Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. | 11am - 5pm

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Exhibitor Marketplace

The Word On The Street's Exhibitor Marketplace is one of the best of its kind in southern Alberta. It offers festival-goers a window into the Canadian literary scene, the chance to purchase books, merchandise and learn from over 50 local vendors - it's Lethbridge's biggest outdoor bookstore! Find your next literary treasure this fall. Please see below for a list of some of the amazing exhibitors that will be joining us at the 2019 Festival!    

Nicole Bross

Independent Author

  Nicole Bross is an author from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. She lives there with her husband, two children and one very large orange cat. During the day, Nicole is the editor-in-chief of Birthing Magazine. She has 14 years of industry experience with an applied degree in Journalism from Mount Royal College. Nicole’s writing has been featured in many print publications, and she is credited as a writer and researcher for various nonfiction television programs. In her younger years, she started self-publishing a newspaper (circulation: 5) when she was 10 and writing short-story fiction at eight, was chosen as editor for her high school newspaper and copy chief of her college one, and hasn’t looked back since. Nicole is an advocate for mental health awareness, having lived since childhood with panic disorder and anxiety. A more recent diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has unlocked additional insight into some of the roadblocks she faces in her daily life. Above all, she believes openness and honesty about mental health and illnesses is critical to fighting stigma, and she considers herself proudly neurodiverse. Nicole writes most often in a small 8’x10’ shed in her backyard, which she transformed into an office/retreat, full of vintage books and bottles, typewriters and snarky artwork. Although it has a fireplace, she does not use it when it’s -30C outside, preferring to decamp to a cafe or the library. An avid world traveller, Nicole collects passport stamps the way some people collect coffee mugs. Her goal is to visit one new country every year; her best (so far) is six. Her favourite place in the world is her ancestral home of Cornwall, England, although Abaco Island in the Bahamas comes close. Besides travelling, Nicole enjoys seeking out manual typewriters with interesting typefaces to add to her collection—her crowning glories are a 1920s Mignon 3 with a gothic blackletter font, and a 1920s Torpedo Model 12 with a German keyboard that was used as a prop in the NBC series Lost. She also gardens, cans, smokes, pickles and ferments her own food and reads voraciously. Her favourite book of all time is Jane Eyre.   http://www.nicolebross.com

Parents as Teachers

Non-profit

 

About Us

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Parents as Teachers is an innovative, evidence-based model using the best research available on child development to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Research shows that in the first few years children learn more - and at a faster pace - than at any other time in life. The first three years are an especially crucial time for building the brain architecture that supports all future development and provides a foundation for success in school, work and relationships. Parents, with the support of community programs and services, play a key role in launching their children on the road to success before they ever sit in a classroom. Parents as Teachers model-certified home visitors deliver four components of a cohesive package of services that are designed to identify and build on family strengths, capabilities and skills and build protective factors within the family.
Parents as Teachers will have a booth inside the library in the Children's Department during festival day.

Patricia Filteau

Independent Author

  Patricia Filteau mines a wealth of personal experiences that bring to life her Kate Roarty, P.I. series. Inspired by a career that took her from archaeology to small business to trade commissioner and diplomat, this writer takes us on a high-stakes, high-tech pursuit of stolen intellectual property. Murder, deceit, and corruption invade these tales. Dollops of love, romance, and compassion keep her readers teetering on the edge. Vantage Point, was published in 2015, Traces in 2017 and Steps is due out in 2020. Patricia Filteau grew up in the boreal forest of northern Canada. She went on to live, work, and travel in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Her lifelong passion for long-distance open-water swimming connects her to the outdoors and the wilderness she knows and loves. She has experienced adventure, adversity, avarice, and passion in many geographically diverse and humanly dynamic settings. She embraces the Canadian wilderness and urban landscape with equal delight and awe. Patricia lived, worked and wrote in Ottawa, Canada and swam in Meech Lake, The Gatineau, Quebec for thirty-five years. In 2019, she moved to Lethbridge, Alberta where she is exploring the surrounding reservoirs to continue open water swimming, the coulees for hiking, the Old Man River for dog walking and delighting in the warm welcoming western hospitality that is inspiring her current writing and experiences. Patricia has two adult children.     https://www.facebook.com/pat.filteau

Penny Hodgson

Independent Author

Penny Hodgson was born in Weyburn, SK Canada in December 1965, given up for adoption, and adopted by a Regina, SK family in May 1966. By 1974, doctors discovered that Penny was born with severe bilateral hip dysplasia. This meant she would require multiple orthopedic surgeries over the course of her life to remain pain free and mobile. Penny's life challenges didn't stop there. She was molested by a family member as a young child, raped at 13 yrs old by the drunken father of two children she had been babysitting, and bullied throughout her school years for the way she walked. She would face sexual harassment in the workplace, and eventually find herself working with police and a provincial prosecutor to bring a fraudster to justice. Penny left behind a successful operational accounting career of over 20 years, went back to school and fulfilled her life's purpose of teaching others how to leave behind the emotional baggage from their own life's challenges, and enjoy life again. Mind Files is Penny's debut book describing the program she developed and uses in her holistic practice.   https://www.mindfiles.ca/

Piggyback Poutinerie

Food

#Outdoor Vendor

piggyback   Come and check out the Piggyback Poutinerie, Lethbridge's FIRST all poutine restaurant, at the Word On The Street Festival! They will be serving their famous poutine along with mac & cheese bites and deep fried pickle spears. https://www.facebook.com/piggybackpoutinerie/    

Read On

Literacy and Arts Organizations

#Inside the Library

The Read On Program at the Lethbridge Public Library will be offering an open house inside the Library at this year's Festival. Make sure to visit them and learn what services they can offer you! Adult Literacy Services include:

  • Adult Basic Education: Read On offers one-on-one help to English speaking adults.
  • English Language Learners: Read On offers one-on-one help to adults who need to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • Classes: Read On offers various classes to adult learners.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available!
Read On is one of the departments in the library that a lot of people don't know about.  We work with adults who, for whatever reason, want to improve their literacy skills.  Since 1981 we have helped 1000's of adults learn to read, write, speak English and/or French, improve their math skills, learn how to use a computer, pass their Canadian Citizenship, language assessment, GED, or Alberta Trade Entrance tests.  None of this would have been possible without our small army of volunteers who work with our adult students to meet their needs. Come on down (we are located downstairs adjacent to the Children's Department) to Read On to: meet our staff, learn more about how you can join our volunteer team or how we can help you improve your literacy skills. We would love to meet you! http://www.lethlib.ca/adult/readon

Read World Foundation

Non-profit

Eastern and Central Visayas islands in the Philippines were devastated by super typhoon Haiyan (local name, Yolanda). The strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit landfall in Tacloban City, with sustained 355 km/hr winds and 20-feet storm surge, flattened the landscape and left over 6000 casualties, thousands displaced and homeless.
While the world responded with much generosity, local politics and corruption have caused much delay in helping those affected find normalcy even today.

MISSION

ReadWorld Foundation aims to support the rebuilding of library resources in schools and universities affected by disasters in the Philippines.
  http://www.readworldfoundation.org/

Reconciliation Lethbridge

Non-profit

 

Reconciliation Lethbridge is a local response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action, leading the way in engaging all people of Lethbridge in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. We believe in open and honest conversations to understand our diverse histories and experiences, leading to healing and a coming together. Reconciliation Lethbridge is comprised of the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network and the City of Lethbridge.

Ryan Carriere

Independent Author

  Hi, I’m Ryan, and I’m passionate about writing. Do you love to read? Look no further than my debut novel – A Tale of the Eternal Stones: Firestone. For too long I ignored my passion and instead toiled away in the doldrums of the corporate world. Mysteries of the past and questions of the future inspire me to turn history on its side and weave together monsters, magic and misfits, creating fun new worlds to explore!

www.ryancarriere.ca

https://www.facebook.com/ryancarriereauthor/

https://twitter.com/AuthorCarriere

South Alberta FASD Network (SAFAN)

Non-profit

South Alberta FASD Network will be providing information and materials regarding  supports and services offered by the network, as well as, awareness and prevention of FASD. They will be serving "mocktails" at a small booth designed by AGLC. Vision: The Community served by the South Alberta Network has a comprehensive and coordinated regional response to FASD across the lifespan and a continuum of services that is respectful of individual, family, culture, and community diversity. Mission: The Network is committed to increasing regional capacity through the enhancement of existing and the development of new FASD services in three primary areas of focus: Awareness and Prevention, Assessment and Diagnosis, and Supports for Individuals and Caregivers.

Programs and Services Offered

FASD Assessment and Diagnostic Clinic

  • Diagnostic services will be accessible to children and youth from 7-17 years of age within our geographical region. Services will include medical, cognitive and behavioural assessments completed by a multidisciplinary team. Assessment and diagnostic services may lead to a confirmed diagnosis under the spectrum of FASD. Once the individual has been diagnosed, an intervention plan will be developed and implemented by our Follow-up Coordinator.
  • The Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosis state that early diagnosis helps provide appropriate interventions and supports for children with FASD and their families and helps reduce the risk of developing secondary disabilities.
http://fasd.alberta.ca/south-alberta-fasd-network.aspx

South Region Parents as Teachers

Non-profit

Parents as Teachers is an innovative, evidence-based model using the best research available on child development to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Research shows that in the first few years children learn more - and at a faster pace - than at any other time in life. The first three years are an especially crucial time for building the brain architecture that supports all future development and provides a foundation for success in school, work and relationships. Parents, with the support of community programs and services, play a key role in launching their children on the road to success before they ever sit in a classroom. Parents as Teachers model-certified home visitors deliver four components of a cohesive package of services that are designed to identify and build on family strengths, capabilities and skills and build protective factors within the family.

    http://www.southregionpat.ca/

Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Literacy and Arts Organizations

SAAG The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! They will offering a free children's activity at their booth this year. Please make sure to visit them and have some fun doing arts and crafts! http://www.saag.ca

Stray Books Ltd

Writing & Publishing

Oh, hello! Welcome to Stray Books, home to creative, weird, and wonderful stories coming out of Calgary, Alberta. Our goal is pretty simple: to connect amazing story-tellers with amazing people. If you like stories (and who doesn’t?) you’re in the right place. In the age of blockbusters, Netflix, and countless other entertainment options, deciding to publish good ol’ print novels — and eBooks, of course — might seem a bit dated. But at Stray Books, we believe that written works not only have a place, but also have a type of freedom you won’t find in movies, TV, and YouTube. Printed stories can be wild — free of the high-budgets and the difficulties of putting together other media. By utilizing technology, we’re able to keep our team small and local while looking around us for new and exciting authors, artists, and creative-minded people in general. One of the things we’re most proud of is our home: Alberta. Our province is always changing, bringing in new people and new stories every day. We’re here to share those stories with you. If you’re a writer or an artist, feel free to drop us a line in our Submit section, and if you’re a reader, be sure to check out our first release, Future Fables and Strange Stories. And make sure to check us out at @StrayBooksLtd on facebook, @straybooksltd on Instagram, and @BooksStray on twitter!   https://straybooks.ca/

TechBridge Makerspace

Non-profit

TechBridge Makerspace is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of providing a venue for innovation and growth in Southern Alberta. To do this we will provide space to work, tools to use, and education to enable you to design and create. TechBridge will offer spaces for use on a membership basis. Just as gym members can use gym equipment and facilities as part of their membership, TechBridge members will be able to access spaces and tools. There will be shops for woodworking and metal working. Some of the featured equipment that will be available include 3D printers and a laser cutter. Other spaces will provide opportunities to do video and photography work, textiles and sewing, and robotics and electronics. Use of tools will require an initial training at minimal cost to make sure they are used appropriately and safely. At TechBridge there will also be opportunities to take classes. There will be classes for children, youths and adults. Classes for school aged children will generally be offered as after school, weekend, or summer camp opportunities. Additionally there will be spaces available to rent. These would include private storage space, private studios in which to work, and offices and co-working space for those wanting to take advantage of the collaborative environment. We will also have a "store" where regularly supplies and materials can be purchased. Other maker related items and parts such as electronics components, projects kits, printing materials and hardware would also be available.

Why should you join

There are many reasons. Here some of the highlights.
  • Personal development and empowerment.
  • Build your self-confidence and lifelong abilities.
  • A community of like-minded and creative people.
  • Excellent learning opportunities.
  • Increase value to the modern workforce and job skills.
  • Improved kinesthetic abilities, and practical knowledge.
  • An environment of inspiration and motivation.
  • Take your idea from napkin to saleable product.
  http://www.techbridgemakerspace.com/

The River Bottom Writers

Independent Author

The River Bottom Writers started after a few of the founding members took a writing course at the Lethbridge College. Finding that they wanted to continue learning and perfecting their craft, they decided to continue meeting after the course ended. Starting in 2012, a small group of writers started meeting in the atrium of the Lethbridge College.  New members joined and the group continued to grow. Finding the public space inadequate,  the group moved several times over the years until coming full circle back to the starting point. The inspiration for our name comes from the fertile soil found by most rivers that encourages growth and nurturing to new and developed plants. Much like the rivers soil, we strive to grow and nurture each other to better ourselves in the written word. We meet every Thursday at 7pm in the Richardson Oilseed Room at the Lethribdge College. Open to the public, all forms of writing are welcome!     http://www.riverbottomwriters.com/

The Tail-Gators

Food

#Outfoor Vendor

The Hansen brothers, Jeff and Jay, take inspiration from their love of sports and Southern travels to bring their favorite thirst-quenching recipes to you. The Tail-Gators will be serving lemonade, ice coffee, avrie palmers, Hawaiian shaved ice, as well as, their all new Gator Dawgs and nachos and cheese. https://www.facebook.com/Tail-Gators-1639084739636791/

Tutor Doctor

Commercial

  Not all students learn in the same manner. However, because many schools adopt standardized teaching methods, it leaves many children at a disadvantage. At Tutor Doctor Lethbridge, we offer an alternative to the uniform teaching methods many teachers use. Instead, our skilled private tutors in Lethbridge take the time to understand each student and determine their strengths and weaknesses. We pair each child with a tutor that complements their needs and learning style. We also incorporate their current coursework so that each client can see tangible improvements and the student is not overwhelmed with even more work.  

Check out some of the subjects we cover:

  • Math
  • Science
  • English
  • Spanish
  • ESL
  • Test Prep
  • ACT/SAT®
  Visit our website: tutordoctor.com/lethbridge/  

University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

Literacy and Arts Organizations

U of L Art Gallery The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery is one of the Festival's proud Community Partners! They will be offering a family-based hands on art activity at their booth space again this year called "Surrealist Game Drawings". They will be using a Surrealist game method of pulling words out of a hat – two adjectives and a noun - and then use the imagination with a sense of humour to create a drawing of what the words mean when put together. Make sure to stop by their booth for some all ages family fun! http://www.ulag.ca

University of Lethbridge Bookstore

Non-profit

#Bookstore Tent

Bookstore LogoThe University of Lethbridge Bookstore is our Official Book Seller for The Word On The Street Festival 2017. Please see their location to purchase books by all of the presenting authors, as well as book signings. See the schedule for more details. http://www.uleth.ca/bookstore