Ringing in the holiday season at the library

By Nicole Bannick, Camrose Canadian Lifestyles Contributor

Santa handed out candy canes to the children, including Jasmine Potts, 9, at a Christmas party Saturday Dec. 8, 2012 at the Camrose Public Library. (VINCE BURKE/ CAMROSE CANADIAN/ QMI AGENCY)

Santa handed out candy canes to the children, including Jasmine Potts, 9, at a Christmas party Saturday Dec. 8, 2012 at the Camrose Public Library. (VINCE BURKE/ CAMROSE CANADIAN/ QMI AGENCY)

The geese have flown south, and days are cooler. The snow has begun to fall, and is sticking this time. Night comes earlier, and the Northern Lights are more easily seen in the sky. It will soon be the time of year that children and adults around the world have been waiting for: Winter holiday season!


Whether you observe Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Yule, Diwali, or any number of other winter cultural or religious celebrations, you will be sure to find something at the library and in the community of Camrose this November and December.  

Camrose Public Library, as laid out in our Plan of Service, values inclusion regardless of heritage, education, beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental capabilities, or income, and we strive to hold and take part in events that promote this value. One such event is Downtown Camrose’s Festival of Lights on Saturday from 4-8 p.m. in the Brick annex. The theme this year is Traditions Around the World, and I will be there representing the library with a cozy nook and many books. I will be sharing global celebration stories from many different cultures including Christian, Judaic, African American, Muslim, Indigenous Canadian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions. Other community groups, businesses, and service organizations will also be taking part to celebrate the beauty that diversity brings to the city of Camrose. Dress in your holiday best and stop by to share your cultural heritage and learn about others at this festive celebration of light, both literal and figurative. 

Camrose Public Library has another event planned that will bring people together to celebrate the gifts and merry-making of the holiday season. We invite everyone to join us for our annual Family Christmas Party on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. The party is again being planned and facilitated by Community Service Learning students from the University of Alberta-Augustana Campus, and they have some wonderful things in store for you. We are having a sustainable party this year, with card and candle making, book paper ornaments, and pinecone Christmas tree crafts. Ballet Camrose will kick off the event with some performances, and a jolly man in red will make an appearance as well. The event is free of charge and open to all, regardless of age or family structure.  

While you are here for the Christmas party, make sure to stop by and have a look at our Giving Tree, which will be set up in the Adult Fiction Section. This is our second year of setting up the tree, which gives library users a simple way to pay it forward this holiday season. Pull a tag off the tree and take it to the circulation desk to pay the fine printed on it. Once it is paid, library staff will phone the cardholder to let them know that they have received a gift from another library user. There will be tags in a wide range of prices, from 25 cents to $50 or more, so it is an easy way for library users, even the youngest of patrons, to make someone smile this holiday season. 

Nicole Bannick is the Program Coordinator of the Camrose Public Library. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family, Christmas baking, teasing her Mum about lutefisk, and fighting with her siblings for the last piece of lefse. 


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