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The Fort Saskatchewan Public Library Board of Trustees thanks library patrons and residents for your incredibly generous support of the 2014 holiday book drive.
350 new books were donated and purchased for “A Book for Every Child,” and the “Lights Up For Literacy” campaign raised $341.
In partnership with the Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers’ Society, books will be distributed with Christmas Food Hampers to children and teens in our community who otherwise would not receive a book for Christmas.
Readers and writers alike are in for a year-long treat, as Gail Sidonie Sobat has been named a 2015 Metro Federation Writer in Residence.
As the regional Writer in Residence, Gail Sidonie Sobat will split her time between Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert, with multiple-month stints in each community. She is the founder and director of the Spoken Word Youth Choir and an instructor in the professional writing program at MacEwan University. Sobat has a master’s degree in English from the University of Alberta in children’s literature, specializing in fantasy. Her work has been published in academic and literary journals and anthologies, and has been broadcast on radio and performed on stage. She is also an award-winning teacher, and professional actor and singer. Sobat has been writer in residence in several Edmonton schools, at Queen’s University, in Doha, Qatar, at the University of Alberta through the Canadian Authors Association and recently at the UN International School of Hanoi.
She is looking forward to mentoring aspiring writers, and hosting readings and workshops.
“I am over-the-moon excited to be one of the new Writers in Residence for the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries, as I’ve lived, worked, taught or sung in all of the representative communities,” said Sobat. “The position is a dream come true – it’s wonderful to do this exciting work in my own city and province. Meeting people is one of my joys in life, and I look forward to connecting with writers and readers of all ages.”
While in residence, Sobat will devote roughly half her time to mentoring other writers and the other half to working on pursuing her adult novel-in-progress and a new collection of poetry.
Says David Larsen, Fort Saskatchewan Public Library Director, “We are pleased to once again offer guidance, advice, and information to aspiring writers in the Fort Saskatchewan area through a talented and accomplished author, this year’s Writer in Residence being Gail Sidonie Sobat. Certainly, the consultations will be enlightening, productive, and enjoyable to all who take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”
Gail is “in residence” at Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park from January to April 2015, followed by Fort Saskatchewan Public Library from May to June. Her program information will be made available as soon as possible.
For more information, visit www.metrowir.com (updated information available by January 1st).
Jason Arbour, Area Supervisor from Plains Midstream Canada visited the library on November 25 to present a $5,000 cheque to Board Chair, Kathy Stevenson.
The donated funds will be used to better meet the needs of our community by purchasing new library materials, technology, and signature pieces of furniture and artwork.
Plains Midstream's donation will be recognized with signage on the Library's Nonfiction Collection and our donor wall.
Photo: David Larsen, Alix Hennig, Gail Shkolny, Kathy Stevenson, Jason Arbour
Our holiday hours are:
Tuesday, December 23 – 10 am - 9 pm
Wednesday, December 24 – CLOSED
Thursday, December 25 – CLOSED
Friday, December 26 – CLOSED
Saturday, December 27 – 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, December 31 – 10 am to 2 pm
Thursday, January 01 - CLOSED
Friday, January 02 – 10 am to 6 pm
Computer access: Just enter your FSPL barcode (no spaces) and PIN (last 4 digits of phone number) when prompted.
- Available anywhere, anytime
- More than 150 classic and brand-new books
- New books added regularly
- All books based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum
- Includes 4 different kinds of eBooks: read along books, audio books, animated books, and interactive books
The Multimedia TV station in the Teen area is now operational and available for use.
Remote controls are available at the Circulation Desk. There are two sets of extra headphones if more than two people want to use the station (there are two headphones sets permanently installed).
A guide for patrons is at the station.