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The library: Always here for you

Library Corner for Nov. 9, 2023
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Scenes of horror and devastation flash across our screens depicting wars currently raging.

We do not take lightly the freedom and peace we, in Canada, have enjoyed for so long. And on Remembrance Day, we honour those who have sacrificed and died for our privileges. One of those hard-won rights is the free exchange of ideas and information, something especially precious to libraries. Exercise your freedom to read and learn by browsing our collections soon. (The library will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 11.)

When school is out, the library is in!

Thursday, Nov. 9 is a day off school for children, but there’s plenty to do at the library. Come join us at 1 p.m. for a matinee, Elemental, where Fire, Water, Earth, and Air live together in Element City. Then dive into our vast collection of LEGO for a special challenge. We’ll top it all off with a movie-themed craft. On Friday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., we’ll show Spiderman: Across the Spider Verse followed by its own LEGO challenge and Spidey craft. So, bring your friends because there’s plenty to do at the library. Ages 6 and up.


How about making something cool out of your old t-shirts? Join us Tuesday, Nov. 14 for Something Cool After School at 4 p.m. when we’ll braid t-shirt keychains. On Thursday, Nov. 16, we’ll bring out the littleBits to see what you can create from these colourful modular electronic bits.

Read and Rhyme happens each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers aged from 0-5 years old. We sing songs, tell stories, and have fun with all sorts of activities that help little ones develop language skills and a love for reading. To keep the fun going, sign up for the free app 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. You’ll track your reading and we’ll reward you with a small prize when you reach your goals.

Teens and ’Tweens:

Warm up in the library where we’ll be making winter clay creations on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. There’ll be snacks and hot drinks, too! Ages 10 and up.

For extra help in academics, book an appointment with one of our tutors for free, one-on-one tutoring for students K-Grade 12. We’re available Mondays 4-6 p.m., and Tuesdays & Wednesdays 4-7 p.m.


If you’re an adult who enjoys socializing with others through games, movies and crafts, join us for Afternoon Friends, on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. On Nov. 14, we’ll be getting creative making clay critters (or whatever your imagination can dream up).

Busy families and picky eaters can make supper hour a problem. Discover how to create nutritious meals everyone will enjoy on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Registered dieticians will offer practical strategies to help you tame this critical time of day.

Get a head start on your holiday decorating with a natural ornament that can hang on your tree or in a doorway. Crystal’s Crafters will create mini pinecone topiaries on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-register to join the fun!

Yoga Nidra promises immune support and better sleep. Call us for the Zoom link to join a relaxing session in your own home on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Don’t worry if you fall asleep, we will disconnect for you.

Our Paint Night has been rechristened Mocktails and Masterpieces and you can join us on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a relaxing night of creativity, snacks, mocktails and fun. You will walk away with a beautiful picture of the Northern Lights that can adorn your walls or give as a gift. There is a $25 registration fee and spots are limited so call us today.

If you or someone you know is undergoing signs of memory loss, come to Minds in Motion each Thursday at 1 p.m. for mild exercise, mind-stimulating games, and relaxing social activities with others on the same journey. All are welcome, including caregivers.

Is overconsumption of alcohol by someone near you getting you down? Join us at Al-Anon, on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. for helpful and healthy coping strategies.

Reader’s Circle has chosen Canadian novelist Louise Penny’s book, The Madness of Crowds for this month’s discussion, Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Get your own copy from the library of this novel, “one of Penny’s darkest works.”

The Friends of the Library’s Christmas Wine Survivor is back! For $20 and a bottle of wine, you could be the last survivor in our elimination draws, meaning that you could go home with 30% of the wine collected. Elimination draws start on Monday, Dec 4 at 4 p.m. on the library’s Facebook page and will continue until Dec 9th. Tickets can be purchased at the library or by contacting any member of the Friends of the Library. All proceeds go towards children’s programming at the Stettler Public Library.

All Ages:

Many of us know a smattering of Spanish. To meet others and have fun practicing this language, join us for Spanish Conversation Café at the library on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. Ages 13 and up are welcome.

Forge your own legends at Dungeons & Dragons Game Night with your host, Jasper, on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

Can’t get enough of those computer games? Meet other online gamers from Stettler and Rocky on Mondays at 8 p.m. to play a variety of games while chatting on Discord. Contact the library for further information.

Check out the many resources and services your library offers, from 3-D printing and resume updates with a professional employment support person, to free access to the gym and pool for the whole family with our circulating Family Fitness passes. Call us for the details.

“Free people read freely.” ~Tracie Hall

For more information or to register for any of the above programs, call the library at 403-742-2292.