Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 7 - Winter 2017 - Page 14

Fernie Heritage Library Bringing words to life The Fernie Heritage Library is a place for discovery, inspiration and recreation. Fun and friendly, warm and welcoming; a sanctuary for all ages. Drop in to pick up a book or movie, or stay a while and enjoy the many programs and events including children’s story time, reading groups, a ukulele class, a special social occasion or popular event such as the Lemonade Social. Curl up in a huge leather armchair by the sunny upstairs windows to enjoy the view of the Rockies and folklore of old Fernie. BUILDING FERNIE’S LITERARY HERITAGE The Fernie Public Library started in 1899 as a simple public reading room thanks to a movement by the prominent ladies in town. It was a place where people, locals and visitors, could spend their evenings reading papers, magazines and writing letters. Today, the beautiful Romanesque Revival building that was built in 1907 as Fernie’s Post Office, is now home to a thriving and grand community library. In all seasons it is a cozy refuge. During the warmer months enjoy the Library Garden with a book or a family picnic. 14 BOOKED! FERNIE’S WRITERS’ SERIES Continuing the legacy of the Fernie Writers’ Conference, the BOOKED! Fernie Writers’ Series is a venue for creative discussion in a literary-themed social setting, and a chance to meet exciting authors rarely found outside of bigger cities. The Fernie Writers’ Series was founded by library director Emma Dressler, local author and Athabasca University Assistant Professor Angie Abdou, and Fernie publisher Randal MacNair. The skill with which these three—along with an incredible support crew—bring together the series is no happy accident. Macnair has been immersed in writing since birth; he is the great-grandson of founding manager of The Canadian Press, JFB Livesay, and grandson of Dorothy Livesay, two-time Governor- General’s Award winner. Abdou is a McEwan Book of the Year Award winner and Canada Reads finalist, her sixth book HOME ICE: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom is due out in 2018. Dressler was the 2012 BC Library Director’s Award of Excellence recipient.