Never stop learning at the library

By Lisa Cumming, Camrose Canadian Lifestyles Contributor

Author Shari Narine will be at the Camrose Public Library on Feb. 14 to talk about her novel ‘Oil Change at Rath’s Garage.’ Supplied

Author Shari Narine will be at the Camrose Public Library on Feb. 14 to talk about her novel ‘Oil Change at Rath’s Garage.’ Supplied

"I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.”  


— Vincent Van Gogh 


From the moment we are born, we begin learning.  

Much of this early learning is experiential in nature. Babies and children learn through their actions and the actions of others; they learn to relate to the world immediately around them. Research about early literacy mentions that parents or caregivers who read to babies and children encourage children to become better listeners, attain greater language skills and vocabulary, and build stronger relationships together.  

From ages five or six through 18 children enter the school system. Children learn formal curriculum based educational concepts, they also learn informally through their friends. There are many pros and cons with this learning, depending on their friends.  

Once they become young adults, they have choices to make: post-secondary education, trade schools, or directly enter the workforce. Regardless of what choice the young adult makes, they will still need to learn. Employers expect employees to continue to access and use new information to become more skilled or knowledgeable in their jobs. From using a new computer program, to working the GPS on the combine, to researching the newest theories on concussions, everyone continuously updates their job skills.   

What happens when we finish school, post-secondary education, or even retire? Do we quit learning?No. We constantly change and learn in formal and informal settings throughout our entire lives. Once we have left formal schooling and training, we can chose our own path based on our interests. This type of learning is ongoing and can be as tedious or as complicated as we choose. There are a multitude of choices at our fingertips. This type of learning can become even more fulfilling and engaging than many previous learning experiences. People can become more creative, be more able to adapt to an ever-changing society, communicate with others within their community, and improve their quality of life. Self-esteem and confidence blooms and grows to new heights as you take on new challenges, new risks, and more knowledge. Even the way people learn has changed. There are countless new options available for people to learn from. 

As people grow and change throughout life, so have libraries grown and changed. Libraries began as far back as the ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Islamic, and Chinese civilizations. Initially, libraries began as archives for government and religious scrolls. In England during the 1600’s, libraries began opening up to the public and to schools. By the 1800’s, libraries began lending out their materials. In the 21st century libraries have evolved to more than just lending books; libraries host new and exciting programs for people of all ages, libraries lend out binoculars, snowshoes, and giant board games.  

The Camrose Public Library offers many opportunities for lifelong learning. The complete CPL schedule can be found at the library, on our website http://cpl.prl.ab.ca, and on Facebook. 

• The Hospice Society of Camrose and District host a monthly Death Café. The next conversation will be Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.  

• Spanish Circle meets from 3-4 p.m. every Monday.  

• French Circle meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m.  

• Mango offers online language instruction for 72 different languages.  

• Got Ukulele is every Monday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Beginners and experienced strummers are welcome. Borrow a ukulele from the library.  

• Make and Take is the second Tuesday of the month from 1-2 p.m. Please register for this program by calling 780-672-4214 and make two greeting cards.  

• Technology Tutoring for adults happens every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. From Feb. 8 until March 1 we will be learning about online safety for all devices. All skill levels are welcome.  

• Yarns: A Needlework Program is every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch and your project and join other crafty people in a puddle of sun for a lunchtime creative visit.  

• Local Author Visit: Join Shari Narine, originally from Daysland and alumni of Camrose Lutheran College, for a reading from, Q&A about, and signing of her novel Oil Change at Rath’s Garage on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.  

Keep learning. Keep growing. Keep exploring. Open your mind to new ideas and concepts. Let everyday be a new adventure. For more information about these programs, please call 780-672-4214. 

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.  

Lisa Cumming, Adult Programmer at the Camrose Public Library, loves Mexican food, spontaneous adventures, and playing the ukulele! 


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