Q&A with Tamiah Dwernychuk, Summer Creative/Library Assistant, Spirit River Municipal Library

Editor’s Note: Several weeks ago, the Spirit River Municipal Library issued a call for application to a summer Creative Assistant position. At the conclusion of the search, Tamiah Dwernychuk, 16, was selected to fill the role. Read on to get to know her and to learn what fun activities she has on the drawing board for kids for the summer.

Tamiah Dwernychuk is Spirit River Municipal Library’s creative assistant for the summer.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 16 and entering Grade 11 at Spirit River Regional Academy in the coming school year. I was born in Spirit River and have lived in town my whole life. Outside of school, I play competitive volleyball with Velocity Volleyball Club in Grande Prairie. The club season is now over, but our practice is usually three times a week.

Can you please talk about how volleyball became your sport?
I started playing volleyball when I was 12. One of my older sisters also play volleyball, and it just looked like fun. So, I tried it out and stuck with it. I played for South Peace Volleyball Club on my first year. Last May, I got to go to my first national championships in Edmonton. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt on things, it’s nice to be able to travel again and be with the girls.

Would you let us into your thought process as you consider summer employment at the Spirit River Municipal Library?
I thought I would try different work environments to see where I would fit in best and to help me decide what I would pursue post-secondary.

Do you like to read?
I love to read, and I love to write. I especially enjoy essays and poetry. Language Arts is my favorite subject in school, and my favorite essay I’ve written was the one on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We read it in class and wrote essay on it. I got a high mark on my essay.

What are some of your strengths that you think will help you in your new job?
I’m a very creative person, I’m good with computer work, and I’m very independent. One of my main tasks is developing and implementing activities for kids once a week, which I’m really excited for. I obviously have other responsibilities as well, including checking in and checking out, and putting books away.

So, what are some of the library’s summer activities that you can share with us so far?
The library has many fun activities coming up. Our first week of summer activities for kids is Super Hero Week on Wednesday, July 13. Also, every Wednesday, at 1:30pm, fun crafts and games will be held. Just a reminder that a caregiver must be present for children under the age of five. To register, please call or e-mail the library.

Members can also look forward to the TD Summer Reading Program with the theme, Once Upon a Time; Myths and Legends.

Children can now register for the reading part of the program. Each child who registers for the reading part of the program will receive a booklet full of fun activities and a reading log to keep track of all the library books they have read during the summer. Everyone must have a library membership to participate.

Library Summer Hours (July 2 – August 26):

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am-4pm
  • Thursday: 1-8pm
  • Saturday: 12-4pm
  • Sunday: Closed