Wow – January to October is a very long hiatus and I apologize for such a long delay in returning to our blog. Thank you to those of you emailed and said you were wondering where we were because it meant people were reading our blog – and that is encouraging.

We have come through our return to the new and improved Library. Because we are a close-knit staff we supported each other through the tragedy of losing a well loved member of the Library staff. Erin is still missed.

We put our best smiles on and pushed through our very successful Summer Reading Club. Many thanks go to Tracey, our new programs coordinator, she did a fabulous job. Once the summer activities were over, we were able to backtrack and look after some tasks that had to be shelved due to our delayed opening. It was probably almost the end of September before we felt we had really “caught up”.

One of the new things we are very excited about is a brand new collection called Story Sacks. These sacks are a marvelous tool that parents can use to enhance literacy activities in the home. Because these sacks are quite expensive and we want to teach parents how to use them, we are holding Story Sack training sessions. These sessions are held at no cost, and as soon as we have a few patrons who are requesting information we will set a date for another training session. Once you have attended a session you are given the permissions necessary to check the Story Sacks out for home use.

Story Sacks are filled with many interesting and fun activities that go beyond simply reading a book. The theme of each sack is centered around a storybook and then progresses from there. There is usually an audio CD to accompany the book, so children can enjoy listening to the stories with sound effects as they follow along with the book. There are often puppets included so they can perform the story with family members. You will also find a non-fiction book that will provide a learning opportunity. And then there are often games or other activities for fun and learning. If you are interested please come in and talk to us. Below is a picture showing the contents of one Story Sack.

I am so happy to be back having a conversation with you – and I look forward to many of our patrons making it a two-way conversation.

Itchy Bear Story Sack

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.