SLW Project 2017 are as diverse as they are interesting. From North to South and East to West, Saskatchewan Libraries have something for everyone.
Pahkisimon Nuye?ah Library System will be hosting a northern tour with award winning writer Louise Halfe as she delivers workshops to senior students in four schools and gives readings in public libraries in Montreal Lake, La Ronge, Air Ronge, and Stanley Mission.
Paynton Library will be hosting a Pumpkin Carving Project in which all ages are welcome to participate! Pumpkins will be judged, and prizes will be awarded in three categories. A lighting ceremony and photo op will follow.
Beauval Public Library is holding a traditional medicine Storytime that will include a medicine man talking about where to find the plants and how he uses them.
Meadow Lake Public Library is offering an afternoon of drinks, snacks, and board games in appreciation of the overwhelming support they received in fighting the budget cuts.
Pierceland Public Library Storytime will never be the same, as children learn to make Healthy fruit smoothies and other snacks. Their Storytime Grandma, will help out by choosing healthy food related stories for the pre-school children that morning.
October 18, 19
Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Library will host an ‘Open House’, endeavoring to make all clinicians, staff and new employees aware of their library.
Speers Public Library hosts an Ukrainian ethnic cooking demonstration and workshop, an open house with contests and door prizes, card making workshop are all part of the festivities.
October 16, 18 and 19.
Turtleford Public Library will host a duel local author reading in the library. Two local authors will read, Lisa Guenther and Edna Alford.
October 17, 18
Biggar Public Library is celebrating Saskatchewan Library Week and SLA’s 75th anniversary with many projects:
- THE GIRL WHO’S READING 75 BOOKS IN 75 DAYS is a young patron who has taken on the challenge to read 75 books in 75 days. She has started August 01 and will finish in the week of October 16th.
75 MINUTE MARATHON READING involves a marathon reading at three places.
- DESIGN AN E-POSTER is for teenagers, where grade 10 to 12 readers get the opportunity to design an e-poster in celebration of the 75th birthday celebrations.
- HELP YOUR CHILD TO READ A speaker from the Sun West School Division will give a talk on ways in which parents can help their kids to read better and in that way learn to appreciate the worlds and adventures that await them in books We would like to offer an afternoon session for Seniors in the community to come and have a coffee in a quiet environment and learn what the library has to offer them. There have been a number of questions about digital books and loaning materials electronically and we would be able to spend some time and discuss the options and show them how to use them. Many other activities are planned as well.
Cupar Public Library – An Open House will be held on Wed Oct 18 that will include information about past events through pictures, and reports, a; free baby book give-away to new parents; fine-free late returns; book display of books connecting people to libraries. Also that week they will host a Paint Nite, and a Halloween Costume Exchange
October 18, 19 and 20.
Humboldt at the Reid-Thompson Library, there will be special book displays and a reading with author Allan Casey.
Lampman – The Lampman Library Board is building a community “Tiny Free Library” for their local Lions Playpark with access 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Installation the week of October 15
Melville Public Library will hold a Patron Appreciation Tea and draw. There will be a second ballot offered to those willing to say what their favorite thing about their branch library is and asking why libraries matter.
Ogema Public Library – An art instillation/photo collage wall will be created in the library. Project squares will be supplied for each child/adult, with a unifying theme that will be used to create the art. It will be based around MATTER! Minds Absorbing Totally Terrific Reading! Pictures will be taken of people reading, using technology, doing literacy based activities, and these pictures will be printed out to create a photo collage. The project walls will then be unveiled at a Libraries Matter party.
Moose Jaw Public Library – At MJPL they are gearing up to show our communities how much Libraries Matter! All week long they will be demonstrating their awesome programs and maker technologies geared towards all ages in unexpected places throughout the library. The activities of the week will culminate in a large daylong event on Saturday, October 21. They will showcase the range and breadth of services and programs offered by the library in order to celebrate their services but also to show patrons their appreciation for their support. They will also be showcasing their children’s programs with drop-in mini programs in their Children’s area; Maker Tech Demonstrations in the public areas of our library throughout the day, as well as a Short Film circuit in the Theatre.
Saskatoon Public Library will be hosting another round of the (almost) annual Stories in the Bar program. This is an outreach event that involves both library staff and members of the community. This year we are focusing our outside talent on local Indigenous and Métis performers and organizations. Activities planned include storytelling, musical performances, comedy, a photo booth which encourages social media interaction with #librariesmatter, and more!
Saskatoon Alvin C. Schindel Library, Horizon College & Seminary – This event, facilitated by six-time national/international award nominated author and recording artist Sally Meadows will incorporate hands on writing, journaling techniques, and goal setting exercises woven in with select readings from her books. A key element of the workshop will highlight accessing writers’ resources through public libraries.
Swift Current Public Library – In conjunction with the Saskatchewan German Council, Swift Current Public Library will be celebrating German Heritage in Southwest Saskatchewan Libraries. They will show a film, do storytelling, and a talk about POW camps in Alberta.
Cabri, Tompkins and Stewart Valley Public Libraries will be hosting Cowboy Poetry and Pumpkin Pie, a pairing of Cowboy Poetry with rancher Brian Burnett. Seniors will be invited to bake the pies.
October 17, 18, 19
Weyburn Public Library will hold a cooking competition where sixteen (16) participants paired into eight (8) groups are given the exact same food items (one of them being a mystery food item) as well as a limited amount of time to prepare and present a dish of their own creation. The audience will have the opportunity to participate as well in the voting process through taste tests. There will be some prizes given to the top three winners: first, second and third.