With Cornfest coming to an end, there is still a plethora of fun activities that one could take part in at the Taber Public Library. With September nearly here, Dawn Kondas, program coordinator at the Taber Public Library, gave a rundown of the events that will be held within the library for the next month.
“September 8 is International Literacy Day and I have Building Better Brains from Lethbridge coming,” said Kondas. “It’s for parents as well as small children to learn how to play with their kids and help them learn and grow, and just make it more educational for kids.”
This event will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will be held in the library’s courtyard. Kondas also went into more detail about this event and spoke on why they chose this event for International Literacy Day.
“When you learn how to interact with your kids to make them learn better it’s going to affect them later on in their literacy in a lot of ways,” said Kondas. “A couple of years ago, the 5 x 5 Coalition had this Building Better Brains breakfast here in town, and we got a lot of dignitaries to come just to understand how talking to your kids and interacting with your children affects them later on down the road in their life. Positive reinforcement at a young age is going to make things better and easier for them when they get older and how they learn. I just knew it was very beneficial and you can learn more to be a better parent because kids don’t come with a manual. I think anything we can do to help parents has got to be a positive.”
Kondas also highlighted several other upcoming library events.
“September 10, of course, with the Wonders of Wizardry, the Arts council asked us to come, so we’re gonna go read some stories, give away a book, do a craft, so that will be fun for a first-time event like that.”
The library will have a table in Confederation Park as part of Wonders of Wizardry at 11:30 a.m.
“On Thursday, September 15, it’s kind of timely that I have the Interfaith Food Bank from Lethbridge — they have a summer student that does a whole bunch of programs — they’re going to come to do herb drying and tea making,” said Kondas. “It’s not that they’re bringing supplies, (you will) learn how to do it on your own, so you can go out and collect your own supplies, make your own teas, and if you have your own herbs, learn how to dry them properly. I find that very interesting because that is what the Indigenous people used to do in this area.”
This event will be from 6:30-8 p.m. and will be held in the program room at the library.
“Then we have Coffee with Council again — that’s our second time on Friday the 16th.”
This event will be held at 11 a.m. The library encourages anybody to bring questions comments or concerns that they might have to their town council members. Coffee and other treats will be supplied at the event.
“We’re back on the 21st with her senior speaker series and that’s partnering with FCSS the seniors coordinator there. We’re going to be doing fall and harvest stories. The Taber Irrigation Impact Museum is starting us off with stories, but please bring your own, and tell your own stories because it just makes it better with lots of people that have different things to talk about. We will have drinks and treats after.”
This event will begin at 10:45 a.m., and the library will also be supplying refreshments and other treats for this event as well.
“Then celebrating Orange Shirt Day on September 28 — we are partnering with Eagle Spirit Nest Association,” said Kondas. “We are doing a Zoom presentation with Canadian author Richard Van Camp, and it is called reclaiming family medicine workshop. It going to be at the legion and it’s free for everybody — it starts at 6 p.m. We really hope for a good audience there. The legion is loaning us their space too so we can keep the cost down for that. Then all our regular schedule programs in September start again so all our exercise classes, Lego club, and hopefully story time will get up and running. They’re all coming back.”
The first returning program will be Barre with Michelle. This will be held on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 9:15 a.m. for the entire month of September. High/Low Fitness Will also be available every Wednesday of this month starting at 8:45 a.m. and going to 9:45 a.m. Rounding,out the month-long events will be Essentrics with Lindsay on Fridays starting at 9 a.m. The Lego club will be returning on Wednesday, September 21 and will run from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The library is currently planning to have yoga return in October with virtual sessions.
“Then the only other thing else is for Halloween we want to have a haunted house contest. Families and kids can make anything to do with Halloween out of cardboard boxes, and we will have a little contest.”
Ian Croft, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times