As we moved back into the library after our expansion/renovation, we were so pleased to add Tracey Pankratz to our staff. Tracey has wonderful ideas for programs and events that will include all ages. She also has an eye for decorating and you will see some of her touches around the library.

Her first task was the Summer Reading Program which was a huge success! As soon as that was finished, there was no time to rest on her laurels and she plunged into author readings, kids programs, teen events and something special for our seniors. She is a very busy person! I would like to share with you a few of the things that she has on the go.

Monthly Book Display – Tracey will have a regular feature for displaying all kinds of books. Displays may be visual interest, topical, or seasonal, just to name a few themes. The September display was all about Pop-Up books and October was Weird & Wonderfully Decorated books. Each month special books will be in the display case in the foyer in the front of the library. There will also be a couple of dates where Tracey will have these special books in the Multi Purpose Rooms for hands on examination. Dates will be listed on the display case and also on our web page.

In-Service Activities – This is something brand new and will be of interest to students and parents alike. At least once a month on an in-service day, Tracey will have something fun arranged. In October Yoga and treats and a craft were arranged for elementary students, and for teens there was also a Yoga session and some hangout time. In November, kindergarten to grade 8 can have fun with “Mustache Mania” and Junior & Senior High students can create a “Do Your Life” book with a bit of a bucket list theme. We do need advance registration so we know how many to plan for, and the events will either be free or a very small fee to help defray costs. So check out the website or posters around the library.

Of course there will be ongoing Author readings, especially with local authors, a few contests here and there and more.

For November the library is jumping on board with Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and we hope to see many aspiring authors join us. Have you ever thought “maybe I could write a novel”? This is your chance to give it a try. The goal for each participant is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. The national website is and the fun is for all ages. On our website you will find a poster listing the Write-In dates at the library which will provide encouragement for daily writing, and also a party to celebrate your writing accomplishments. If you are an author-in-waiting this just may be your great chance. And of course, it will be fun for all!

As you can see, Tracey has marvelous ideas and we are going to have a lot of great stuff happening around the library.

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.