Letters for Lethbridge

Libraries are all about stories - but we're also about community!

As part of our 100th anniversary celebrations we are collecting YOUR stories about Lethbridge. We want to capture the experience of living in Lethbridge up to and including the year 2019 to create our version of a time capsule.

The stories will be gathered and reviewed by a team of story experts - including our Writer in Residence - and up to 100 will be chosen to be included in a bound copy of Letters for Lethbridge to be made available on the shelves of the Lethbridge Public Library.

To learn more about Letters for Lethbridge download our brochure and check out our writing resources.

Our writing resources list is also available online via our catalogue.

When you're ready to submit, download our Story Submission Form (please use Google Chrome). Stories will be accepted up to December 1, 2019.

Lethbridge Public Library's Writer in Residence - Danika Stone

In celebration of our 100th anniversary, and with the generous support of the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library, we are excited to welcome Danika Stone as our Writer in Residence. Danika's residency will run September 24 - December 14.  Contact her by email at danikastoneonline@gmail.com with questions, or to schedule an appointment.

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Master's thesis. A self-declared bibiophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens and adults.

The Writer in Residence program is designed to champion the joy of reading, foster an understanding of the craft of writing, and offer Library customers the chance to connect with and learn from a published author. Danika will review manuscripts thorugh individual consultations during office hours or by appointment, and will be running a series of workshops throughout the fall. 

Danika's office hours, starting September 25, will be at the Main Branch:

  • Wednesdays: 7 - 9pm
  • Thursdays: 3:15 - 5:15pm
  • Fridays: 1 - 5pm
  • Saturdays: 9:30am - 1:30pm 

In addition, the following workshops will be offered:

  • From Concept to Concrete - Project Management for Writers, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 - 8pm, Friends Place, The Crossings Branch
  • How did I get here? - Publishing Basics, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 - 8pm., Community Meeting Room, Main Branch
  • You Can't Edit a Blank Page - Editing Workshop - Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 - 8pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Branch
  • Voices in your Head - Character Development Presentation, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 - 2pm, Friends Place, The Crossings Branch
  • Teen Writing Workshop, Saturday, Nov. 30, 3 - 5pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Branch
  • Author Talk - Discussion Panel with Various Alberta Authors, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Branch

D&D for Teens

Build a character, set out on a quest, and battle monsters - all without leaving the library.

No experience required - our expert DMs will teach you everything you need to know to play. Drop in for epic adventures every second Wednesday evening:

  • September 18
  • October 2
  • October 16 (wtih bonus costume contest!)

Program starts at 7pm at the Crossings Branch, and is open to anyone in grades 7-12.

For those interested in learning the craft of the Dungeon Master, check out our workshop on October 4!

Emma Thompson on the Big Screen

Celebrate Emma Thompson's career and diverse roles this month at the Crossings!

All movies begin at 7pm, and are shown with Closed Captioning.

WOTS Teen Writing Contest Winners

Missed seeing the WOTS Teen Writing Contest winners read their short stories at the festival?  You can now read them online! 

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and congrats to Erik, Cassie, and Mackenzie - our top three.

Feel Good Fridays

Need a break? Want to feel better about your life?

Drop by the Main Branch the last Friday afternoon of every month at 3pm for tips on self-care and mental health. The experts from Community LINKS will be on hand with their best advice, and we'll have snacks, games, and art projects to help everyone relax.

We meet by the Teen Zone, and anyone in grades 7-12 is welcome!

  • October 25 - DIY handscrubs and how to be in the moment
  • November 29 - yoga, breathing, and easing anxiety

Teen Writing Club

Drop in for our monthly teen writing club and hone your writing skills!

Working with our expert creative writing instructor, you'll learn to be a better writer through writing games and activities.  We'll supply paper notebooks and pens, but if you prefer writing with a keyboard, you'll need to bring your own laptop or tablet.

The program runs the third Friday afternoon of every month from 3-5pm at the Crossings Branch.

Anyone in grades 7-12 is welcome to attend.

How to Find Help

Need help figuring things out?  There are organizations in Lethbridge that are here for you.  There are also lots of resources in the library's collections to help you work things out on your own.

Download our bookmark below, check out the Help section to the left, or drop by Community LINKS at the Main Branch to chat.

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You can find library photos in two places on Instagram:

Calendar of Teen Events

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