Library Link: Airdrie Public library welcomes wildlife writer, photographer
As spring starts to make its appearance this month, Airdrie Public Library (APL) wraps up our winter author series with an award-winning writer and photographer whose experiences in the wild have translated into fascinating books and presentations.
Lyn Hancock, who will grace the library on April 20, 7-9 p.m., has lived and travelled ‘the wild side’ all around the globe, from Northern Canada to Central and South America, from Asia to the South Pacific. Drawing on her passion for conservation of wilderness and wildlife – 10 years of her life were dedicated to raising orphaned wild animals – culture and history, Hancock has penned 20 books and numerous articles, along with capturing her experiences in photos.
At APL, Hancock will be reading and showing slides from some of her most popular works, including There’s a Seal in my Sleeping Bag, Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon and The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother.
There is no charge for the evening; however, registration is required. Visit our website at www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca for more information.
National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, and when it comes to the library, volunteers are absolutely essential to our ability to serve the community.
Here at APL, we have numerous people who assist in several areas, from circulation to programs.
Shelving materials, unpacking and stamping new material, sorting and organizing book sale items, tutoring technology classes, assisting with special events – the list is long and varied. Our volunteers may be all ages and from differing backgrounds, but they do have one thing in common.
“They love books and they love the library and they like to be here,” said Bibiana Cala, APL volunteer coordinator.
Cala also pointed to another draw for potential volunteers.
“For newcomers, it’s a good place to have a start here in Canada,” she said. “It’s a welcoming place.”
While that week is set aside to recognize volunteers, their contributions are appreciated and celebrated all year round.