Impressions of a great presentation

The Stettler Public Library is very pleased to be the host of a very special art show and gala opening.

The Stettler Public Library is very pleased to be the host of a very special art show and gala opening.

On Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m., join the HYC Painters as they unveil their art to the world.

With the guidance of Vivian Bennett, the kids have created some wonderful pieces of art that I am sure that you will enjoy. Everybody is welcome and refreshments will be served. The Paint-It-Kids Art Show will then be on display at the Library for the month of May.

On Wednesday, April 28, the Stettler Public Library hosted a free writing workshop called Write On, which was sponsored by Parkland Regional Library, Library Association of Alberta and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Library staff member Wendy Babatunde attended the workshop and the following is her report.

“The speaker, award-winning author and editor Fran Kimmel, said the Stettler Public Library had the most well-attended group of the eight libraries that she visited. She was very pleased that Stettler has a writers’ group and encouraged them to continue their endeavours.

“The workshop was remarkable. We learned how to keep readers interested by injecting conflict into dialogue; how to inject tone into our writing without using tags like muttered, how to get into the mind of a character and how to organize thoughts and make them into a story.

“We also did a very interesting exercise with a partner where we wrote dialogue with each person writing for one specific character. It sent sounds of laughter through the building.

“Fran had us read our assignments out loud one at a time while she listened very carefully and critiqued our work.

“At the end of the session I still don’t think of myself as a writer but it has encouraged me to seriously explore this aspect of my interest.”

Keep watching this column for opportunities that the Stettler Public Library can give you to expand your interests. You can also check our website at http://spl.prl.ab.ca for events as well.

Starting Thursday May 6, Alicia will be hosting Story Hour for children birth to age 5 and their big people. There will be stories, rhymes and sharing. Everybody is welcome and it is an interactive program between the children and their guardians so big people must accompany the little people.

We hope to see you all here at the Stettler Public Library.