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Celebrate our community’s cultural customs

Stettler Public Library news for week of Sept. 1, 2022

By Eleanor Bertin

As Canadians, we celebrate the kaleidoscope of cultures represented in our community. Through Stettler Culture Days we offer fantastic activities with our community partners all over town during the month of September. Check out the art exhibit, Party On! displayed at the library this month. Lively pieces by 14 different Alberta artists each depict a single moment of shared revelry and inter-connectedness, whether scenes of musical performance, dancing, carnivals or special occasion, food and drink.

And there’s more! Food, traditions, music and art are all part of the Culture Days line-up so be sure to check out www.stettlerculturedays.com.

Children:

With the start of a new school year, K-12 students can take advantage of our free tutoring service. Call the library for details.

Some of the best memories of my child-raising years are the many hours we spent reading together as a family. Besides being fun, it’s hard to over-emphasize the cognitive benefits to young children. Ask about our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program where you can earn prizes as you track your progress on a free app.

And don’t forget Read and Rhyme — stories, songs, and activities for children aged 0-5 and their parents. Meet new friends and have fun as you build pre-literacy skills on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings in the library at 10:30 a.m.

Something Cool After School is back on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. On Tue, Sept. 6 – we’ll play Giant Games like Jenga, Bocce, Connect 4, and more! Thu, Sept. 8 sees us having fun making pony bead key chains. Then for all you Lego maniacs, the ever-popular Lego Club returns on Sat, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m.

Teens and ’Tweens:

Teen Scene returns with a variety of programs for teens and ’tweens ages 10 and up. What can you make with Perler Beads? Join us in creating 2D or 3D bead art at the library on Wed, Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Adults:

Afternoon Friends is moving back to Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in September. We’re adults who meet for fun activities with others. Join us for Bingo on Sept. 6 and an Art Attack session Sept. 13 where we’ll try our hand at Pointillism.

Reader’s Circle Book Club’s choice for September is This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. During the Great Depression, four orphans escape from the Lincoln Indian Training School and make their way in the world. Pick up a copy at the library and join in the discussion on Tue, Sept. 27 at 6:30.

We can’t let the kids have all the fun! Join Crystal’s Craft Club on Thu, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of creating with Perler Beads. Make coasters, earrings or the Eiffel Tower, because the sky’s the limit.

Stettler Culture Days

All over town, community partners have planned intriguing activities to celebrate Alberta Culture Days in Stettler this year. Learn more about what is happening and register for events at www.stettlerculturedays.com.

The library is pleased to offer a special talk with Richard Van Camp via Zoom at the library on Wed, Sept. 14 at 6:30 pm. An excellent speaker, Van Camp’s session is on reclaiming your family medicines and is based on his recent book Gather. You won’t want to miss this.

Have you ever wanted to learn to make your own perogies from scratch? Learn the process of rolling, filling, shaping and cooking this popular comfort food with Olena Besyada on Wed, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Spaces are limited, so call to register.

Try your hand at pencil sketching under the inspiring instruction of artist Linda Osetsky-Kneeland on Thu, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.

Learn the intricate art of pysanky—Ukrainian Easter eggs on Sat, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. with Wendy Staal.

So you think your Borscht can’t be beet? Put it to the test in our epic Battle of the Borscht at Stettler Town and County Museum on Sat, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. Spectators can sample a bowl, and there are prizes!

An essential of understanding your culture is the fascinating history of your own family. Find out how to research your family tree with David Guba of the Stettler Genealogy Club on Sat, Sept 17 at 11 a.m.

Plan ahead so you don’t miss out on any of these and other Culture Days activities at the Stettler Public Library, Stettler Town and Country Museum, Stettler District Agricultural Society and restaurants around town.

Call the library for more details or to register for the above programs.

All Ages:

In honour of Culture Days, tickets are free for the Historic Ghost Walk through downtown Stettler on Sept. 9 or Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. Ages 10 and up. Call the library to sign up.

Join other English language learners for Conversation Café, an opportunity to practice speaking together in a relaxed setting, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. There will be snacks and fun activities to spark the conversations. Call the library for details.

Take advantage of our resident tech expert to learn tips and tricks for using your smart phone, tablet, or iPad. Call for an appointment every other Saturday in September from 1-6 p.m.

Update those old videotapes and slides with the use of our digital conversion equipment and software. We can clean your lightly scratched CDs and DVDs, $2 per disc.

Does your resume need an update? Consult our experienced employment support person, available Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. Call the library for an appointment,

Whatever your goals are for fall, the library can set you up. We offer foreign language and online courses, ancestry research help, and a variety of other fascinating opportunities. Discover what your library can do for you today.

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