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Encounter the immigrant experience

Library Corner for Sept. 14, 2023

Canada is a nation of immigrants and Alberta’s population is among the most recent.

What might have gone through the minds of Chinese immigrants from centuries past as they encountered a new, largely unsettled land, new culture, and new language when they arrived?

In honour of Alberta Culture Days, this month we’ll feature Chinese experiences through our travelling art exhibit, We Are Immigrants, running from Sept. 7 to Oct. 4.

You’ll learn about the hardships they faced as they migrated to Canada in search of economic opportunities during the 1800s and 1900s, and celebrate their vital role in Canadian history.

Enjoy these thought-provoking mixed media pieces with We Are Immigrants on display throughout the library. Check out and register for other Alberta Culture Days events at www.stettlerculturedays.com.


Team up with the kids at Something Cool After School to create a giant wind-ball to take outdoors on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.

We’ll be making the cutest pinecone owls Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. Then on Thu Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. develop your own LED magic wand!

Celebrate Filipino culture at the Filipino Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 4-8 p.m. You’ll learn traditional dances, taste the cuisine and meet local members of the Filipino community at this Culture Days event held at the Stettler United Church.

Pre-register online at stettlerculturedays.com; for ages 6 and up.

Introduce your preschoolers to the amazing world of literature through Read and Rhyme, held each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 10:30. If you read at home, follow along with the free app 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten to mark your progress. We’ll reward you with a small prize each time you reach a milestone.

Teens & ’Tweens:

Can you build a wire maze that stumps your friends? Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. to test your skills. Ages 10 and up.

Get a head start on your school subjects with individual tutoring help at the library. We have tutors who can help for free on Mondays, from 4-6 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 4-7 p.m. Call us for an appointment.


Discover the historical and ghostly side of the Heart of Alberta on our guided Historic Ghost Walk through downtown on Friday, Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m. In honour of Alberta Culture Days, there’s no admission charge this month. Pre-register online at www.stettlerculturedays.com. Ages 10+.

Gentle yoga offers a range of benefits for seniors, including improved flexibility, better balance, and stress reduction. Join Alicia Tate at the library on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Trips to the Rec Centre by Handibus will be free for this program. Call the Handibus at 403-742-5858 to book your ride.

Next week, a new session of Minds in Motion begins on Sept. 21, from 1-3 p.m. and will carry on every Thursday for the next eight weeks. We’re partnering with the Recreation Centre to provide a full light exercise program and games for those experiencing cognitive decline. Caregivers are welcome, too.

Take a trip to the land of the rising sun without ever leaving Stettler in this month’s session of Armchair Travel! Embark on a captivating journey to Japan to explore the landscapes, traditions, and vibrant culture of the Far East with Lacey Anderson on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. This is part of the Culture Days activities for the month of September.

Next week on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. at Afternoon Friends, we’ll play Bingo and a variety of other fun games. Come join us and get to know a whole new social set.

Please pick up a copy of The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, this month’s Reader’s Circle Book Club selection and join us on Tuesday, Sept. 26 for a fascinating discussion.

All Ages:

Make fitness a family affair with our circulating Family Fitness passes, allowing access to the pool and gym for either a couple of hours or a week. Call to reserve one for your family!

Monday nights are online gaming nights. Meet up with gamers from Stettler and Rocky Mountain House to play a variety of games. Most weeks you’ll need access to the Nintendo Online service. Chat with other gamers on Discord. For more info, call the library.

For Smash Bros. fans, join in on our Super Smash Bros. tournament on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. We have controllers available, but bring your own if you like.

Do you have scratched or dirty DVDs or CDs? Bring them to us for a cleaning and buffing, $2/disc.

If you own videotapes or photo slides that you’d like to digitize, we’ll show you how to use our equipment to get the job done, free of charge.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R.R. Martin

For more information or to register for any of the above programs, call the library at 403-742-2292.