GPPL column: Giving Trees @ GPPL

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As the snow begins to fall and stores begin advertising their holiday wares, there is no denying that the holiday season is upon us. Many of us have already started our preparations. We are buying gifts for friends and family and planning what we will serve to guests. We look forward to spending time with loved ones, exchanging gifts, and consuming Christmas treats.

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It’s easy to get caught up in our own plans and forget that everyone may not be so lucky. Many people struggle to make ends meet and cannot afford basic necessities, much less additional vacation expenses. It has been a difficult couple of years and the pandemic has altered our circumstances, bringing new financial stresses that are exacerbated during the Christmas season.

As we prepare for Black Friday, a day of impulsive consumerism and spending, let’s keep in mind that the holidays are all about giving. Why not get into the Christmas spirit by helping those in need? As you begin your holiday shopping, consider buying something extra for people who need support this holiday season. GPPL is hosting two donation trees to support people and creatures in need. Help us help the community by donating items.

Donating to Giving Trees is a festive way to donate! We collect donations under the trees from November 25 to December 22, then distribute items to those in need in time for Christmas. The tree above in the Children’s Department is collecting donations for our Free Little Pantry. We encourage donations of non-perishable food, diapers, and hygiene products. We will accept anything that people may need, including personal care items and toys.

The downstairs tree near the question desk is collecting items for the bandaged legs. Necessary items include: durable dog toys, food supplies, granule litter, kitten food, bleach, medical gloves, laundry detergent, and pet supplies. Help make a difference in the life of someone in your community. Every can of food, toy, or tube of toothpaste helps. Donations are accepted until December 22.

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Upcoming Library Programs:

DIY Investing: Understanding The Basics Of Investing On Your Own
Self-directed investing is becoming increasingly popular with new and veteran investors. Join James McTavish of the Alberta Securities Commission in evaluating whether this investment approach is right for you. It will cover the basics of opening a business account, researching and trading investments, and avoiding common DIY investment mistakes. Online registration or call 780-357-7455.

Date: Tuesday, November 23

Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: GPPL virtually anywhere

Career coaching
Join career counselor Bonnie Maguffee for the following career training workshops. Albertans who are underemployed, unemployed or at risk of unemployment are welcome. Register online at or call 780-357-7455. Presented in collaboration with R. Work Group.

Interview Skills Levels I and II
Learn the basics of effective interviewing skills, especially if you’re looking for a job in a new industry. Understand how to handle online interviews (most common during COVID-19) and how to determine if the job is right for you based on the interview.

Date: Level I: Wednesday, November 17 and Level II: Friday, November 19
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: GPPL virtually anywhere

How to handle conflict in the workplace
Gain confidence in how you handle bosses, co-workers, and conflict, even if you don’t like people.

Date: Thursday, November 18
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: GPPL virtually anywhere

Jill Kergan / Outreach and Learning Librarian at GPPL

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