Rimbey Municipal Library is now featuring some unique and interesting books written by Alberta authors.
The collection is made up of 41 books and includes a variety of genres.
“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to support local authors and local publishers,” said Rimbey librarian Jean Keetch.
The new display has been created in partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and The Book Publishers Association of Alberta. Due to the popularity of the first Read Alberta Books collection, Parkland has created a second display, with their partners, to travel to the region’s public libraries.
“It’s been a wonderful collaboration among our three organizations,” says Ron Sheppard, Parkland’s Director. “Our partners have provided us with an exceptional kit of books that highlights the talents we have here in our province.”
The collection offers top reading material for children, teens, and adults, with each one having been nominated for or having won an award from the 2014 Alberta book awards seasons. Any one of Parkland’s 50 public libraries can sign up to host the travelling display. Patrons can borrow as many books as they want, and when the books are returned to their library they will join the display, courtesy of Parkland’s delivery van.
“While Alberta boasts tremendous writing talent and a vibrant publishing industry, the reading public has had no easy way to identify locally-produced material,” says Carol Holmes, Executive Director of the Writers’ Guild. “This project goes a long way to raise awareness and interest in our homegrown authors and publishers.”
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Parkland Library staff to showcase the wonderful literary work that is being done in Alberta,” added Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. “This is a great opportunity for everyone.”