Karen Godbout

Karen Godbout

Living library for Family Literacy Week

As part of Family Literacy Week the Castlegar and District Public Library hosted several events over the weekend.

As part of Family Literacy Week the Castlegar and District Public Library hosted several events over the weekend.

One event was called the living library, where participants could check out a living book, a person who is an expert in their field, who would answer questions for 30 minutes. Seniors advocate Sandi McCreight provided information on seniors services, education and outreach and met several new seniors. “This shows me that no matter how much outreach you do,there is always another venue where you can catch more clientele,” she said.

Karen Godbout, vice president of the West Kootenay Beekeepers offered information about bees and beekeeping. Castlegar Youth Council facilitator Zoe MacKay was on hand to speak to youth related issues and give information about the council.Julie Stockhausen with the West Kootenay Infant Development Program answered questions about children’s growth and development.

Librarian Laura Zaytsoff thought the event went really well. “We started out quite strong. Everyone had a questioner and people have been trickling in and dropping by,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for us at the library to network with various people and build great relationships. There are great conversations going on.”

The children’s corner of the library was buzzing with activity as children participated in crafts, story time and face painting.

Visitors were also seen leaving the library with armloads of books thanks to the book sale hosted by the Friends of the Library. The twice yearly sale is an important fundraiser for the library.