Books, Books and More Books!

News Date: 
1 June 2017

There is nothing a bibliophile likes more than a book sale. Running your fingers along the spines of books looking for those favourite authors; the thrill of discovering a never read volume or recognizing a long -time favourite from your childhood, is a feeling all book lovers understand. One of my greatest finds at another library’s book sale was a signed first edition by a famous author. (I will neither divulge the title nor the library that foolishly let me walk away with this item for a mere $2!). In order to be able to indulge you properly, we are currently collecting books for our annual book sale on Saturday, June 3. We accept everything except sets of encyclopaedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books and textbooks.  These items do not sell well and we end up recycling them. As part of the Discovery Days festivities we will again set up carts of books under our veranda and you can peruse them at your leisure from 11 am-3 pm right after the Diamond Valley Parade. Purchase as many items as you can carry for 25c a piece.  What we don’t sell is sent to Better World Books and they distribute them to libraries in the developing world or sell them. A portion of the profits supports both our library and other literacy organisations. When you drop off donated books, please bring them into the library. Do not put them in the outside drop box which is for returning library items only. Whether you are donating books or not, we hope to see you at the sale on June 3. Our Sheep River Ramblers group will have an information table set up at this event as well. If you are interested in our walking or hiking groups you can talk with knowledgeable people and sign up to be on the e mail list. We also invite you to come inside the library that day and view the Indigenous book display from Marigold, and the Art display of black and white photographs by Maureen Hills in the gallery space.  We were very pleased to have had Chester Lees’ paintings here earlier in the spring and are happy to announce that many of the works were sold which made for a very successful show.

Of course, the library is not just about books. Along with our walking poles, snowshoes and tools, we now have bikes! On May 20 we launched the Start the Cycle program in partnership with the High Country Wellness Coalition. Between the May and September long weekends you will be able to take out a bicycle on your library card. If you want to bike over to Black Diamond or head up to Sandy McNabb on two wheels you will be able to do so. There are six bicycles available for adults and children with helmets provided for your physical safety. For the legal protection, a waiver form needs to be filled in one time only for the 2017 season and parents must sign these for children.  People are amazed at the range of items that are available to be borrowed and often ask us what will be next. Just to be clear – it is unlikely that you will ever be able to take out livestock on your card.

As summer approaches (slowly but surely) we would remind you that the library will continue to open on the Saturdays and Statutory days of long weekends (Noon-4 pm) as the library also functions as the Visitor Information Centre for the area. All library services are available during these hours. Our Summer Reading Program will also begin the second week of July and run for 7 weeks on Wednesdays with our fabulous co-ordinator, Teagan. There will also be Family Movie Nights and some fun weekend activities. (We will have a fuller description of what is on offer in the next edition of the High Country News.) Please go to www.sheepriverlibrary.ca for more information and details on how to register for any of our summer events.