Although Saskatoon Public Libraries are closed, we are excited to have now launched our online summer programs. Your local residents may want to do some of these summer programs with their families.
Knowlympics – June 1 – August 31
The Knowlympics is an all-ages summer learning program that encourages Saskatoon residents to discover a love of lifelong learning through various challenges that promote various forms of literacy development.
TD Summer Reading Club – June 1 – August 31
The TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) is Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program for kids. SPL has presented the TDSRC for a number of years but it will be presented slightly differently this summer.
Other Summer Online Programming
Note: soon this link will have information to include more summer programs.
Escape Rooms: Solve a series of puzzles to get out of a locked room and progress through the game to the end!
Geocaching: Geocaches will be created and placed near SPL branches. They’ll direct patrons to walks or views to enjoy while social distancing.
Personality Quizzes: Which classic book are you? What type of library patron are you? Discover more about yourself and share your results with friends!
Story Laboratory: Join us for a picture book and a fun activity or craft based on it!
Trivia: Test your knowledge and keep your brain in shape! These quizzes will end with recommendations of SPL resources to visit for more info.
What’s your story? Teen Storytelling Challenge
It will run from June 8 – August 15 2020, with an online gala on August 31.
This summer, Saskatoon Library is asking: What’s Your Story? Beginning June 1, 2020, teens aged 13 to 18 are invited to share their creative stories. For every story you submit, your name will be entered into a draw for a spectacular prize!
- Short Story: one story up to eight pages on any theme (Fiction or Memoir), or one spoken word video, maximum 5 minutes in length.
- Poetry: up to four pages of poetry in any style, or one spoken word video, maximum 5 minutes in length.
- Comic Book: one story up to eight pages on any theme (pages can be scanned into a digital document for submission)
- Book Trailer: one video introducing a favourite story, no more than two minutes in length
- Photo Essay: one series of no more than ten photos that tell a story or document an event
- Serial Video Story: one series of short videos that tell a story. Series must contain no more than 10 videos, each 15 seconds in length.
February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month
The Saskatoon Public Library is hosting a variety of events for all ages throughout the month of February. See link below for details, times and locations for the following events:
Drumming & Stories with Carol Rose Daniels
Traditional drumming and storytelling.
Carol is a novelist, poet, artist, musician, and storyteller.
Storytelling with Joseph Naytowhow
Joseph Naytowhow is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.
Storytelling with Dickie Yuzicapi
Dickie Yuzicapi recalls the stories impressed on him as a child, which featured creation, historic and comedic stories for all ages. He sings to honour his Indigenous cultures and the people from within them.
Rabbit & Bear Paws
Join Chad Solomon for a comical, educational and interactive puppet show that shares Indigenous wisdom with universal audiences.
SONGS & MOVEMENT
Red River Jig Dance Party
Dallas and Phil Boyer are joining us to provide the music for a special Family Dance Party.
Anyone and everyone can come learn the Red River Jig, a
traditional Métis dance, with teachers from the Creeland Dancers.
MOVIES & FILMS
Wide Awake Film Series
Join us as we screen films by Indigenous filmmakers throughout February.
Films presented in partnership with the National Film Board (NFB).
The Road Forward / Feb 6
This musical documentary connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history — the beginnings of Indian nationalism in the 1930s — with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.
Birth of a Family / Feb 13
In this deeply moving documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America.
Trick or Treaty / Feb 20
This feature documentary profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government.
This River & This Land / Feb 27
This River offers an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. This Land recounts a 2,000-km expedition undertaken by seven rangers (both Inuit and non-Native) and a female filmmaker to raise a flag on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil, 412 km from the North Pole.
Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Wrap-up Workshop
A day-long mentorship workshop for experienced and emerging oral storytellers, facilitated by Joseph Naytowhow and co-facilitated by Maureen Belanger and Kevin MacKenzie. Register by phoning 306.381.5836.
Saskatoon Public Library