Libraries aren’t just about books anymore! In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The activities held across the province during Saskatchewan Library Week accentuated the role of the library as a gathering place, where everyone is welcome to enjoy a variety of activities, not just reading. Libraries large and small celebrated by hosting a wide range of cultural activities from oil painting classes to writing workshops and a celebration of rural women in Eastend. One small library even planned a parade! The expertise of library workers is apparent as they design programs to suit their patron needs. A list of all the special projects is posted on the Saskatchewan Library Association’s (SLA) website.
As an organization, SLA sponsors a provincial project annually. For the last two years, we have held a Book Spine Poetry Contest open to all ages and all libraries. Book Spine Poetry is a free verse poem composed by using the titles written on the spines of physical books and stacking the books on top of one another.
This year we received 1129 entries and about 50 per cent of them came from school aged children. Of special note is the success of three students from Ruth M. Buck School in Regina. Congratulations to these students who won 3 of the prizes in the 5-8 and 9-11 categories as well as to all the other winners and to everyone who submitted a poem. We were thrilled to have so many great entries! The first place winning poems were composed by Sydney G. (age 5 – 8 category), Cora G. (age 9 – 11 category) and Kayla K. (teen category).
A complete list of winners and their poems is available at http://saskla.ca/programs/slw.
The photos below showcase the winning poetry submissions. The poems were composed by stacking books to create a poem from the titles written on the book spines.