Library has much to offer
Sahakarini president, Becky Berger, reads to children at the Camrose Public Library to celebrate International Literacy Month on Sept. 12. Sahakarini, a locally based international NGO that supports literacy abroad, currently for tribal girls in rural India. Submitted
Customarily a library isn’t the usual place where you would expect to find anything out of the ordinary. Our library here in Camrose has worked very hard to be more than a typical library holding only books and movies. We strive to serve the community of Camrose in all its diverse needs and interests.
Coming to the library is about more than just checking out books and movies. We offer a large expanse of different materials in order to fulfil as many people’s needs as we are able. We continue to expand our collection with new arrivals every month, which can be easily found in the “New Arrivals” sections of the Adult Fiction and Non-fiction, Young Adult, Movies, and Children’s sections. Staying current with new up-and-coming authors and TV series, like Black Sails Season Four, or Paw Patrol: Air Control, is one of the many ways the library strives to bring in materials for everyone.
There are many ‘weird and wonderful’ things that the library has to offer anyone who comes looking for a new experience. For instance, have you ever wanted to take up physical activity, though living in Alberta has made that tough for you on account of the constant unpredictable weather, not to mention snow? We have an easy solution for you that comes much cheaper than a gym membership. The library has various sizes and styles, both juvenile and adult, of snowshoes to lend. Check out a pair on your account and conqueror those wintry blues that will all too soon be our reality. Also within that wintry reality is the change in sunlight hours. We have a S.A.D. light that you can come and borrow when those daylight hours wane.
Have you agreed to host a birthday party for a ‘small person’ who is dear to you, or even someone older, and you don’t know what kind of games or entertainment you can provide on a budget? Come on by and borrow our various monster and princess kites, Connect 4, Snakes and Ladders, Bocce, and Giant Janga game sets. You’ll be able to throw the most wild and inexpensive party of the year.
While we are still able to enjoy the snow-free weather that we have been blessed with, why don’t you go out to the ravine trails, and go explore some of the many kilometres of unpaved, natural paths with our walking poles. Walking poles are great for support and balance. If you’re looking to vamp up your walking routine, walking poles can be incorporated into a regular walk in order to engage your core muscles. I encourage you to come by the library and research into Nordic Walking and come take out some walking poles to give it a try! If the unpaved trails don’t appeal to you, we have a stroller that you can borrow so any small people who may be in your life can accompany you on your walks.
Our library is proud to boast a series of strange, unusual, and useful items for anyone to come and take out for their enjoyment. We will continue to serve your unique needs as a community, and will find even more ‘weird and wonderful’ things for you to borrow. Feel free to offer suggestions of things you’d like to see! In the meantime stop by and check out what the library has to offer you.
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.
Jenny Rozema is one of the smiling faces you see at the front desk at the library. She is also a fourth-year student at Augustana where she is finishing up a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English. She hopes to take her degree and someday edit novels by Stephen King. She wrote this article while balancing on the Library’s balance board which you can borrow!