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Library to hold celebration at Bert Church Live Theatre

By: Andrew Szekeres

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 06:00 am

Jessica Trevino (left) learns how to make an Australian boomerang with her mom, Adalia Izor (right) on July 25 at the Airdrie Public Library Makerspace event, part of the annual summer reading club.
Jessica Trevino (left) learns how to make an Australian boomerang with her mom, Adalia Izor (right) on July 25 at the Airdrie Public Library Makerspace event, part of the annual summer reading club.
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Bert Church Live Theatre will be hosting the Airdrie Public Library’s (APL) TD Summer Reading Club Celebration Aug. 15 which will feature a variety of Makerspace stations creations that have been created throughout the summer by APL staff and volunteers. Admittance to the celebration is $5 per person with proceeds going to support the Summer Reading Program offered by APL.

“(The Summer Reading Program) promotes education and reading during the summer months,” said Rebecca Burrows, Summer Reading Club co-ordinator. “It’s going to be a great hands-on experience.”

Also featured at the event will be a performance from Calgary-based acapella group, HOJA. The library’s summer reading club began on July 2 and will run to Aug. 14.

The program was modelled after the TD summer reading club, which was conceived for the Toronto Public Library in 1994 and expanded to Airdrie in 2009.

“It’s a free event that’s a great way to keeps kids reading,” Burrows said.

“It’s amazing to see how creative these kids are.”

The library had more than 500 children registered this year for the summer program.

“It helps kids keep up with their reading over the summer,” said Alex Funk, fellow reading club co-ordinator.

“It helps them be more prepared, and make some friends in the process.

The Makerspace events occur on each Friday and give children a chance to interact with various resources for education.

“It’s a lot of fun trying to keep up with the kid’s creativity,” Funk said.

“We want to help create something that the entire community could be involved in.”

The Makerspace events so far have included: creations inspired by nature called The Great Outdoors, a middle-ages inspired session called Medieval Times and creations inspired by cultures from around the world called Around the World.

The Around the World session also included a visit from Albertan young adult writer Jacqueline Guest.

For more information, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca


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