Stettler Library offers new programs and celebrates Family Literacy Day

Hopefully everyone had a warm and happy holiday season, and is now ready to get back into the swing of things.

Hopefully everyone had a warm and happy holiday season, and is now ready to get back into the swing of things. Programs at Stettler Public Library are starting up again this week, including: Rhyming Kids on January 6 at 10:30 a.m. Parents, along with your babies and toddlers, can get together for songs, nursery rhymes, and stories.

Teen Night returns January 6 from 6 until 8 p.m. Anyone between the ages of 10 and 18 are welcome to come hang out, play Wii and other fun stuff. Teen Book Club also starts up again on January 6, from 6 until 7 p.m.

Reader’s Circle is back on January 7 at 7:30 p.m. and they’ll be discussing their favourite reads of the past year. Bedtime stories are also on January 7 from 7 until 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your teddy bears! And last, but not least, Story time is back on January 9 at 11:15 a.m.

Also happening at the library in January – Family Literacy Day takes place on Jan. 27, and the library, along with Stettler Family Literacy, wants you to ‘Get Caught Reading’.

Family Literacy Day encourages literacy of all kinds. Snap a photo of yourself or family members taking part in literacy-based activities like reading, playing board games, making a recipe, even playing a musical instrument. Contest rules will be announced in the near future.

From February 21 to 27, it’s Freedom to Read Week. We think Freedom to Read Week is so great, that we’re going to be celebrating the Freedom to Read all month.

Held annually across Canada, this event encourages and raises awareness for intellectual freedom and the right to read whatever we choose. You might be surprised at some of the books that have recently been challenged in Canada, such as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain.

Also coming in February – the Olympics! We are getting in the spirit by holding a contest. Read five books, and each one has to contain a different colour representing the colors of the Olympic rings – red, blue, black, yellow, and green.

The colour can be found anywhere on the book including the title, author’s name, or the cover. More details will be coming soon and prizes will be awarded at the end of the Olympics.

This coming month we’ll have the lovely artwork of Catherine Hamel on display. Her collection, entitled ‘displace/graft/retrace’, is inspired by her being raised in civil war-torn Beirut. It will be displayed for most of January, so come in, take a look, and enjoy.

We had to say farewell to our favourite, Patty, at the end of December, as she heads off to the West coast for university, and we are welcoming an awesome new staff member, Gina, on board. We’ll miss you, Patty!