Wapiti Quarterly Newsletter September 2017

Sep. 11, 2017

Wapiti Regional Library
Serving Central Saskatchewan

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Local Business Raises Funds for Library  
The Melfort Public Library sends a big thanks to the staff at Western Financial Group, who raised money for the library this year.

Western Financial staff presented the library with a $618.17 cheque that will be spent on library programming.
Painting Class Thriving in Archerwill 
Interest is growing in art classes held at the Archerwill Public Library. Branch Librarian Paulette Lisoway is sharing her talents by planning and instructing the classes.

Mustaches are The Thing at Vonda Library 

To help children and youth celebrate Valentines Day this year, the Vonda Public Library hosted a Mustache Party that took 'going incognito' to a completely new level.

Some partygoers brought their own mustaches. Others created them on the spot. Once everyone was adorned, music was played to accompany games and crafts. The evening ended with refreshments and enthusiastic use of a temporary photo booth.

Wapiti Attends Back to Batoche 2017      
True to history, Wapiti Regional Office staff attended the annual Back to Batoche Days to promote libraries and interact with those enjoying the event.

One favorite interaction with children was face painting, an activity that kept Wapiti staff busy throughout the festival.

Shellbrook Youth Decorate Library Windows 
Courtesy of youthful patrons, the Shellbrook Public Library windows are all dressed up with an artful representation of summer.
Young artists painted flowers, grass, vines, butterflies, clouds, and dragonflies on the windows, expressing seasonal joy and their support of the library.   

Canada 150 "1867 Prairie Picnic" at St. Loui s

St. Louis Public Library staff partnered with other organizations to coordinate a community event to celebrate Canada 150. Planned around the theme "1867 Prairie Picnic", the party featured wagon rides, bike decorating, pie and ice cream booth, water dunk tank, watermelon eating contest, a photo booth, and instructions how to make old fashioned toys. It was a full day, thoroughly enjoyed by the entire community.
TS Summer Reading Club Prize Draw 

On September 7, 2017, Community Services Librarian Lindsay Baker officially ended this year's region-wide TD Summer Reading Club program by drawing for 18 prizes to be awarded to club participants.
Once again, a large and enthusiastic group of kids took part in the program. Prize draw entry forms were earned by the kids according to how much reading they did over the summer.
Prizes were donated by vendors, including a Samsung tablet, 3 scooters, and bundles of books.  
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New Free e-Resource Containing Historical Documents Available Through Wapiti
Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters is a new e-Resource now available free through Wapiti Regional Library. The online database was recently made available to public libraries by Adam Matthew Digital, a provider of education and research materials.
As Adam Matthew Digital explains, this new e-Resource "is a collection of primary source documents that are illustrative of the frontiers that were created by the migration of Europeans to North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The holdings of 14 different libraries from across the world have been digitised and published in the database. These documents will help students and scholars deepen their understanding of the key themes that arose on the social, economic and cultural frontiers as settling of vast areas of the world by Europeans left a particular and lasting influence on history."
To access the database, go to www.wapitilibrary.ca, click on the e-Resources tab, then scroll down to Frontier Life: Borderlands , Settlement & Colonial Encounters.  
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Wapiti Staff Member Retires After 41 Years Service at Regional Office
Judy Neufeld was only 19 years old in 1976 when she was hired for a position at the Wapiti Regional Office in Prince Albert, SK. Since then, she has worked as a clerk, helping provide services to Wapiti's 46 branch libraries.

On August 24, 2017, Judy celebrated her official retirement after 41 years. Staff treated Judy to lunch while recalling happy events and occasions from her time at Wapiti. Judy enjoyed the remembrances, but, holding the record for the longest term of continuous employment, could out-remember them all.

"There's been a lot of changes since I first started work here," Judy said. "Over the years, I've done most clerical duties as the Regional Library grew and changed."
Regional Director Tony Murphy, while "thrilled for Judy as she embarks on an exciting new chapter in her life," said "but I'm really going to miss Judy's sense of humour and infectious smile." Murphy also expressed his "gratitude to Judy, who exemplifies the incredible people who are at the heart of our public libraries, dedicating their entire working lives to public library service in Saskatchewan." 
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Library Float Takes Chitek Lake Parade
Leoville Public Library's float entry in the July 1st Chitek Lake parade left no doubt in the minds of delighted viewers that the theme was all about literacy. Dubbed "Hooked on Reading", the float was a boat decorated with surrounding 'water' and books just begging to be caught and enjoyed.

Two young library patrons, decked out in fishing gear, 'fished' from the boat for books they found particularly appealing. Helped by their grandma, the youngsters provided much entertainment as they boldly proclaimed their commitment to childhood literacy and learning. Previously offered positions on an alternate float, the two young patrons had no problem choosing to represent the library.

"The audience loved it," said Leoville Branch Librarian Debby Alberts. "Our library board had a blast decorating the float and the audience was so appreciative, laughing and clapping." 
The two young literary stars have already asked that their roles be reserved for next year's parade. In their minds, the most important things in life are reading, fishing, and an appreciative audience.

Congratulations to the Leoville Public Library board and staff for working hard to heighten community awareness and advocate for their library.
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Kids Benefit Region-wide From Summer Programming Activities
Board games at Canwood Library
Thanks to funding from Young Canada Works, Wapiti branch libraries were able to book Summer Programming Assistant Paulina Chatlain for her presentation of a series of kids programs throughout July and August.

Ranging from board games to Canadian Themed Nature stories to Duct Tape crafts, the activities were enthusiastically attended by kids of all ages.

Nature stories at Prairie River Library

"I have had an amazing summer being part of the Wapiti team," said Chatlain. "This experience has allowed me to meet a diverse group of children from all areas of central Saskatchewan. I'd like to wish a special thank-you to all the branch librarians who welcomed me into their library and who provided me the opportunity to learn from their expertise."   
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Wapiti Libraries Host Canada 150 Celebrations    
Using funds received through the Canada 150 Fund from Government of Canada, thirteen Wapiti libraries hosted celebratory activities in their communities throughout the summer.  
Lulu and the Tomcat concert in Tisdale. 

These Community Celebrations were an opportunity to celebrate Canadian artists and authors, encourage life-long learning, celebrate communities, and thank the residents of the region for their continued support of public libraries.

Events were coordinated by Wapiti Regional Library's Community Services Librarian, local boards, branch librarians and many local volunteers. Festivities included face painting, concerts by family entertainers like Sylvia Chave, Lulu & the TomCat, and Funtazm Entertainment, as well as free BBQs, and in Vonda, even a full parade and fireworks.
Science Stage Show in Star City  
Thank you to the branch librarians, library boards and volunteers for their assistance in coordinating these events, and local sponsors for providing additional funding for their local events.    
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Wapiti Van and Magnetic Door Signs Make Appearances at Summer Parades
Again this year, Regional Office staff exhibited the Wapiti delivery van in parades across the region, calling attention to the service libraries provide communities. Most recently, the van was featured in the Prince Albert Exhibition Parade.
Also appearing in parades were two pairs of magnetic door signs featuring the Wapiti logo. Branch libraries booked a pair of signs in advance, then attached them to vehicles entered in local parades. Both pair of signs were kept busy traveling throughout the region, meeting demands as libraries worked to raise community awareness.
In anticipation of the 2018 parade season, Branch Librarians may contact Community Services Librarian Lindsay Baker to reserve a pair of magnetic door signs for a specific date.
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