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In a year when the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 27 has already donated over $100,000 to various community groups and programs, once again the veterans of our great city and the members of the Legion have found yet another way to support the community. This time, they are contributing $2,500 towards the Public Library’s “Enrich the Experience” community fundraising campaign.
In making this announcement, Legion President Dutchy Enders, proudly highlighted some of the Legion’s past contributions to such activities as the Meals on Wheels Program, the CT scanner at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital, the Cadets, and numerous sports teams in the city. “We are very pleased and proud to make this donation to the Library”, said Enders. “It only seems natural that we make a contribution to what has been, and continues to be, a very important center of activity and learning for so many people”.
Library Board Vice Chair, Ian Hunt, acknowledged and thanked the Legion and its members for their generous donation. He noted that: “Knowing how hard the Legion works to enrich the community, it means a great deal to us that they have chosen to donate this $2,500 to the new Library …. $2,500 that will be used to help build and enhance the Library’s Large Print Collection”.
Photo: Angela Kublik, Library Director; Bill St. Thomas, Legion member; Ian Hunt, FSPL Board Vice Chair; and Tom Emes, Legion member
The Fort Saskatchewan Public Library (FSPL) will welcome Natasha Deen, writer in residence, as part of a new collaboration with the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries.
Deen will spend November and December 2013 at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library after working at the St. Albert Public Library and the Strathcona County Library for four months each. During her time in Fort Saskatchewan she will run writing programs for adults and be available for one-on-one consultations with budding writers to help develop their writing skills. Her workshops will focus on various aspects of the writing process, and she has early programs planned on breaking down the story format, publishing and editing, nurturing the creative spirit and creating compelling plots.
Deen is a multi-published author who straddles both the independent and the traditional sides of the industry, and brings with her professional editing experience. Her novella What Happens in Vegas won the 2012 International Digital Book Award and her novel Ethan’s Chase was nominated for a 2008 CAPA Award for excellence in romance. Her experience includes working as a writing instructor with the Young Alberta Book Society, Edmonton Public Library, Metro Continuing Education, WordsWorth Writing Camp, YouthWrite and the Writers Guild of Alberta. She will be working on a fiction novel during her residency, a 1970s murder mystery based in Edmonton.
"Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about being the Regional Writer in Residence!” said Deen. “I hope to create a safe, welcoming environment where writers can share their work and ask questions to help them learn and excel in both the artistic and business sides of the writing field.”
Natasha Deen will begin her residency at FSPL on November 5. Her first workshop begins on November 6. For her schedule of workshops and consultation hours, visit http://www.fspl.ca/find-more/writers-residence .
The Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries is a partnership between St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County and Edmonton public libraries which works to share resources and collaborate on systems and good practices. “The Writer in Residence program is a great example of how the public libraries in the Edmonton area are working together to enhance our customer service,” said Pilar Martinez, EPL Executive Director of Public Services. “By collaborating on programs, events and staff training, we share best practices and learn from each other.”
The Federation has appointed two writers in residence in 2013: Omar Mouallem is based at the Edmonton Public Library, but collaborates with Natasha Deen on projects throughout the year. The WIRs spend half their time on library programs and projects, and the other half on personal writing projects.
In the photo: Stacey Wenger, Public Services Librarian and Natasha Deen, Writer in Residence visit Mix 107.9 studios on Monday, November 04
October is Canadian Library Month— and libraries in the Metro Edmonton area have come together to offer an amazing deal for library patrons.
Anyone who is a member of the Edmonton, St. Albert, Strathcona County or Fort Saskatchewan libraries can now apply for a free upgrade to their existing library membership card, which entitles them to borrow items from any of these libraries.
The ‘me’ card opens up a world of possibilities for patrons, providing access to the combined collections of the Metro Edmonton Federation libraries – over 3 million items —and a simple online registration process is all that’s required.
“It’s exciting to offer even more choice and convenience in both collection and location to library card holders,” said Library Director Angela Kublik. “With the ‘me’ card, there is no need to carry multiple library cards around because patrons will use the card they already have from Edmonton, St. Albert, Strathcona County or Fort Saskatchewan, and they can also return their borrowed items to any of these libraries.”
Due to licensing restrictions, eBooks and other digital content cannot be part of the new borrowing privileges, but those who sign up for a ‘me’ card will be able to access physical collections and programs on offer at each of the participating libraries.
“The ‘me’ card removes barriers and offers patrons even more value from their library card—no more reciprocal fees, the ability to place holds on any books regardless of which library they belong to, and access to thousands of fun, educational and informative programs across the region,” said Kublik. “The ‘me’ card will be especially useful to those who live in one town and work or study in another, with the ability to use whichever library is the most convenient on any particular day.”
Library cards can be upgraded at www.melibraries.ca