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October is Canadian Library Month, APL celebrating with author, playwright visit

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By: Anne Beaty

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 05:13 pm

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We at Airdrie Public Library (APL) love to share our passion for all things literary (as well as art … and music … ). That’s why we celebrate reading in so many ways.

October is Canadian Library Month, with its theme this year of “Libraries Connect.” Along with libraries around the globe, APL plays an essential role in connecting people and ideas, readers and communities, learners and information. Through our wide variety of programming for all ages from birth on, APL encourages journeys of creativity and discovery.

We especially like to see young members taking full advantage of what we have to offer, not just at the library, but out in the community, as well, and this week APL is ‘blazing a tale’ at three local elementary/middle schools.

Every October, the Young Alberta Book Society (YABS) hosts the Taleblazers Program, through which authors and illustrators hit the roads all over Alberta to inspire students. APL is taking part by bringing in playwright, radio writer, television story editor and young adult author Marty Chan to, in his own words, “share stories about the inspirations for books so that students can see that real life can be a springboard for creative stories.”

Then it’s on to Teen Read Week™ Oct. 14 to 20, which encourages teens to use their library and read – everything from books to e-books to magazines and newspapers. For more information on the week, visit

APL’s monthly Teens After Hours and Tween Zone programs also foster usage of the library by our community’s younger members.

For the youngest set, Session 2 of our regular Preschool Literacy Programs begins Oct. 22. These programs include BabyTime, for babies up to 12 months; ToddlerTime, for children aged one and two; Three to Get Ready, for ages two-and-a-half to three; and StoryTime, for children aged three to five. The programs require registration, but our drop-in programs – Tales and Tunes, and rhymes and Songs – are equally popular.

For more information on these or any of our programs and services, visit and learn what APL has for you right here in your own community.


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