By Invermere Public Library

Last week we had a fantastic author event with Smokii Sumac, Ktunaxa Two-Spirit and Transgender Poet. Smokii grew up in Invermere and we had a great discussion about how Invermere is slowly changing and becoming more accepting of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We listened to stories about how Indigenous literature provides ways of thinking we’re not taught in school, and the value of seeing yourself represented in stories. Everyone who attended Smokii’s talk walked away with new perspectives and lots to think about.Thank you Smokii for sharing your knowledge and stories with us.

We have lots going on at the Library right now! Summer Reading Club (SRC) takes place each Thursday and Friday at the library and Tuesdays in Canal Flats or Edgewater (alternating). Find the full schedule on our website– SRC is a free program with new games, crafts and activities each week. We are popping up around the valley on Fridays for Storytime: join us at Serenity Farm in Windermere on July 29 at 10:30 a.m. and Pineridge Park on Aug. 3. Every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon is Family Free Play– Lego and Duplo is out for you to come play and enjoy the airconditioning.

Iona Whishaw fans have a chance to chat with the author through Zoom on Aug. 4 at 8:00 pm. She’ll be talking about the ninth novel in the Lane Winslow series. Please email kootenaylibrariesprogramming@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. Any and all aspiring writers can join our Write On! Writing group, the next meeting will the Wed., Aug. 17 at 6 p.m., please email publiclibrary@invermere.net to sign-up. Libby users will be able to borrow Dawn Dumont’s The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour with no waits or holds from Aug. 18- Sept 1. Download the Libby app for tons of ebooks and audiobooks, all free with your library card.

Want to get a library card? Seasonal property owners can get a free card, please bring a piece of ID and your property tax assessment to get set up. Please note, it has to be the property tax assessment, we do not accept hydro bills or other paperwork. If you have government ID with a local address on it (between Spillimacheen and Canal Flats), you can get a free card. We also accept a one-year lease agreement or longer. If none of those options work, you can buy a temporary membership for $30/year and you get $15 back when you return the card and books. Hope to see you at the library soon!