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Another great partnership!
On November 28, Patsy Hawryluk, Co-op Store Manager, and Darcy Pinnell, Assistant Store Manager, presented the library with $2,002. These funds were raised by selling "light bulbs" to Co-op customers, as part of the Library Board's Book For Every Child program.
Accepting on behalf of the library were David Larsen, Library Director, and Renetta Peddle, Library Board Member. Thank you!!!
This past September, the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library was pleased to host a video crew from AMI-TV to film a segment for the cable TV network’s “ATW Weekend Edition” program. Accessible Media Inc.’s TV network is carried across Canada within basic cable packages. The “AMI This Week” and “ATW Weekend Edition” programs explore topics related to individuals with accessibility challenges and the resources available to them.
Having learned of our Adaptive Technology station and other accessibility resources available to our library users, reporter Wade Brown and crew interviewed Library Director David Larsen and Operations Manager Kerri Twigge to learn more. The segment aired across Canada on the November 11th edition of “ATW Weekend Edition.” The piece is now available through their website at http://bit.ly/2gmOU8E
Libraries name 2017 Writers in Residence
Richard Van Camp taking up residence at FSPL
FORT SASKATCHEWAN, AB, November 24, 2016 – Creative minds interested in everything from playwriting and film to children’s books and graphic novels can look forward to a year of access to Richard Van Camp and David van Belle, who have been named the 2017 Metro Federation Writers in Residence.
The Metro Federation is a consortium of four libraries: Edmonton Public Library, Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, St. Albert Public Library and Strathcona County Library. Each is a partner in this venture and will play host to a Writer in Residence over the coming 12 months.
The Metro Federation Writer in Residence program is wrapping up its fourth year, and 2016 writers Wayne Arthurson and Marty Chan will pass the torch at a celebration event on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Strathcona County Library.
“The Writer in Residence program allows budding and professional writers from all walks of life to learn directly from accomplished authors, accessible one-on-one at our library,” said David Larsen, Library Director of FSPL. “We are excited to welcome Richard Van Camp this spring, who will certainly bring a wealth of experience, cultural insight, and encouragement to our local authors.”
As the regional Writer in Residence, Richard Van Camp will split his time between Fort Saskatchewan (from May to June), St. Albert and Strathcona County, with multiple-month stints in each community. An internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, he is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. His work, which includes baby books, children’s books, comic books, graphic novels and films, has been translated into a variety of Indigenous languages and adapted for the screen.
“I’m thrilled to be this gypsy of a mentor who can help out in several locations during my residency,” said Van Camp. “I’m over the moon for this opportunity to share my 20 years’ experience with writers who want to hone their craft.”
Van Camp wrote for CBC’s North of 60 under their Writer Internship Program, and was a script and cultural consultant for four seasons. He taught creative writing and storytelling at both the University of British Columbia and the Emily Carr Institute. He has been a Writer in Residence before – spending 2011 with the University of Alberta and 2013-2014 with MacEwan University. Van Camp is currently shooting the movie Three Feathers in his hometown in each of the official languages of the South Slave Region: Dene, Bush Cree, South Slavey and English.
Born in Amsterdam and raised all over Canada, David van Belle is a relative newcomer to Edmonton and will call EPL home for the whole of 2017. He is a playwright, director, actor and theatre deviser who has been Co-Artistic Director of Ghost River Theatre, an ensemble member of One Yellow Rabbit and playwright-in-residence at Alberta Theatre Projects.
“It’s an honour to be able to set up shop at the Edmonton Public Library,” said van Belle. “I’m looking forward to digging into Edmonton’s exciting writing and theatrical community. I’m fascinated by people’s lives and the ways in which they live them – and I know there are many stories in this city that can be told many ways.”
van Belle has created such works as BUZZ JOB! The True Story of Cal Cavendish with Kris Demeanor and The Invisible Project during a month-long residency at Calgary’s largest homeless shelter. He is also a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award, several Betty Mitchell awards and numerous other citations, as well as being a multiple nominee for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood prize in playwriting.
While in residence, each writer will devote roughly half their time to mentoring other writers and the other half to working on personal writing projects.
Local scribes can take advantage of numerous programs and workshops with both writers, and will also have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with them. Those who want to book some time with either Writer in Residence can visit metrowir.com after Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 to contact them.
For more information, visit metrowir.com.
Richard's books in our catalogue are here.
Photo credit Mark Mushet.
Richard's books in our catalogue are here.
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