STEP 1: Look through the Find An Artist database on our website and find a Taleblazers presenter who best suits the needs of your school or library.
STEP 2: Complete the Taleblazers Festival booking form on our website. This form also serves to create or renew your membership. Please include the name and phone number of a summer contact person. This will ensure that the YABS office staff can contact you with any questions or scheduling problems.
STEP 3: Return the form to YABS as soon as possible. Simply complete it online and press the [submit] button at the bottom of the form. The form will automatically be sent to YABS and cc'd to the email you provide. If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of sending your form, please contact us by phone at 780-422-8232. Please check your email blockers to ensure that firstname.lastname@example.org is on your approved email list.
STEP 4: YABS staff will make the final arrangements for your request over the summer. In late August or early September, you will receive an email that conains an itinerary, invoice, detailed information on hosting a presentation, and sponsor information. Please read the itinerary and other information carefully. Presenter contact information will be included on the itinerary. Make sure you contact your presenter(s) in advance to confirm arrangements. Call our office if you have any questions.
STEP 5: As the date of your Taleblazers presentations approaches, consider promoting the event through your local media outlets.
STEP 6: At the time of your presentations, we will email a brief evaluation survey. Please complete and return one for each artist you host. Your comments are used by YABS staff, board, and presenters to ensure that future Taleblazers Festivals and other programs are successful. In December we enter the evalutaions into a random draw and the winning host will receive a book prize! We would also love to receive any photos or newspaper articles resulting from your Taleblazers visit.
STEP 7: We will send you an invoice for the artist presentation fee and your membership fee (if not already paid). Invoices are payable by cheque to the Young Alberta Book Society. Please send your payment promptly after your booking takes place.
One last but very important item! Along with your initial email package, we include a list of organizations and companies that support the Young Alberta Book Society and the Taleblazers Festival. Please write letters of thanks to the sponsors and funders expressing the positive impact Taleblazers has had on you and the young participants. This kind of endoresment helps us tremendously in securing funding and it is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do for us. If our sponsors know that we are appreciated, we will be able to continue this great program for many years. Thank you.