Library students sign off after memorable summer

After two months, the summer reading program is finished.

After two months, the summer reading program is finished. We have had such an amazing summer here at the library, with so many memories and friends made. We managed to exceed our reading goal with a grand total of 16,140 minutes. Keep up the good work.

We decided to share with you our favourite memories from the summer. Enjoy!

Travis: One of the funniest things this summer happened way back in June. We were driving to summer reading program workshop in Lacombe and Carly kept commenting on how many cows there were. I guess cows are a rarity for Ontarians. We drove past a field with some American Paint horses grazing and Carly exclaimed with confidence, “COWS!” Lindsey and I burst out laughing — Carly had just confused an American Paint horse for a Holstein cow. At that point, we knew we had to teach this city slicker the ropes.

One of the cutest and funniest things about our program was the stories the kids shared with us. In our last Rochon Sands program, there was this little boy who wanted to tell us about the crazy storm we had the previous night. He told me that, “the tomato came last night when I was sweeping.” Thankfully, the boy’s sisters translated the phrase to “the tornado came last night when I was sleeping.

Carly: For the record, my horse-cow confusion happened at 7 a.m. — it was really early. Now, I can proudly say that I know the different breeds of cattle. I have so many amazing memories from this summer — I went to my first rodeo, visited the Calgary Stampede, and even made my way to the mountains. I remember on my first day, I was welcomed into the library family with the infamous Bloke’s Bakery treat — The Cream John. It took me five minutes to figure out what everyone was calling the delicious treat and now it has become a staple in my diet. Someone might have to courier me over a box or two when I am back at home. Another highlight would have to be when we ordered brand new markers for the program. Nothing makes me happier than a giant box of 200-plus markers. I was practically hyperventilating, so shiny, so new. The staff and program participants at the Stettler Public Library have become my Western family. You have a wonderful group of people here who made this City Dog, a Country Frog. It has been an amazing summer and one that I will always remember. I am going to miss the open prairie skies. I am going to miss this beautiful library. I am going to miss y’all.

My favourite part of the teen program would have to be Thursday book discussion. My list of books to read has grown exponentially. Also, Teen Game Night brought lots of laughs. I managed to get everyone hooked on Uno. I have become a little bit obsessed after learning how to play only a few weeks ago. Thank-you, Lindsey and Travis.

This will be the last newspaper article written by the summer staff. Travis will be heading back to university to finish his last year in his education degree. Carly will be going back to Ontario to continue studying in the library and information field. Alberta has had quite the impression and it will not be surprising if Carly comes back soon.

We want to wish all of the kids who came to our programs to have a wonderful new school year. Just think, maybe Travis will be teaching you in the next few years. Be sure to keep reading and being awesome. Do not forget to come back to the library, as we have events all year round.

Library events

Reader’s Circle and Brain Candy Book Clubs are gearing up to start again in September. Brain Candy Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and will discuss Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. Readers’ Circle will meet on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and will discuss The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Stop by the library and pick up copy your today.

Read and Rhyme starts again on a regular basis after the long weekend — Wednesday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 7.

Spine Crackers will meet again on Sept. 11 and their new book is Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. Copies available at the front desk.

Join us on Sept. 12 to celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday. The celebration of the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and many more will provide opportunities for fun, games and general wackiness.

Alberta Culture Days is just around the corner again. And for Culture Days, the library would like to display some local art. If you paint, draw, take photographs or make other art that you would like to exhibit, please get in touch with the library (403-742-2292) before Sept. 15.

The library will host the Magic Carpet Ride on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 20.