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While the rest of us get ready for Christmas and plan New Years’ resolutions, two local authors are getting ready to embark on a year-long adventure with legions of readers and writers. These two hardy souls are Margaret Macpherson and Jason Lee Norman, and they’ve just been announced as the Metro Federation Writers in Residence for 2014.
The Writer in Residence program is just wrapping up its first year, and 2013 Writers in Residence Natasha Deen and Omar Mouallem will be passing the torch to their successors at a celebration event on the evening of December 10, at Edmonton Public Library’s Stanley A. Milner branch. This free event is open to everyone and runs from 7 PM - 9 PM.
As the regional Writer in Residence, Margaret Macpherson will split her time between Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert, with multiple-month stints in each community. Margaret has an MFA from the University of British Columbia and extensive experience as a lecturer and community facilitator. She also has a passion for libraries and is a strong advocate for lifelong learning and the arts. "I love the idea of connecting people in the literary world with each other,” she says. “Creating writing groups, putting people in touch with the right press, the best publisher, the most supportive group for their particular genre is all about creating community among and between fellow writers. It's thrilling to have that opportunity."
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 writers can take advantage of numerous programs and workshops, but also have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with the writers. Over her term, Margaret plans to pursue a work of creative non-fiction titled “Not the Caribou Queen,” based on her childhood experiences growing up in Canada’s North, while Jason will work on a novel featuring the bridges of Edmonton.
“We are so excited to offer this program to residents of Fort Saskatchewan again,” says Angela Kublik, Library Director. “Natasha Deen’s programs and consultations have been in high demand and I know that Margaret will offer a new approach that will be valuable to local writers.”
Margaret is “in residence” at Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park from January to April 2014, followed by Fort Saskatchewan in the spring. Her program information will be made available as soon as possible. Fort Saskatchewan patrons are welcome to attend Margaret's programs and services at any participating library throughout the year.
Interested in meeting Margaret and booking a free consultation? Find out more at www.metrowir.com.
Saturday, December 14 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Drop in to enjoy a free story hour and cookies with Santa Claus!
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
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.
UPDATE: As of December 2013, the Parkland Regional Library system is now a participating library.
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