Food-bank donations to cover library fines



October is Canadian Library Month and this year’s theme is, “Your library: a place unbound.”

With all of the activities that are happening here at Stettler Public Library, this place is coming unbound with excitement.

In celebration of Canadian Library Month, the library will clear fines if you bring in a donation of non-perishable food for the Stettler food bank. For every item, $1 worth of fines will be forgiven.

We realize that you might wish to donate more expensive items, such as a jar of peanut butter. We will recognize that by crediting your fines accordingly (about $4 in fines for peanut butter).

Help our community by paying your fines with food. This is one of the best deals in town.

Everyone loves bingo and Stettler Public Library has a fabulous twist on the popular game. Come to the library and pick up a bingo card. Each square has a genre/category/colour of a book for you to read or an activity to be done.

For example, if you read a romance novel or a book with a yellow cover, you can cross off those squares. Complete any five squares in a row and you can enter to win either a Kobo reader (adults) or an IPod Shuffle (youth). Enter as many times as you would like and the winners will be announced Oct. 31.

If you’re a reader of large print books, Parkland Regional Library needs your assistance. They’re conducting a survey to determine which books to purchase in large print. If you’re interested in taking the survey, ask at the circulation desk. We are more than willing to help you complete the required information.

Saturday, Oct. 29, is a very big day at Stettler Public Library. We’re going all out for Halloween. Come dressed in your best costume and join us when Gail de Vos, storyteller extraordinaire, weaves her magic at 11 a.m. in a session for young children.

The teens will get to have some fun as they choke down scars, severed fingers and diaper mess in the annual Fear Factor Feed Off at 1 p.m. Further blood chilling action for teens will be available when de Vos tells scary stories at 3 p.m.

Oct. 29 is also Library Snapshot Day, a day to celebrate your community library. Throughout October, libraries across Alberta will participate in Snapshot Day. They will collect information, comments, stories and photographs to get a “snapshot” of a typical library day. Come, participate, have fun and tell us your stories.

Halloween is All Hallows Read at Stettler Public Library. The first 200 visitors to come to the library Oct. 31 will receive a free book. What a fun treat to receive.

Put a couple of more dates on your calendar. The Friends of the Library Giant Annual Book Sale is set for Friday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We ’re looking for volunteers to help with the book sale, so if you’re interested, call the library at 403-742-2292.

We’re also still taking donations for the book sale and they can be dropped off at the library.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the library’s Ladies Night Out has been postponed until 2012. Watch this column, check our website at or friend Stettler Bibliotheque on Facebook for future information about the event.