Saskatchewan Libraries Week takes place from October 14-20 and this year, the theme is “Libraries Transform” as libraries can open a world of knowledge to their users. “Libraries provide valuable services in our province and in the many communities they serve as gathering spaces,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to visit their local library to explore the programs and resources they have available.”
This is a province-wide, annual event that promotes the services that the more than 1,200 public, school and post-secondary libraries have to offer. The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) has proudly presented this week-long celebration throughout the province since 1976. “The Saskatchewan Library Association is proud to continue supporting Saskatchewan Library Week,” SLA President Alison Jantz said. “This year, libraries are celebrating this important week with exceptional programming and we congratulate the dedicated library workers for their contribution.”
This week, the Martensville Library will be taking part with many fun drop-in activities for all ages, in addition to the regular weekly activities. In order to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in the activities, all games and draws will be available until Saturday, October 27th. Activities for Saskatchewan Libraries Week include:
– Book Character I-Spy Game
– Guess How Many Books are In our Library
– Draw Prize to win 1 of 8 WRL Book/Shopping Bins
– WRL Freebies Giveaways – while supplies last
– Photo Booth: Take a fun picture when you visit the library & we will post it our Facebook page.
– Locked Box Challenge: Can you solve the clues & unlock the box before time expires. (Starts Tuesday)
In addition to Saskatchewan Libraries Week, the Martensville Library has other exciting announcements including the new addition of a puppet tree, which was donated to the library in memory of Amanda Heiber, a former Martensville resident who passed away this year in a car accident in Alberta. “Amanda was a passionate library advocate and former library board member of the Martensville Library when she lived in our community. Family and friends have donated the puppet tree in loving memory of her passion for life, learning, libraries and community. All families in our community can come to the library, play, and read with the puppets, in loving memory of Amanda,” Librarian Marla Skomar said.