The Nelson Public Library is jumping on the B.C. Culture Days bandwagon with a medley of opportunities for fun and creativity.
Kids and their adults can tune in with a special Family All Ages Storytime on Friday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. Rumour has it that a green guitar and some wacky puppets are part of the program, which is drop in—no registration required.
Says Children’s Librarian Avi Silberstein, “Stories and songs are a part of culture, no matter how old you are.”
Nelson Poet Rayya Liebich offers a free, drop-in nature-themed teen poetry workshop later on Friday, from 3:30 – 5pm.
Rayya Liebich’s poetry collection Tell Me Everything won Ontario’s Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award in 2015. She’s been published in a number of literary journals, her essay “Radical Choices” won the Geneva Literary Award and her play Three Minutes won the Kootenay Literary Competition. She teaches “Liminal Life Writing” at Oxygen Art Centre.
A “Six-word Story Contest” runs both days, open to teens and adults. Ernest Hemingway famously got the ball rolling with his unforgettable story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
The Nelson Library asks micro-writers how much they can say in just six words, whether the story is happy (Finding you was like coming home), clever (Time traveler dies tragically: 1964 – 1514) or, as in the teen book I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets, confessional. There are prizes, and stories will be displayed in the library an on its Facebook page.
“We’re looking forward to some literary micro-brilliance,” says Teen Services Librarian Melodie Rae Storey.
“It’s great to be a part of Culture Days in B.C.”
Culture Days is a collaborative volunteer movement aimed at raising the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
Photo Caption: Librarians Melodie Rae Storey and Avi Silberstein are ready for Culture Days, September 30 and October 1 at the Library.