Cooking up literacy in Wetaskiwin

Community cookbook raises funds for kids summer reading program

By Jessica Jones for The Pipestone Flyer

They say a little sugar and spice and everything nice goes a long way.

The saying certainly holds true for the creation of a new community cookbook that is going to be published by the Friends of the Wetaskiwin Library Society, and in partnership with the City of Wetaskiwin Archives, later this summer.

Svea Beson, who belongs to the Friends of the Wetaskiwin Library Society, while also being on the cookbook committee, says the funds from the community cookbook will be used to help fund some children’s programming.

“We want to keep every bit of it free for the families of Wetaskiwin so there isn’t any reason not to come,” she said of the children’s programming. “We don’t want any fences. We want to remove any barriers.”

Beson explains that it is initiatives like this that end up making “forever readers.”

In the meantime, the library is seeking the community’s family recipes to build the cookbook.

Beson says that the community is welcome to include photos of their families or history with their submitted recipe.

The Friends of the Wetaskiwin Library Society is hoping to receive 80 to100 recipes for the cookbook before mid-June.

Once the cookbook is published, it will be sold for approximately $15 at the library.

Drop off your recipe at the library or email it to or

More information can be found by calling the Wetaskiwin Public Library, 780-361-4446.

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