Summer students sign off
(From left) Val Brown, Thais Polo, Liana Nand, Vanessa Gratrix and Morgan Sorenson (front) were the summer students at the Camrose Public Library this year. Supplied.
The summer students at the library have done a variety of programming these past months and have had an amazing time doing it.
Unfortunately, with the end of summer comes the end of their time at the library as they will all be returning to university in the fall. They’ve had a memorable summer where they’ve hosted awesome events, such as the Anne of Green Gables Tea Party at the beginning of the summer. As well, the summer staff had the chance to attend fun events like the Big Valley Jamboree Kickin’ Country Parade where their entry won the award for Best Novelty float.
Val Brown was the intergenerational programmer throughout the summer and did a variety of programming inside and outside of the library. Within the library, she hosted Babies to Boomers where people of all ages were able to do fun activities like learning ukulele, drum circles, virtual reality and more! As well, Reading Buddies was a program that ran every week with various local ‘celebrity readers’ who came to share stories with the children. Some of our celebrities included: Mayor Norm Mayer, our MP Kevin Sorenson and MLA Bruce Hinkley, city councilors, a local drag queen, and many more community members.
Val also did outreach at senior centres within Camrose, through programming and with the Life Cycle. The Cycling without Age program is off to a great start and gave many community members bike rides throughout the summer. We received amazing feedback from everyone who was involved with the program, through riding and piloting. We hope to make this program even greater in the future, and strive to reach more people in years to come.
Morgan Sorenson and Jess Bennett were the programmers for the Summer Reading Club. They had a very eventful summer full of a bunch of amazing activities and programs! They did things like going on a Pokémon hunt in the library, making cookie poutine, and decorating the Irving Room with all the crafts made throughout the summer.
Except that wasn’t all, they also had a number of amazing teen programs where they learned new board games, crafts, and even how to make their own movies. In addition to their regular programming they also hosted a large number of special events. Local community business, Sacred Arts, taught the kids yoga and Kompany Family theatre came in and put on a wonderful show. Their fun isn’t quite over yet though, be sure to check out our super hero themed summer wrap up party on Aug. 25 from 1-3 p.m.
Thanks also to Noah Gratrix and Larissa Lehman who were our high school summer students! They assisted the summer programmers with various events, and did inventory within the library. They’re both heading back to school in the fall with the rest of the summer students.
Liana Nand and Vanessa Gratrix were the programmers for the Book Bike, and had quite the busy summer in the community. From Jaywalkers, to the Purple Martin Festival, Hobo Day, and many more, the Bike has been all around town promoting literacy and fun. Free Book Day was a big highlight of our summer, as we gave away dozens of brand new books, generously donated from Canadian Publishers. We also had our regular weekly events, where we enjoyed the great weather and seeing familiar faces. We appreciate everyone who came and supported the Bike, and we loved seeing your smiling faces as we rode past. It has been a fantastic summer, and we hope you all enjoyed the books as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you.
Thanks to all our community members who supported the library this year, and to those who utilized the programming that the summer students developed. We had a great time spending our summer with you, and are thankful for the opportunity to have been involved with this great community.
The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The library is closed all weekend days of statutory holidays.
The summer staff lovingly referred to themselves as the “Summer Reading Club”. They were five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. By the time the summer was over they broke the rules, bared their souls, and touched their community in a way they never dreamed possible – don’t you forget about us Camrose.