Airdrie library celebrates Libraries Month
Not only is October designated as Canadian Libraries Month, but this year October also marks an extraordinary event in Canadian literature.
Last week, renowned Canadian author Alice Munro, 82, was honoured with the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Canadian woman – and only the 13th woman ever – to be given the award since its launch in 1901. Munro’s literary journey began in 1968, when her first collection of short stories, Dance of the Happy Shades, won the Governor General’s Award.
For more than 45 years, her short stories and novels have been enchanting the public and receiving widespread recognition and awards. In 2012, following the publication of her latest book, a collection of short stories entitled Dear Life, which won the Trillium Book Award, Munro said that she was planning to retire from writing.
While Airdrie Public Library (APL) may not be able to present the Nobel prize winner, we do have author Wendy Bryden gracing the library on Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m., as part of our Adult Author Series. Bryden is a Calgary writer whose book, The First Stampede of Florence LaDue: The true love story of Florence and Guy Weadick and the beginning of the Calgary Stampede, captures the history of the couple’s journey from the U.S. to Alberta to start the Stampede in 1912. The evening is free, but an RSVP is requested.
For the younger set, as part of the Young Alberta Book Society Taleblazers 2013 event, illustrator and cartoonist Gerry Rasmussen will be at APL Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m., to share how he creates his cartoon characters and the techniques he uses to draw and think with a pencil. The presentation is for children aged eight and older, and advance registration is required. Earlier in the day, Rasmussen will be visiting various schools in Airdrie and sharing his imagination with the students.
Other programs coming up at the library include: Stories & Crafts, Oct. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Junior Artists, Oct. 19, 1-2:30 p.m. (registration required, $3 fee to cover materials); Sunday Cinema, Oct. 20, 1:30-3 p.m.; Tween Zone, Oct. 25, 3-4 p.m.; and L’heure du Conte, Oct. 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
For more information on APL’s programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca