Creston library’s next living book revealing her gypsy soul

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Kitchener resident Wendi Roth.

Kitchener resident Wendi Roth.

The Creston Valley Public Library is pleased to present Wendi Roth with “Gypsy Soul” as its March living book.

Roth came to her romance with the wandering life naturally. As the middle child in a group of seven and the only one not a twin, she spent her childhood moving from one place to another as her carpenter father’s work dictated.

Roth’s gypsy life continued into adulthood and her voyage of triumph and tragedy eventually led her to the Creston Valley. She currently lives in Kitchener, gardening and turning her years of experience and love for the land into a business creating soaps, balms and tinctures, jellies and toppings, and candied flowers and petals. This year, Roth, together with husband Randy, will venture into opening a small gift shop on her acreage promoting Creston products and raising butterflies for release. Randy’s hand-built, G-scale CP Rail train layout, featuring miniatures of local downtown stores, the Wynndel garage and Creston grain elevators will be showcased.

“Above all things,” says Roth, “life’s incredible journey has given me perspective, confidence and the tools to continue moving forward. I am truly grateful to be living in this valley and being surrounded by an abundance of wonderful supportive people.”

The Creston Valley Public Library’s Living Books speaker series is a way for community members to learn from each other. Living “books” are real people, your friends and neighbours, volunteering to share aspects of their own “story”. Through living books the library seeks to encourage the sharing of knowledge and passion between people. Each month, the library hosts a get-together where a member of your community shares their personal experiences. Topics are varied, from art to travel to local history to coping with loss, and everything in between. Attendees of the speaker series learn more about the people in their community and their diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Hear Wendi Roth speak about her “Gypsy Soul” at 1:30 p.m. March 22 at the library (531 – 16th Avenue South). Admission is free. Refreshments served. For more information on the Living Books speaker series, including upcoming living books or how to become a living book, please contact Gail at 250-428-4141 or email