New chapter for adult programmer at the library
The Camrose Public Library was honoured during the City Council meeting on Monday for their numerous community programs. (Back row from left) Jessie Bennett, Morgan Sorensen, Jennifer McDevitt, Veronica Bergsten, Wayne Throndson, Greg Wood, PJ Stasko;( Front row from left) Jennifer Laskosky, Kevin Hycha, Agnes Hoveland, Cathie Johnson, Liana Nand, Mayor Mayer, Deb Cryderman, Carley Angelstad, Nicole Bannick. Josh Aldrich/Camrose Canadian
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
— A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
This column begins and ends with a journey and an adventure.
The journey begins as a tragedy, but only for an instant because this article is a love story. Circumstances out of my control brought me to the Camrose Public Library where I was welcomed with open arms. I have absolutely loved working at the library. I have loved getting to know the patrons. I have loved learning about health, gardening, driving, birds, etc. I have loved learning about the community. I have loved creating adult programs. All the poetry in the world wouldn’t be able to convey my deepest feelings about this marvellous establishment.
This article is about how the Camrose Public Library is an absolutely amazing space. There are more than books, magazines, realia, Daisy Readers, and DVDs in these walls; the patrons, the staff, and the volunteers are incredible. The sheer number and variety of programs held in the Camrose Public Library are equal to none. The library is a community space. Learning happens. The people in this community are always willing to present on any given topic. Patrons continuously attend, ask informed questions, and often leave having learned something new or useful. Check out http://cpl.prl.ab.ca/ for dates and times of programs.
This article is a journey of growth. The Battle River Community Foundation made it possible for more regular adult programming. The Camrose Library Board and the Camrose Library staff gave freedom and trust for innovative and creative programs. The Camrose community has been generous enough to volunteer their time and present on interesting topics. Patrons were open minded and came to listen to a variety of topics. Patrons were able to learn, craft, play, and laugh. Coming from a very vulnerable time in my life, I was able to use my energy, my skill set, and finally live up to my potential. It warms my heart to see some of the programs we began with only a handful of people transform into regular programs with familiar faces.
This article is a gigantic thank you. The board, the staff, the patrons, and the volunteer presenters have all helped create outstanding adult programs. I feel quite redundant in mentioning everyone over and over and over again, however, the programs were made successful because of their attendance and participation. I will be forever grateful and thankful for this simply wonderful opportunity.
This article ends with a new journey and a new adventure. Please welcome your new adult programmer with as much enthusiasm and support as you have welcomed me.
This article is my goodbye.
Upcoming programs in June:
• Deanna Trzeciakowski, kinesiologist at the Healthy Living Clinic presents ‘Exercise: The All-Around Pill’ ‘Is your pocket bogged down by the weight of too many pills and medications? Good news. Falls prevention doesn’t have to add to that weight. Come join your friendly neighbourhood kinesiologist on June 7 at 1 p.m. to learn about what you can do to minimize your risk of having a fall.
• Join local author, Andre R. Black, as he discusses how he wrote his book, Freedom — Conformity Is Self-Imposed Slavery. “Visionaries will always be seen as persons out of touch with reality, while realists rarely see that it was a vision that imitated reality. In acceptance of our differences, we will find peace and harmony.” Books will be available for purchase. June 13 at 1 p.m.
• Join Daniel Simms, PhD History and Indigenous Studies Augustana Campus, and Erin Sutherland, PhD Cultural Studies Augustana Campus, for two Indigenous films and discussion during the NFB Film Series at 1 p.m. on June 22
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 was the Adult Programmer at the Camrose Public Library. She is going to miss planning and implementing programs but will be back to visit and take part in as many programs as she can!