Monday, July 13, 2009

Library Update - July 13th, 2009

It's been a while since the last Library Update. Of course Laurie and her team at the Library were just a little busy over the past month or two. But, I guess that with moving buildings, working out the kinks in the new space, learning where the bathrooms where and hosting a major provincial event with the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards we can give them a break. ; ) Here's the report Laurie passed on for me to provide to council tonight:

A special thank you to Michelle Gairdner and the others who worked so hard preparing and staging such a wonderful grand opening of the Montrose Cultural Centre.

Thank you to the City of Grande Prairie for providing this new library for the community.

The public response has been wonderful. The tutoring room is being booked, memberships are up 230%, and the public has found their favourite corners to curl up with a book by the window or study in a quiet area with a cup of coffee or use the public computers. Teens love their new area for studying and visiting with friends. The parents and young children love moving the cushions and bean bag chairs into just the right position for lounging and sharing a good book.

Celebrate with us!
Join us for the Grand Opening of the Grande Prairie Public Library! The festivities will begin on Saturday, August 22 at 10:00 am. There will be activities for the whole family including performers and special story times as well as coffee, juice and snacks.
Opening ceremonies will be at 3:00 pm in the Teresa Sargent Hall.
There will be giveways for the first 500 visitors. Enter to win fantastic prizes including a Wii!

Discover Great Summer Reads at the Library
Why should the kids have all the fun? Discover the latest summer reads at your Library and win prizes. Keep track of the books you read or listen to between July 2 and August 31. Read 3 books or listen to 3 books (tape, CD or downloadable eAudiobook) and be eligible for weekly prizes. After reading or listening to six books, complete your reading log and enter your name for the Booklover's basket to be drawn in September.

Reading logs are available at Customer Services or online.

We are now able to offer Group Computer Training for the public in our new Training Lab.
Group Computer Training

June 22- August 31
Microsoft Word - Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 am to11:00 am
How to use E-Bay - Fridays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
How to use the Library’s Online Tools - Learn a new research tool every Thursday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
How to use Facebook - Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Registration is required. Maximum of 10 participants.

Summer Activities for Children at the Library
Agent 009 – Summer Reading Club
Join the TD Summer Reading Club this summer! Plan to visit the Library this summer for detective themed events including our new online summer reading club at

Spy School
Ages 7 to 12
Tuesdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

July 7: Make a thumb writer, notebook and spy kit holder
July 14: Codes and ciphers
July 21: Camouflage and disguise
July 28: Finding evidence (finger prints, teeth prints, etc.)
Aug 4: Observation and memory skills
Aug 11: Creating a crime (group story writing)
Aug 18: Spy gadgets

Special Missions
Ages 7 to 12
Thursday July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Presented by members of the community.

Children’s Summer Programs

Wednesdays - July 8 to August 19
10:30 am - 11:00 am - Musical Tots: stories rhymes and music for 2 and under.
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm - Melody Magic: stories, songs and musical activities for 4’s and 5’s
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Book Detectives: book talk and share favourite reads
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Family Night: Bingo, Booknik (book sharing and snacks), scavenger hunt & games.

Wednesdays - July 9 to August 20
10:30 am - 11:15 am - Storytime: stories, finger plays and films for 3 to 5 year-olds.

Is the Book Better Than the Movie?
Enjoy popcorn, refreshments and a movie. Which was better? The book or the movie? Discuss and defend your choice!
Thursday, July 23 @ 6:30 pm - The Three Musketeers based on the book by Alexandre Dumas.
Thursday, August 20 @ 6:30 pm - Carrie based on the book by Stephen King.

Computer & Internet Training @ the Library
Sign up for a free, one-hour session on any of the following:
• Using the Library Catalogue
• Computer Basics
• Learning to Email
• Surfing the Internet for Beginners
• Introduction to Microsoft Word

Visit the Information Desk to sign up for your one-on-one instruction with Library staff. Call (780) 357-7455.

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