By Mamta Lulla
Celebrate Alberta Culture Days at the Spruce Grove Library with a wide selection of free events.
The library recently received a $3,500 grant from the province of Alberta, another $1,500 from the city of Spruce Grove and the Friends of the Spruce Grove Public Library Societydonated about $1,125.
Thanks to the generous funding, the library is able to host Alberta Culture Days for Tri-Regioners.
On Sept. 29, the library is hosting a children’s music night with Soap Box Duo – a local couple that will entertain children with music from 4 to 6 p.m. Children of all ages and their friends and family are welcome to attend.
On Sept. 30, the library is hosting cultural keynote – a lecture – with artist and author Aaron Paquette. Children ages 12 and up are welcome. The lecture-style event runs from 2 to 3 p.m.
“Because it’s lecture style, we are inviting older kids but no one will be turned away,” said Leanne Myggland-Carter, marketing and fund development manager at the Spruce Grove Public Library.
The library is celebrating Alberta Culture Days in partnership with the Indigenous population in the Tri-Region.
A cultural cuisine will let attendees indulge into traditional stew and bannock. The food will be donated by Native Delights.
There will also be an all-ages cocktail party at the library.
The library receives help from the local Rotary Club to raise awareness about the library services and to reconcile and generate friendships with people from different cultures.
The food will be served around 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 30.
There is a Family Art Project, hosted by Paquette, for kids of all ages and families.
Myggland-Carter said the art project will help families and individuals discover their identity through arts and writing.
“They will be answering questions about who they are,” she said.
The event will guide families discover themselves all over again.
On Sept. 30, there will be an adult writing workshop with playwright and author Katherine Koller. The event is for people 18 or older at the library from 10 to 2 p.m.
Koller will help writers with ‘genre-jumping.’
“If you’re a novelist, you can also be a poet or a writer for a magazine so that’s genre-jumping,” said Myggland-Carter.
There will be a light lunch served Sunday.
The Sunday event is running in partnership with the Writer’s Guild of Alberta.
People are asked to register for events by calling the library at 780-962-4423.