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On April 14, 2014 David Larsen became the Library Director of the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, replacing Angela Kublik who held the position for 8 years.  Larsen brings with him a wealth of experience.  Most recently he was Director of Libraries for The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida.  Prior to that he was the Head Librarian for 5 years at the Town of Cochrane’s Public Library where he managed all aspects of library operations.  Early on in his career he was a Children’s Librarian.

Library Board Chair, Kathy Stevenson, advised that the board trustees are looking forward to working with David as the newly expanded and renovated Library will be offering more programming and adding to the collection.  “One of David’s strengths is his understanding of how technology can be successfully integrated into the traditional Library.”

David says “I am very excited to join the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library team.  The opportunity to lead the library into the future for such a growing and vibrant community shall certainly be a privilege."

 

Book Club
The Book Club meets in the library's Program Room on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2 pm.

At the April 23 meeting, we will be discussing The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa.
A relationship blossoms between a brilliant math professor suffering from short term memory problems following a traumatic head injury and the young housekeeper, mother of a 10-year-old son, hired to care for him.

Thank you to the Government of Alberta for providing funding through

the Community Spirit Grant program to purchase new children’s books for our new children’s area.

 

 

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.

UPDATE: As of March 2014, the Shortgrass 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

  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.

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.

Her workshop schedule is available here.

Interested in meeting Margaret and booking a free consultation?  Find out more at www.metrowir.com.