Region’s three libraries offer a wide range of services, programs

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake and region libraries are full of new and exciting activities in the upcoming months.
Library Manager Kendra McRee has been with the library since July 2017. She says things are going well, although she says she still has a lot to learn.
“I am enjoying being part of an organization that offers fundamental services to Slave Lake and surrounding area,” says McRee. “We are always working on bringing in new and exciting programming and offerings that meet the needs of the community.”
McRee says the Smith Library is a small but vibrant location.
The MD of Lesser Slave River #124 has recently provided this site with some renovations, which have contributed to the library’s calm and inviting atmosphere she says.
McRee says the Flatbush Library has also undergone some renovations recently thanks to the MD, it now has a fresh coat of paint and a beautiful sitting area for guests to enjoy.
Suzanne Wilson has been the programmer for the library since August 2017 says McRee.
“She does a wonderful job of organizing and providing many program offerings at the Slave Lake Library.”
McRee says all three libraries will be participating in the TD Summer Reading Program this year. For more information about specifics on what they have planned she says contact the nearest library.
All three libraries will be hosting a storyteller by the name of Calum Lyken in early June.
Slave Lake is also looking forward to welcoming a former resident ‘Rodzilla’ to perform on July 18.
Mullen the Magician will be back again this year on August 15.
“I would like to add that a lot of the public may not be aware of all of the services that are offered by your local library,” McRee says.
McRee says many programs are ongoing, some that run for short amounts of time, as well as some are one-time special events. She adds most of the time the programs and activities are free of charge.
“Our monthly program calendar can be accessed on our website at”
McRee says with the purchase of a library membership, people have the benefit of being able to order in books and other resources such as audio books and DVDs, from other libraries located within the province.
There are also many apps that are made accessible with a library card that covers a broad range of r
In Slave Lake, there is a toy library where parents and guardians can borrow toys for their children, says McRee.
As well there is an iPad station equipped with educational games for young kids.
The Slave Lake library has a special area for kids called the ‘Lion’s Den.
’McRee says the library as well offers public computer usage, and people do not need a library card to use the computers.
For more information, McRee says contact the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library at 780-849-5250.


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