yukon library week prizes balloons and cake

Kick off Yukon library week (Oct 20 –27) by visiting the Whitehorse Public Library’s open house on Saturday — all day.

Kick off Yukon library week (Oct 20 –27) by visiting the Whitehorse Public Library’s open house on Saturday — all day.

There will be big prizes, fun contests, high-flying balloons, cake and great giveaways.

There will also be no fines during Yukon library week — this is your chance to return those long-overdue items free of charge!

Rukhsana Khan

Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of three. She tells tales of India, Persia, the Middle East, as well as her own stories. She currently has seven books published and others under contract.

Some of her presentations tackle serious subject matter such as child refugees, but she does so with a light touch that engages listeners without trivializing the situation.

With her years of storytelling experience and wide repertoire of stories, she makes an engaging speaker and entertainer.

Rukhsana is a member of SCBWI, The Writers Union of Canada, CANSCAIP, and the Storytelling School of Toronto.

She has four children: three girls and a boy.

Two of her daughters are married and she has one granddaughter.

She currently lives in Toronto with her husband and family.

On Saturday, October 27, Rukhsana Khan will be offering a workshop called Bringing Oral Cultural Stories to the Page at the Whitehorse Public Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The adult workshop is free, but you must pre-register to participate. To register phone 667-5239.

Yukon community

reading tour

As part of Yukon library week celebrations, Rukhsana Khan will be visiting seven Yukon communities to deliver readings of her work.

These readings are free and everyone is welcome. She will be visiting:

Beaver Creek Community Library on Monday at 2 p.m.

Burwash Landing Community Library on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

St. Elias Convention Centre on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Tantalus School in Carmacks on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Pelly Crossing Community Library on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Del Van Gorder School in Faro on Thursday at 9 a.m.

And the Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake on Friday, October 26, at 9:30 a.m.

Tony Penikett reading

Tony Penikett will be returning to the Yukon to deliver a series of presentations next month.

On November 5th at 7:30 p.m. he will be reading from his latest book, Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making in British Columbia. The reading, at the Whitehorse Public Library, is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Hoo-hoo-hoo Halloween!

Enjoy stories, music, rhymes and crafts at Whitehorse Public Library’s weekly storytime for kids Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Dress up for our Halloween storytime on October 25th!

Storytime is geared to children ages three to six accompanied by an adult. Just drop in. For more information call 667-5239.

In Yukon communities, please call your local library for information about fall programs for children.

Babies and toddlers

in October

Baby storytime, for children up to two years, has started up again at the Whitehorse Public Library! Join us for tickles, bounces, rhymes and stories from 10:30 a.m. to 11  a.m. on Wednesdays.

New this fall: toddler storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Whitehorse Public Library. Bring your toddler (two to three years old) to enjoy rhymes, songs, finger-plays and stories.

Write a review,

win a prize

The website is up and running at HYPERLINK — http://www.teensrc.ca and www.teensrc.ca! Join the online teen reading club for youth across Canada — and it’s being extended into the winter!  Yukon is participating for the first time this year — join in and you could win some great prizes!

It’s all about reading a book you really enjoy — or not — and then writing a review of it that will be posted on the teensrc website for all to share. 

Ever wanted to tell everyone what you really think of Harry Potter? Or let everyone know about a seldom-read gem you stumbled upon? Well here’s your chance if you’re between 13 and 18 years old. Check the website to find out what to do.

There will be weekly draws for stunning prizes. Thanks to Titan Gaming and Collectibles, Well-Read Books, Mac’s Fireweed Books, the Chocolate Claim and Erik’s Audiotronic for their contributions. And the grand prize … need a new MP3 player?  Enter and it could be yours!

Books on the air

Listen for local reviews of new (and old, but fascinating) books to be found at Yukon public libraries every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on CBC Yukon.

 This column is prepared by the Yukon public libraries and the department of Community Services.