Honoring Indigenous Youth Talent

Extended: Oct 30-Nov 30.
Top prizes to be drawn Dec 1.
Gift Cards-Gift Certificates
$100 Eagle Spirit Gifts
$100 The Craft Store
$100 Ultimate Dining 
Two $50 Galaxy Cinemas 
Two $50 Analog Books Inc.
Registration Link: lethlib.wufoo.com/forms/w1v67xdd0yfnjny/
Indigenous, Metis and Inuit youth ages 0-18 who want to share their talent and live in the Chinook Arch Regional Library Area.
Singing, drumming, dancing, artwork, stories, poetry, skateboarding and beyond. 
Email marilyn.contois@lethlib.ca if you require more information. 



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.
 


Word on the Street Fall Reading Series: Genevieve Graham

Date: December 2, 2021 at 7:00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom

Join the library as we host the latest author in our Word on the Street Fall Reading Series, Genevieve Graham. Genevieve will be discussing her latest book, Letters Across the Sea, in an online interview with author reading. Audience questions are welcome.

REGISTER HERE

Inspired by a little-known chapter of World War II history, a young Protestant girl and her Jewish neighbour are caught up in the terrible wave of hate sweeping the globe on the eve of war in this powerful love story that’s perfect for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

If you’re reading this letter, that means I’m dead. I had obviously hoped to see you again, to explain in person, but fate had other plans.

1933

At eighteen years old, Molly Ryan dreams of becoming a journalist, but instead she spends her days working any job she can to help her family through the Depression crippling her city. The one bright spot in her life is watching baseball with her best friend, Hannah Dreyfus, and sneaking glances at Hannah’s handsome older brother, Max.

But as the summer unfolds, more and more of Hitler’s hateful ideas cross the sea and “Swastika Clubs” and “No Jews Allowed” signs spring up around Toronto, a city already simmering with mass unemployment, protests, and unrest. When tensions between the Irish and Jewish communities erupt in a riot one smouldering day in August, Molly and Max are caught in the middle, with devastating consequences for both their families.

1939

Six years later, the Depression has eased and Molly is a reporter at her local paper. But a new war is on the horizon, putting everyone she cares about most in peril. As letters trickle in from overseas, Molly is forced to confront what happened all those years ago, but is it too late to make things right?

From the desperate streets of Toronto to the embattled shores of Hong Kong, Letters Across the Sea is a poignant novel about the enduring power of love to cross dangerous divides even in the darkest of times—from the #1 bestselling author of The Forgotten Home Child.

Genevieve Graham is the USA TODAY and #1 bestselling author of The Forgotten Home Child, Letters Across the Sea, Tides of Honour, Promises to Keep, Come from Away, and At the Mountain’s Edge. Her latest novel, Bluebird, will be published April 2022. She is passionate about breathing life back into Canadian history through tales of love and adventure. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit her at GenevieveGraham.com or on Twitter and Instagram @GenGrahamAuthor.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Training with consultant Tymmarah Mackie

Join the Lethbridge Public Library, and Tymmarah Mackie to learn more about equity, diversity, and inclusion. These sessions will provide participants with a robust, shared understanding of what we talk about when we refer to equity, diversity and inclusion, and why equity, diversity and inclusion are keys to the success of organizations as well as individuals.

Tymmarah (Tymm) Mackie is an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Expert. She has worked and volunteered in the industry for over 15 years and is considered a subject matter expert across Canada, providing support, advice and training to municipalities, universities, libraries, and other organizations. She has a Master’s degree in Intercultural & International Communication and is a Certified Human Rights Facilitator and KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator.

Tymm is delighted to be working with the Lethbridge Public Library delivering training and information sessions about equity, diversity, and inclusion related topics.

Unconscious Bias
Unconscious biases are social stereotypes that we are unaware of which affect our relationships at work, at home and in our community. Explore and discuss bias, prejudice, assumptions, and stereotypes, and how they affect our relationships with others. Learn how to move past these barriers to support your organization in becoming more welcoming, diverse, and inclusive. (3 hours)
Session:

October 19 @ 1:00 pm  (via Zoom) register here

Exploring Diversity and Inclusion – Who are “we”? 
Who are the people in your neighbourhood? Examine different dimensions of diversity and what inclusion really means. Identify and learn about diverse populations plus the challenges and barriers they face. (2 ½ hours)

Session: 

October 26 @ 1:00 pm (Via Zoom) register here

Engaging Ethno Cutural Communities

This session explores meaningful ways to connect with diverse cultural populations in your community by learning how to navigate cultural differences. (2 hours)
Session:

November 27 @ 10:00 am (Via Zoom) register here 

Multifaith - Understanding and Respecting Religious Differences 
This session explores religious diversity among us - the simularities and differences, truths and myths. (2.5 hours)
Session:

December 4 @ 10:00 am (Via Zoom) register here







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.


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.


Board Diversity Educational Sessions

Lethbridge Public Library will offer Board Diversity Educational Sessions based on the Board Diversity Development Program being offered through Volunteer Lethbridge. The purpose of the educational sessions is to deliver information to the broad community on topics of interest to volunteer boards and the community at large.

The Lethbridge Public Library Board Diversity Educational Sessions will mirror the Board Diversity Development Program at Volunteer Lethbridge with the only difference being that the Library’s sessions are information delivery only whereas the Program at Volunteer Lethbridge will include interactive components including participant discussions and self-reflective activities.

Join Tymmarah Mackie in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library and Volunteer Lethbridge for Board Diversity Training

Section 1: The Importance of Diversity and Leadership - why diversity is important for non-profit boards. November 4 @ 7:00 Via Zoom
Register HERE 

Section 2: Let's Get Started - anti racism organizational change process. November 25th @ 7:00 Via Zoom
Register HERE

Section 3: Tools and Strategies - tools and tips for becoming more diverse and inclusive. December 2nd @ 7:00 Via Zoom
Register HERE

Section 4: Putting Your Plan Into Action - diversity policies, recruitment strategies, and board mentorship. December 9th @ 7:00 Via Zoom
Register HERE

Section 5: Accountability Framework and Evaluation - be accountable and measure your progress. December 16th @ 7:00 Via Zoom
Register HERE


Tutor Training

Do you want to be a tutor? 


Click on the file below for more information on the role and expectations of tutoring at Read On. To register as a tutor click here

For more information call 403-320-4701 or email us at readon@lethlib.ca


Flights of Fantasy Writing Club

Calling all science fiction and fantasy authors! Come join our brand new Flights of Fantasy Writing club. Whether you're looking to be published, just writing for yourself, or are wanting to improve your fanfic skills, this is a perfect club for adult writers who are interested in speculative fiction.

We meet over Zoom on the second Thursday of every month. To attend, please register HERE.

The registration link is recurring for all sessions of Flights of Fantasy.

Upcoming meeting dates are:
November 4 (1 week early)
December 9


Adult Events Calendar

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