As schools begin closing down for the summer, we are also getting ready for our own summer wind-down. Between June 30 and August 15, the YABS office will be experiencing closures, reduced hours, and variable schedules to accommodate staff holidays. Email and voicemail will be checked periodically and returned as soon as possible, but if you'd like to pay us a visit please call or email so we can arrange a time to see you!
Martyn Godfrey Winners Announced
The winners of the 2017 Martyn Godfrey Young Writers Award are now posted on the website with pdfs to each story. You can see them all on our MGA page!
Year-Round Bookings in Calgary
YABS is now on the Calgary Board of Education's Artist Roster! This means that we're able to take on year-round bookings in Calgary Public Schools on the same basis that we started doing in Edmonton Public Schools last year. All schools in the Calgary Board of Education system have access to the touring artists on our roster and that all of the required insurance, vulnerable sector checks, and WCB coverage is in place. CBE schools can go through YABS at any time of year on the same basis as a Taleblazers booking, but without the travel coverage. Feel free to contact us with any questions!
Year-Round Bookings in Edmonton
We are now handling non-subsidized year-round bookings for Edmonton Public Schools! YABS is an approved vendor with EPSB, which means that all schools in the Edmonton Public system have access to any of the artists on our roster. Please contact us for details if you're interested in booking an artist through us outside of Taleblazers!
How You Can Help
If you're looking into charitable donations, we hope you'll consider giving or requesting a donation to the Young Alberta Book Society. We are now members of the ATB Cares program which matches which contributes an additional 15% of every donation -- and they also cover all of the transaction costs! Donations can be made to YABS through ATB Cares here. You can also make a safe, secure, tax deductible donation through CanadaHelps.org!