North Thompson Star/Journal
Barriere’s Head Librarian, Pam Rudd, says she is excited to be able to announce the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library’s (TNRL) April to June program schedule that features a range of events for all ages. Regular programs such as Dungeons & Dragons, Nintendo Switch Tournaments, and Books & Brews will continue along with a new list of special events.
Let Your Imagination Run Wild – April 1 – 17
Everyone is being invited to let their imagination run wild for National Wildlife Week. Celebrated annually by the Canadian Wildlife Federation in April, this year the CWF is challenging Canadians to #DoMoreForWildlife. Children under the age of 12 can learn more about the wildlife and plants in their own community with the In My Backyard Bingo challenge, created in partnership with the Kamloops Naturalist Club. The challenge launches on April 1 and closes on April 10. Participants can submit their completed challenges through www.tnrl.ca for a chance to win passes to the BC Wildlife Park.
Preschool age children can tune in during National Wildlife Week for two Storytimes featuring the BC Wildlife Park. On April 9 the TNRL will be taking Storytime on the road, filming on location at the BC Wildlife Park where library staff will share songs and stories about the animals. On April 17, BC Wildlife Park staff will be zooming in for an interactive Storytime on burrowing owls, where participants ages 5-7 will get to meet one of the owls residing at the Park.
Geek Week May 4 – 8
Geek Week returns from May 4-8 with a celebration of Geek culture. The third annual Geek Week will feature Star Wars Trivia on May 4, Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master Training on May 6, and Stranger Things Escape Rooms on May 8. As part of the week’s events, the Library is excited to launch a new collection of Dungeons & Dragons program kits for patrons to use at home with friends and family. Patrons who participate in the Dungeon Master Training on May 6 will have the first chance to borrow kits.
During the month of April TNRD residents also have an opportunity to showcase the beauty of their communities by taking part in the Make Your Own Mobile Library Craft. Pick up the craft at TNRL libraries or Mobile Library stops beginning April 1st. Participants can submit a photo of their completed Mobile Library to enter to win a prize.
Through partnerships with the Kamloops Film Society, the Kamloops Naturalist Club, and the Thompson-Shuswap Master Gardeners the TNRL is bringing residents special events including a sneak preview of the 2021 Kamloops Film Festival, the 2021 City Nature Challenge, and a small-space gardening workshop with a themed craft.
This spring the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG) and the TNRL are assisting artist Amy Modahl with an exhibition launching on June 26. From now until May 1, Modahl is collecting written responses to the question “How have you been?” Responses can be mailed to the KAG or emailed directly to the artist. Letter writing supplies will also be available at TNRL locations throughout the region and through Library Takeout. In addition to the artwork developed from these responses, the letters will be published as a book (with the authors’ permission) and catalogued by the KAG and the TNRL. For full details see www.kag.bc.ca.
Author and Screenwriter Events
Through a continuing partnership with the Kamloops Society for the Written Arts, the TNRL will bring residents a full line-up of British Columbian authors during the spring. Calling My Spirit Back author and Indigenous educator Elaine Alec presents on April 8, Robin Stevenson, award winning author of more than 25 books of fiction and non-fiction, discusses writing and publishing for kids and teens on May 20, and on June 3 author and screenwriter Roslyn Muir will discuss the differences between writing film vs. fiction and talk about jumping between genres.
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