2021

Freedom To Read week is a celebration of reading, and the acknowledgement of ongoing conversation regarding “censorship, freedom of expression and access to information”. February 21-27 is a dedication to reader autonomy, discussion of challenged books (both current and through history), and much more.

At the Freedom To Read website, one can discover lists of challenged books, discussions about hot topics, media resources and a great selection of activity and engagement suggestions.

Check out our Freedom To Read tab on our Fake News library guide for some great articles, challenged books in our collection, and further resources.

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Happy Valentine’s Day (with Victorian Greeting Cards!)

With this freezing weather, what better time to enjoy a cozy movie, curl up with a good book, and take a peak at some real vintage greeting cards?! Courtesy of University of Regina Archives & Special Collections, we’ve posted three charming Victorian Greeting Cards on our Library Leisure Guide. Check out the cards, all kinds of romantic films, some classic reads, and much more here.

Valentine’s Day not your jam? Our guide also has colouring pages (Heavy Metal and Punk Rock!), tons of leisure reading ideas, games and quizzes, an escape room, and even films that have NOTHING to do with “true love” and Cupid (Doctor Sleep, anyone?!). Enjoy!

We hope everyone has a restful Reading Week!

Image credit: U of R Archives 2011-39 Box 1 File 6 Victorian Greeting Cards

Sacred Wilderness

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There’s still time to register for this month’s virtual book club! We will be discussing Susan Power’s Sacred Wilderness, a novel which “explores the lives of four women of different eras and backgrounds who come together to restore foundation to a mixed-up, mixed-blood woman—a woman who had been living the American dream, and found it a great maw of emptiness” (Michigan State University Press, 2021)

You can learn more about this book by visiting our book club guide. We will be meeting on Wednesday, February 24th at 12:00 pm.

To join us for this online meeting, simply email us on the primary tab or email this month’s host directly (email Corina at

All students, staff and faculty are welcome. “See” you there!

If These Places Could Talk

This week is Archives Week. Check out the Saskatchewan Council For Archives and Archivists interactive map at… for virtual events that are happening across the province.

Of special note is a talk by Interim University Archivist Crista Bradley, who will be speaking about her new picture book, If These Places Could Talk: Snapshots of Saskatchewan. Written for children ages 4 & up, it has also been garnering significant attention among teachers and history lovers. The book features 100+ historic and contemporary images of Saskatchewan places, past and present, drawn from the collections of archives, museums and libraries around the province. It also includes vibrant original artwork by Wendi Nordell. Crista will speak about the fun she has had on the journey from initial book concept to publication. This event is part of a series of presentations hosted by the Saskatchewan Seniors’ Association. It is free and open to the general public.

TELECONFERENCE: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 2:00PM

Call Toll Free: 1-800-967-7148 Participant Passcode: 472075

Looking for more information on this picture book? Go to

New to the Library Leisure Guide: Chinese New Year and St. Valentine’s Day

With Chinese New Year and St. Valentine’s Day both right around the corner, we have added pages for each celebration under the Library Leisure Holidays & Celebrations tab. From romantic movies of all kinds to further reading and information about these celebrations (including the Confucius Institute at the University of Regina’s virtual Chinese New Year celebration!), we hope your frozen days will be a little bit warmer!

Check out the Chinese New Year tab here.

Check out the St. Valentine’s Day tab here.

To see the full Library Leisure page, click here.

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