Award-nominated local author at Ponoka Jubilee Library

This week's library column reminds folks a local author is coming to the library.

We’re very excited to have Kate A. Boorman at Ponoka Jubilee Library this Saturday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. Kate’s book Winterkill was nominated as an Alberta Readers’ Choice Award finalist this year; the winner will be announced this Friday and we have our fingers crossed for her. Kate will be doing a media presentation for participants, as well as reading an excerpt from her book, and doing a Q&A session. Winterkill is a novel set in a bleak world, where a powerful enemy lurks outside the walls of Emmeline’s settlement and she is watched closely for waywardness, the rule-breaking behaviour that sent her grandmother to her death. When one of the settlement leaders asks for her hand, Emmeline has the opportunity to wipe the slate clean, ridding herself and her family of the stain of her grandmother’s crimes, even if her heart belongs to another. But before she’s forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where dangerous secrets lurk. Take this opportunity to interact with an up-and-coming Albertan author and watch for the second part of the series, Darkthaw, which will be available in October.

We are very pleased to be offering ‘Menopause 101: Embracing the Change’, an information night at the library on Thursday Oct. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The session will feature presentations from Wendi Lautenbach (RN), Lori Labrie (RD), and Erika Lutz (LPN), all from Wolf Creek Primary Care Network. They will be speaking on how menopause can affect women and different ways to approach it through hormone therapy, diet and a number of other factors. Come take part in this women to women evening, and learn to embrace the next stage in your life. Please stop by the library at 5110 48 Avenue or call 403-783-3843 to sign up.

Don’t forget that next Thursday, Sept. 24 will be our first ‘Makerspace at the Library’. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., come explore your creativity using technology. Play around with our Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, Kano Kit, one of our three Little Bits kits, or our Intous tablet. Regular Makerspace meetings will be the last Thursday of the month, and are limited to youths 12 and over, due to the fragility of some of the items. This is a drop-in activity, no registration or payment is required.

And speaking of Intous tablets, you could win one by entering Parkland Regional Library’s ‘Comic Strip Contest’; all part of Library Card Sign-up Month. Submit your original comic strip between Sept. 4 and 25, and you will be entered for great prizes. Go to www.prl.ab.ca/comic_contest for more information.

Coming Soon: From Clara Hughes, one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, comes Open Heart, Open Mind; a raw but life-affirming story of one woman’s struggle with depression.

***A correction was made to the story to show the correct date of the visit for Sept. 19.***