Exciting new programs in 2010

with family, we want you to take a picture of the family doing literacy activities such as playing board games, making a recipe or just reading together.

The new year is just around the corner and when Deb Cryderman and I were looking at our calendars for the year ahead, we were amazed with how much the Stettler Public Library has going on in the first few months. We are so excited about the events that the library has planned that we couldn’t wait to tell you. So get your own calendars out and get ready to spend your free time at the Stettler Public Library.

In January, we are pleased to have the artwork of Catherine Hamel gracing our walls. Entitled displace/graft/retrace, her artwork is inspired by growing up in Beirut during the sixteen-year civil war. The show will be at the Stettler Public Library from the first week of January until Jan. 27.

Are you wanting to start your own book club but you don’t know how? Well, the Stettler Public Library and seven other libraries in the Parkland Regional Library system can help. Book club kits has been assembled for eight books with eight copies of the book in each kit. They then circulate to a library for one month. The next book club kit coming to Stettler is “The Slap” by Christos Tsiolkas. If you are interested in the book club kits, ask us at the Stettler Public Library to reserve it for you.

Family Literacy Day is Jan. 27 and the Stettler Public Library and Stettler Family Literacy want you to Get Caught Reading. With Christmas time quickly approaching and time spent with family, we want you to take a picture of the family doing literacy activities such as playing board games, making a recipe or just reading together. In January, we will announce the rules for the Get Caught Reading contest. We hope to see some great pictures.

In February the biggest amateur athletic event is hitting Vancouver and the Stettler Public Library is going to take part in some of that action. The Olympics is coming to the library on Feb. 1. You are to read five books with a colour of each of the rings. The colour can be found on the cover, in the title, in the author’s name. Where ever you can find it, it will count. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the Olympics. More details will be coming soon.

February is also Freedom to Read Month. It is technically only Freedom to Read Week but we like it so much that we are having a month instead of a week. This is the month in which we celebrate intellectual freedom and the right to read what we want to read, not what we are told to read. We have some wonderful things planned. Watch this column for more details.

All our programs are back in January. The start dates are: Jan. 6 for Rhyming Kids, Teen Book Club and Teen Night, Jan. 7 for Bedtime Stories and Readers Circle and Jan. 9 for Storytime. We hope to see you all in 2010.

This is just a reminder that the Library will be closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will reopen again on Monday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. We will be closing on New Year’s Eve at 3 p.m. and will reopen again on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 10 a.m.

Happy holidays everyone!