October is Canadian Library Month and staff members at Red Deer Public Library, (RDPL), are celebrating by offering a plethora of programs promoting the importance of literacy and the value of our community library.
“Canadian Library Month offers a fantastic opportunity for us to remind Red Deerians we are here for them, and we work hard to provide not only books, materials and programs, but also to act as a social hub where all are welcome to spend leisure time in a safe, enjoyable environment”, says Christina Wilson, CEO, Red Deer Public Library.
It is no coincidence RDPL’s Red Deer Reads Community Book Club hosts main event programs in October, she explains. This year, programs are based on the 2016 winning title The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel by Pattie LaBoucane-Benson, Art by Kelly Mellings.
The main events in October are Graphic Novel Design hosted by Mellings himself Oct. 12th, a Tattoo Artist Profile, featuring local artist Lucas Ford of Classic Tattoo, Oct. 27th, and the big wrap up, An Evening with Patti LaBoucane- Benson and Kelly Mellings at the Weilikoklad Centre, Oct. 28th.
October also marks the annual Olson Memorial Celebration of Books author visit, says Wilson. Canadian Children’s author Helaine Becker will be presenting on Oct. 22nd at the Downtown Branch. With more than 70 books to her name, she is a prestigious addition to our celebrations of Canadian Library Month that families will love, Wilson adds.
And in keeping with the literacy theme all month long, Wilson says the timing could not be better for RDPL to have been nominated for a Heritage Recognition Award for its Centennial Children’s book, More Than Cobwebs and Dust by Laural Grimes, illustrated by Lorlie Vuori. The award ceremony is 1:30 p.m., Oct. 21st at the Red Deer County Council Chambers, 38106, Range Road 275, Red Deer County. The public are invited to attend.
“We invite everyone to come into any branch and help us celebrate libraries and literature,” says Wilson. “No matter the interest or age, everyone will find something to suit at Red Deer Public Library.”