Christmas at the Library

News Date: 
1 December 2018

Spoiler Alert: If you still believe in Santa, skip this first paragraph:

It is always exciting when a local “author among us” publishes their work. Recently, Larry Kapustka, published a collection of his stories about working as a Santa. We now have this book, Gifts for Santa: Collected Dreams and Confessions by Santa Larry, available for check out. Larry is also a member of our Poetry by the Fireside group and it is due to the encouragement of this group that he put his reminisces down on paper for a wider audience to enjoy. 

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life, we do have some copies of The Legend of Zippy Chippy by William Thomas available for sale. This book is the true and hilarious account of a racehorse who became famous as horse racing's most famous loser—0 for 100. Following the horse's story from upbringing to retirement, readers are in for an enjoyable ride on a wonderful character. Zippy's aversion to winning is only part of the humorously told story. Since the subject, a "world-class scamp" with a sweet tooth, can't speak for himself, his various owners, trainers, jockeys, and stable hands help tell his story. Copies are $25 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm where Zippy Chippy currently resides.

Once again, we will host Santa at the library to read stories to the kindergarten and Grade 1 students early in December.  Please call the library for dates and times. Any pre-school children are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend the Santa visits, please note that we have an extensive collection of Christmas picture books in our children’s area.

We are thrilled to have the Okotoks Men’s Chorus here on Monday, December 3 at 7 pm to perform a Christmas concert. Admission will be by donation with all proceeds going to the Men’s chorus. No registration is required for this event. Everyone is welcome, so please come along and join in the fun.

As the Christmas/New Year season approaches we remind patrons of our reduced hours. We will be closed December 24 – 26 and December 31 - January 2; open December 27, 28 and 29 from 12-4 pm for all circulation desk services. We will resume regular hours on Thursday, January 3. Please return items in the outside drop box which will be checked regularly on our closed days. Please note that courier items will not resume delivery till January 3.

If you wish to donate to the Salvation Army Toy Drive, the library is a drop off location until December 6, for new, unwrapped toys for children 18 years and under. Please leave your donated items in the box by the circulation desk.

For those of you who have accumulated late fines on your account you can wipe them out by bringing non-perishable items for the food bank to the library. Every donated item equals $1 of fines. We will collect items throughout the month of December. This amnesty applies only to fines, not lost or damaged items.

Our new list of programs for Winter/Spring 2019 will be available at the front desk and online at our website by mid-December. They will also be featured in the centre pages of the High Country News January edition.

“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone