Get your COVID-19 Vaccine at LPL!

Get your COVID-19 vaccine at Lethbridge Public Library! Alberta Health Services staff will be at the Main Branch on Wednesday afternoons from 2 - 3 p.m. until December 15. No appointment necessary. AHS staff can give first, second, or booster COVID-19 vaccinations and will also be offering flu vaccines.

For COVID-19:

  • Third doses are now available for FNMI ages 18 and over that had their second dose 6 months ago.
  • Third doses are available for seniors ages 70+.  Must wait at least 6 months after second dose.

2021 Virtual Writer in Residence

The Lethbridge Public Library is proud to announce our 2021 Virtual Writer in Residence, Richard Van Camp!

The Writer in Residence program is designed to champion the joy of reading, foster an understanding of the craft of writing and offer library patrons the chance to connect with and learn from a published author. Richard is booking one-on-one appointments through November and December, and will be presenting a four-week workshop series from November 28 to December 19.

Richard Van Camp is a proud Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. He is the author of 26 books in 26 years.  He is best known for his 1996 novel The Lesser Blessed, which was adapted into a film by director Anita Doron in 2012. In the past several years, Richard has been the Storyteller in Residence for Calgary Public Library, and the Writer in Residence at the Metro Federation of Edmonton Libraries. He has also been the Writer in Residence at the University of Alberta, Yellowhead Tribal College and MacEwan University. He has also been the Writer in Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.

Book Your Appointment Here

Please note, one-on-one appointments will be scheduled on Zoom, and are limited to one per person, for members of the Lethbridge Public Library and Chinook Arch Regional Library System.

Workshop Series

Date: November 28 - December 19 on Sundays at 2:00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom

Richard Van Camp will be offering a 4-part workshop series as a part of his residency. Workshops will run on every Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00, November 28 - December 19.
Session details are below. You will be enrolled in all four workshops when you register.

Register for Workshop Series

Fiction Workshop – November 28
In this fun and empowering fiction workshop, best-selling author Richard Van Camp will share techniques about designing characters and he'll talk about why we need conflict. He'll talk about how the "story is the boss" and he'll also host a Q and A session where you can ask about publishers, agents--whatever you wish. Homework will be given so please do join us for the Fiction 2 workshop on December 19th where you can check in with the other writers you've met and our hope is that you form a Lethbridge Writing Group Collective where you meet every full moon to exchange manuscripts and encouragement.

Storytelling Workshop – December 5
Storytellers, come join us for great visiting online and share with us your best miracle or ghost story or both! This workshop will celebrate the craft of what makes a great oral story and we can talk about the protocols around receiving permission to share a story from someone you admire. See you there and let's have fun sharing our very best with each other and lifting each other's spirits.

Gathering Family Medicines – December 12
In this empowering workshop, Richard Van Camp will share tips on how to honour your family and your community and to use this time to not wait to record your Elders, Knowledge Keepers and family members, and Richard will share why this matters now more than ever. He will give you several techniques to record the stories you've always wanted to honour for yourself, your family and for future generations. He'll also talk about how to embrace technology to honour people you admire, as well. 

Fiction Workshop II – December 19
Writers who joined us for the first Fiction Workshop are encouraged to return and check in with this workshop and share with us how they've been doing with their manuscripts and their assigned homework. This will be fun as we will explore the power of dialogue and character transformation.
 


Indigenous Learning Circle, December Crafts

CRAFT KITS 
Beaded Earrings &  Elk Hide Pouch
Email marilyn.contois@lethlib.ca to register by indicating which craft kit you want to pick up.
An email with instructions will be sent.
"PICK UP DECEMBER 6-21" WHILE SUPPLIES LAST


Read The World

Can't travel in real life?
Travel with books!

We challenge you to read a book written by an author from each continent in 2021, and explore the globe from the comfort of home. Track your reading with our special passport, and watch this site (and our Instagram!) for special bonus challenges.  

Anyone in grades 7-12 with an LPL or Chinook Arch membership can take part and enter for prizes.

Think over what you've read in 2021, and then fill out this form to share the challenges you completed.  Each challenge has its own prize pack, and winners will be notified in January 2022.

Download your passport below, and start reading!
(tip: if you're printing it out, choose the "booklet" setting)


Library Closed

Holiday Hours for Lethbridge Public Library: 
December 24 - Closed at 4 PM
December 25 - Closed
December 26 - Closed
December 31 - Closed at 4 PM
January 1 - Closed


2022 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. From the over 400 entries submitted into the Festival each year, award-winning films and audience favorites are carefully selected to travel the globe. This year’s tour will feature a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films. Traveling to stunning landscapes and remote vistas, the 2021/2022 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.
 
View Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Introduction
 
Live Screening
 
Date:
January 14, 2022 at 7:00pm
Venue: Yates Memorial Theatre
 
Tickets go on sale December 6, 2021 at 10:00am at the Main Branch Customer Service Desk only.

  • Adult Tickets: $25
  • Senior Tickets: $20
  • Child Tickets: $20

 
In the event that the festival must be cancelled tickets will be refunded.
 
Virtual Screenings
 
Want to watch the Banff Mountain Film Festival from the comfort of your home? You can watch two unique programs from the 2021/22 festival or past festival programs. Choose when you want to watch!

Rental Price: $18.50
 
CLICK HERE FOR VIRTUAL PROGRAM
 


Word on the Street Fall Reading Series: Casey Plett

Date: December 9, 2021 at 7:00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom

Join Lethbridge Public Library as we host award-winning, Casey Plett as a part of our Word on the Street Fall Reading Series. Casey will be discussing her short story collection, A Dream of a Woman, in an online interview. Audience questions will be welcome.

REGISTER HERE

Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Award-winning novelist Casey Plett returns with a poignant suite of stories that center transgender women.

Casey Plett's 2018 novel Little Fish won a Lambda Literary Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and the Amazon First Novel Award. Her latest work, A Dream of a Woman, is her first book of short stories since her seminal 2014 collection A Safe Girl to Love. Centering transgender women seeking stable, adult lives, A Dream of a Woman finds quiet truths in prairie high-rises and New York warehouses, in freezing Canadian winters and drizzly Oregon days.

In "Hazel and Christopher," two childhood friends reconnect as adults after one of them has transitioned. In "Perfect Places," a woman grapples with undesirability as she navigates fetish play with a man. In "Couldn't Hear You Talk Anymore," the narrator reflects on her tumultuous life and what might have been as she recalls tender moments with another trans woman.

An ethereal meditation on partnership, sex, addiction, romance, groundedness, and love, the stories in A Dream of a Woman buzz with quiet intensity and the intimate complexities of being human.

Casey Plett is the author of the novel Little Fish (Arsenal Pulp Press) and the short story collection A Safe Girl to Love (Topside Press), and co-editor of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers (Topside Press). She wrote a column on transitioning for McSweeney's Internet Tendency and her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Maclean's, The Walrus, Plenitude, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction and received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. She lives in Windsor, Ontario.


Great Books for Your Child

Do you have a young reader in your family? Are you not sure about what book to get them for the holidays? Then check out the lists below!

For chapter books, click HERE.

For picture books, click HERE.


Word on the Street Fall Reading Series: Dawn Dumont

Date: December 16, 2021 at 7:00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom

Join us as we host the final speaker in our Fall Reading Series, Dawn Dumont. Dawn will be discussing her book, The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour, in an online interview with reading. Audience questions are encouraged.

REGISTER HERE

The hilarious story of an unlikely group of Indigenous dancers who find themselves thrown together on a performance tour of Europe.

The Tour is all prepared. The Prairie Chicken dance troupe is all set for a fifteen-day trek through Europe, performing at festivals and cultural events. But then the performers all come down with the flu. And John Greyeyes, a retired cowboy who hasn’t danced in fifteen years, finds himself abruptly thrust into the position of leading a hastily-assembled group of replacement dancers.

A group of expert dancers they are not. There’s a middle-aged woman with advanced arthritis, her nineteen-year-old niece who is far more interested in flirtations than pow-wow, and an enigmatic man from the U.S. — all being chased by Nadine, the organizer of the original tour who is determined to be a part of the action, and the handsome man she picked up in a gas-station bathroom. They’re all looking to John, who has never left the continent, to guide them through a world that he knows nothing about. As the gang makes its way from one stop to another, absolutely nothing goes as planned and the tour becomes a string of madcap adventures.

The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour is loosely based — like, hospital-gown loose — on the true story of a group of Indigenous dancers who left Saskatchewan and toured through Europe in the 1970s. Dawn Dumont brings her signature razor-sharp wit and impeccable comedic timing to this hilarious, warm, and wildly entertaining novel.

Dawn Dumont is from the Okanese Cree Nation, located in southern Saskatchewan. She is the award-winning writer of Nobody Cries at Bingo, Rose’s Run and Glass Beads. Dawn is a keynote speaker, comedian and humourist for Eaglefeather News and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.


Events Calendar

Week of December 6 2021

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
All day
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
10:00 am
 
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
2:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
4:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 pm