Out Loud 2018: Passions Pursued

1 October 2018

“The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential.” John C. Maxwell

This statement by leadership guru John Maxwell has been proven true by all of the presenters we have coming to Out Loud this year. Everyone of them has taken the dreams and passions stored within and poured them into their different creative endeavours that can be shared with the world. Being a library, the most common form of artistic expression we deal with is writing. So, it should come as no surprise that we have two outstanding authors as part of our line up this year. On Saturday, October 13, William Thomas. In addition to being an author, William is a scriptwriter and a nationally syndicated humour columnist. He is also the senior writer for Canada’s Forever Young. William has been nominated twice for the prestigious Gemini Award for writing movies for television.  He is the author of ten books of humour including the story of his buck-toothed cat named Malcolm titled Life In The Litterbox.  (You don’t have to read the book.  In the end, she got the car and he got the damn cat.) His tribute to the great Canadian sport of curling was titled Hey!  Is That Guy Dead Or Is He The Skip?  William claims 5,000 curlers bought that book … and later burned it. He wrote the definitive book on male behavior Guys – Not Real Bright And Damn Proud Of It! The memoir about his wee Irish mother Margaret was initially titled All Humour Needs A Victim And Your Mother Should Come First!  (That was changed to Margaret & Me because as the author says: “Even at 91, your mother can still get a lawyer!”) I could go on, but you get the picture. Be prepared for a night of hilarity. William will have books available for purchase that he will be happy to sign but if your budget won’t stretch that far, we do have most of them in the library.

Our next author is Kevin Van Tighem who returns to Sheep River on Friday, October 26.  Kevin is a former superintendent at Banff National Park, who has written more than 200 articles, stories and essays on conservation and wildlife which have garnered him many awards. He is the author of Bears Without Fear, The Homeward Wolf, Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River, and Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta. To round out our author line up we have Authors Among Us on Saturday, October 27, 1:00-4:00. Join us for this informal symposium of authors who (mostly) live right among us in the Diamond Valley. These writers run the full spectrum of fiction, poetry, memoir, non-fiction and children’s books. You can meet with them one on one, listen to readings from their works and purchase their books. The coffee pot will also be on!

If you’ve had enough of authors and their books, don’t miss our spectacular musical event: Kristyn Harris in concert on Friday, October 19. (These tickets will go fast!). Kristyn hails fromTexas and this musical powerhouse is noted for her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style, unique song-writing, award winning yodel and captivating stage presence. At 23, she is the youngest person to be awarded the Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year and the only female to receive it twice. Kristyn was recently a contestant on American Idol.

All Out Loud events begin at 7:00 and are free, thanks to the wonderful work by our Friends Foundation but tickets are required due to limited seating and they may still be available at the library by the time you get this issue.

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the Vintage Fashion Show. We will advertise the new date when we have it nailed down. In the meantime, if you wish to see the vintage clothing that is available at Banjolena’s Closet, then stop by Bertie’s at the old Blakeman’s store on Government Road in Black Diamond. 

This is our seventh year of presenting Out Loud and we hope you come to some or all of our events.

October Brings Out Loud to the Library

1 September 2018

October is Canadian Library month and Sheep River Library will be celebrating with the 7th Annual Out Loud Series: Passions Pursued. This year we are thrilled to have such a great line up of performers, speakers and events. Canadianauthor, William Thomas, who is also a scriptwriter and nationally syndicated humour columnist, will be here Saturday, October 13 at 7:00.  He is the author of ten books of humour, including Life in the Litterbox and The Legend of Zippy Chippy. Although we have most of his books in our collection, there will be books for sale at this event. The following Friday night, October 19, Kristyn Harris,a Texas-bred musical powerhouse, will treat us to her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style and award-winning yodelling. You do not want to miss her captivating stage presence. At 23, she is the youngest person to be awarded the Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year and the only female to receive it twice. Kristyn was recently a contestant on American Idol. We have Kevin Van Tighem returning to the library, Friday, October 26. This former superintendent at Banff National Park, is the award-winning author of several books including Bears Without Fear, The Homeward WolfHeart Waters: Sources of the Bow River and Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta. Kevin’s talk begins at 7 pm. For something a little different, we have a couple of exciting events. Take a trip down memory lane at the Vintage Fashion Show on October 12, 7 pm. Join the founder of Banjolena’s Closet and enjoy the fashions, music and snacks from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Due to the anticipated popularity of these events, admission will be by ticket only. You can pick up your FREE ticket for the above events at the library starting September 15.
We finish our series with Authors Among Us on Saturday, October 27. Come and experience an afternoon symposium of authors who live right among us in Diamond Valley. You can meet with them one on one, listen to readings from their works and purchase their books. The event will run from 1-4 pm. For more information about any of these events please go to our website or pick up a brochure at the library. For our Fall program line up, please refer to the program pages in this issue of the HCN, check the website or drop into the library to pick up a brochure.

See you at Out Loud. Don’t forget to get your tickets!

Poetry at the Library

1 August 2018

The Poetry by the Fireside group which meets at the library on the last Thursday of the month, had another successful year with many wonderful poems being written and shared. It is by far one of my favourite programs to attend. Our inspiration comes from photos sent out by Doris. It is amazing to see the different ways these photos kick the imagination into gear. The same photo can produce a humorous rhyming story, a thought provoking reflection or a trip down memory lane, in free verse, acrostic or rhymed metre.  All our original work is archived each month in a binder, along with the photos, on the new book shelf, so you can come in any time and read what has been put into verse. If you are interested in poetry either reading the work of others or writing your own, please come along on the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 am. The following are some of the poems shared this year.

Trekking Sandhill dunes
              Boots ankle deep in aeolian quartz
                             Long distance vistas
                                          Undulating grassy surface
Dry, hot winds
                Suck sweat from brow
                              Crystalline salt decorates hat band
                                           Skin becoming leathered
Cinnabar bluestem skeletons
                 Shelter grasshopper sparrow nests
                               Cover for ornate box turtles
                                           Trekking toward egg-laying sites
Prickly-pear cacti
                  Refuge for scurrying prairie skinks
                               Soapweed yucca racemes
                                           A western meadow lark’s performance stage
A distant derrick
                 Wheel spinning, spinning
                               Drawing fossil water from the Ogallala
                                            Into the blistering Sandhill’s summer
Tired feet
                Press onward
                              Buoyed by the prospect
                                             Of a quenched thirst
A delighted tingle
               Courses over parched lips
                               And quivering throat
                                             A life affirming shudder

Larry Kapustka

A Windmill

sadly abandoned
like the old sunken tool shed
in the field beyond
a small windmill stands
metal legs extended, wired for stability
many blades gone from the wheel
energy expended
wind no longer a friend
in front fence posts lean south
once battered by strong north winds
that created power
turned the mill wheel
pumped the water
the windmill
once a valuable tool
can’t smile without teeth
a carpet of dandelions at its base
the only promise of a bright tomorrow.
Della L. Dickie


The winter is too long in ending and I miss you.
Most of the others stay around but you always go,
Not on some southbound journey to sunnier climes
You disappear
Burrowed deep, hiding, unlike
Blue, stretched across the canvas of the sky
Tinted pink and orange at dawn and dusk
Yellow beams on cloudless days
From a golden sun with its own box of highlighters
But you are not there
You have abandoned us to dreary brown
And insipid white
We yearn for your return as
You are life and hope
You are the bright vibrant green of spring.

Jan Burney

Headwinds (An acrostic)

Heavy and low in the water, with
Every stroke we strain toward camp.
A little headwind and with un-
Daunted courage we dig in and paddle.
Wowee! Twelve miles in the current
In just four hours. Now for drinks, tapas, grilled salmon and
Nice dry socks. Lewis and Clark and the Corps of
Discovery pulled 17 miles a day, every day, upstream, rain or shine.
Syrah in hand, I’m glad I’m a tourist, not an explorer.

Doris Daley

Summertime at the Library

1 July 2018

First off, thank you to everyone who supported our book sale on June 2 at Discovery Day. It was a roaring success. We have just about finished sorting through what remained, either sending the items on to Better World Books or to be recycled. We sold over 2,000 books, CDs and DVDs and had a wonderful time meeting and chatting with all who dropped by.

Time is fast approaching for our Summer Reading Program for children aged 4-10. This year’s theme is “Feed Your Passions.” Teagan is all set to provide a fun-filled hour of stories, crafts, games and activities. The first session, 10-11 am is for children aged four to six. A slightly longer session for seven to ten-year olds follows at 11:10 am. Summer Reading Program starts on Wednesday, July 4th and will run until August 22. The program will not be held on August 1. Instead, we have one of Marigold’s summer students, Grant, coming out to do a Minecraft session which will definitely feed some people’s passion. This will be an activity-based session for those who already know how to use Minecraft. We only have space for 12 participants, so please sign up soon. Laptops will be provided for everyone. For more information on our Summer Reading Program please go to our website or pick up the brochure at the library.

The bikes are back and are ready to be taken out on your card. There is a one-time waiver to fill out which covers you for the entire 2018 season. If biking is not your passion, but walking or hiking is, then perhaps the Sheep River Ramblers would be more to your liking. Now that the snow has melted off the hiking trails, the Ramblers are back in full swing. There are multiple walks and hikes scheduled every week for all levels and abilities. This is a great way to maintain fitness, socialise and appreciate the wonders of nature at the same time.  If you are interested in receiving the e-mails which detail the hikes on offer, then please call Gita at the library and she will add you to the list.

If you are more the couch potato type and like to laze the summer away in a hammock or lounger, we have the perfect books for summer reading. Whether it is a good thriller, mystery or romance, we can get you connected either physically or digitally. Recently, Marigold Library System staff were in to weed our adult fiction section, so it is not so cramped anymore and all sorts of treasures can now be found.

Even though we have only just cracked the door open on summer, fall is not that far off. As always, we will be presenting our Out Loud Series in October. The line up of authors and performers is shaping up well. This year we decided to bring back an event from our very first Out Loud in 2012: Author’s Among Us. We are hoping to fill the library with local authors who can display and talk to you about their work. There will also be public readings throughout the day. If you are a local author and would like to participate, please call Jan at the library (403-933-3278) to reserve your spot. We only have space for 24 authors. The event will take place on Saturday, October 27, 1-4 pm.

Remember, that in the next edition of the High Country News our Fall Program Guide will be printed on the centre pages. This will detail all our programs running from September to December including the  Out Loud Series.

Sheila's Farewell

1 June 2018

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” (Paulo Coehlo, Author.)

Saying goodbye to people to whom you have grown close, because they are moving away is never easy, whether it is friends, family or co-workers. We must deal with feelings of loss and the anxiety that change often brings. This month, at the library, we have bid farewell to a much loved and long serving staff member, Sheila Ewasiuk. Sheila began her career here as a volunteer in 2008. In 2009, she joined the staff as an associate. Over time, her skills and knowledge of library operations led her to become the “Queen of Courier” – making sure that patrons got the books they requested in a timely fashion. Sheila also took on the job of processing all the Audio-Visual materials: DVDs, CD and audio books. To say she will be missed is an understatement.  To honour Sheila’s many years of service we will be having a farewell afternoon tea on Sunday, June 3 at 2 pm at the library. Anyone who would like to come and extend their best wishes is welcome to drop in.

The not so “new hello” we have been rewarded with is Teagan who will take over Sheila’s roles. Teagan has been on staff since 2014. Many of you will recognise her as our Summer Reading Program and Spring Break Children’s Program Co-Ordinator. Teagan has also worked the circulation desk on Wednesdays. We are thrilled to have her involved more and to have had such a seamless transition. (Cuts down on the aforementioned anxiety).

As part of the Discovery Days celebration in Turner Valley on Saturday, June 2, the library will host its annual book sale from 11 am – 3 pm. Doris has been diligently sorting all book donations and discarded books to make it easy for you to peruse by category. You never know what treasures you may discover! (Although, I’d like to think we’d be smart enough to have found any first editions before they make it to the for- sale carts).  All items will be 25c but larger donations will be accepted with gratitude.

The Bikes are back at the library and have been tuned up, pumped up and spruced up ready for the summer season. All you need to do is complete the waiver for the 2018 season and check one out on your card. Perfect for a quick trip to Black Diamond or a leisurely ride up to Sandy McNabb. Helmets and locks are provided.

With the arrival of summer our role as the Visitor Information Centre for the Town kicks into gear. This means that on long weekends we will be open on Saturdays and the statutory holiday (usually a Monday) from noon to 4 pm. All library services are available during these hours.

If you are currently a resident of Black Diamond and would like to play a more active role in the library, there are two positions vacant on the Library Board. Due to members moving out of the area and Board terms expiring, we now need to fill these two spots.  If you would like to contribute to our continuing success as a vital community hub, life-long learning centre and library then please call the library at 403-933-3278.

Nature and Things

1 May 2018

It was a great pleasure to have Ian Wilson and Jacinthe Lavoie back at the library to show their multi -media presentation, Wings Over Canada, on April 12. The audience was treated to their stunning photography of the beautiful natural habitat that surrounds us. To continue our appreciation of the wonders of the natural landscape we are so fortunate to have in Canada, we have Alisen Dopf coming to the library on May 3 at 7 pm. Alisen is a 25- year mountain veteran who will be giving a presentation on the Rockwall Trail. The Rockwall Trail is THE Canadian backpacking destination. This 55 km trek in Kootenay National Park boasts 30 km of almost unbroken limestone walls that tower 900m above the trail. Come see beautiful wild flowers on immense meadows, gorgeous lakes, impressive waterfalls, and hanging glaciers. Follow along as we trek from Marble Canyon to Floe Lake, travelling over three alpine passes, along the Great Divide Trail. Alisen’s talk will be part travelogue and part advice for those who may wish to hike the trail themselves. If that seems a bit daunting and you want to ease yourself back into hiking once the snow melts (note I said “once”, and not “if”) then consider joining the Sheep River Ramblers. This ever-expanding group of intrepid outdoors people would love to have you join their ranks. Call the library to get on the e-mail list so that you can receive notifications of all outings.
If getting out onto the hiking trail is not on your horizon because your focus hasn’t quite left the workplace yet, then consider coming to Personality Types in the Workplace. This workshop, facilitated by McBride Career Group, will help you learn about yourself and those you work with. The workshop will review the MBTI Personality Assessment model (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and present the 16 different personality types. You will discover your own natural preferences and preferred way of doing things and learn how to choose a career and manage your career based on your type. The material will also help you acknowledge your strengths, weaknesses, and contributions to the workplace. The workshop is taking place Wednesday June 13 5:30-8:30 pm. Please register at the library (403-933-3278).
Come the May long weekend, we will have the Bikes back at the library for you to take out on your card. You can go for a quick trip along Friendship Trail to Black Diamond, or head up the road to explore the bike trails in Kananaskis. There is a one-time waiver to sign for the 2018 season.
Next time you are in the library, don’t forget to drop into the gallery space and see the art work on display by Barb Fedun. Barb’s work features a variety of techniques including collage, charcoal, alcohol inks, and acrylic inks. 
Please note that on Wednesday, May 16 the library will only be open from 10 am -1 pm to allow the staff to attend the Marigold Library System annual training workshop. All Wednesday morning programs will run as usual.

Spring, Where Are You?

1 April 2018

In my last article I posed the question, “Will Spring EVER come?” As I write this month’s column, some adverse weather system from the south has snow blowing fiercely past the library windows. More shovelling will be required in the coming days, along with hazardous sidewalks and parking lots. So, the answer to my question is obviously, “not for a while”. Wouldn’t it be nice to live somewhere where the seasons can be described without using the words brutal or bitter? So, although we do not have any change in weather, there are some other changes to talk about.  

If you have been using the library e-resource Mango, there will be a change as of April 2. Mango is an on-line language resource and it has been replaced with Pronunciator. This new resource has more languages available and 51 ESL courses on offer. If you have ever wanted to learn a foreign language, then check out Pronunciator as it is free with your library card. Sign in through either www.marigold.ca or www.tracpac.ab.ca. While you are on the e-resource page, you may as well check out all the other free resources you have access to, such as newspapers, magazines, movies, music, research tools as well as e-books and audio books.  This is very handy if you are trapped in your house because of the aforementioned snow. You do not need to even to come to the library and if you need help with any of these you can just call us. No matter how bad the weather, we will be here.

Two programs that are coming up early in April that you might not want to miss are “Wings Over Canada” on April 12 at 7:00 pm with Ian Wilson And Jacinthe Lavoie, and Search and Rescue’s Navigation Course on Saturday, April 7, from 9:00 am -2:00 pm. Please call 403-933-3278 to sign up for either event.

During Spring Break this year (April 3-6) we are offering a free kid’s all-day program. The program will run from 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday- Friday. There will be a variety of activities: crafts, games, reading-time,   themed days and movies. The program will be facilitated by Teagan who runs our Summer Reading Program with assistance from the staff. Space is limited to 12 children. If successful (meaning, if we survive it) then we will offer the program during reading week (February) and Spring Break next year.
Since the snow seems to want to stay around for a while longer, you might want to (or need to) take out a pair of our snowshoes for either a hike or to just make it to the post office. Snowshoes can be taken out on your card just like a book. If you want to participate in a more organized outing, then sign up to join the Sheep River Ramblers and you will receive information regarding all outdoor adventures.

Hopefully, by the time I come to write May’s article, Spring will have actually come, and all this snow will be a distant memory. However, judging by the view outside my window, and the piles of snow on the library lawn, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were still shovelling our way out! So those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are still a ways off. Sunscreen, sandals and shorts are for now the things of which dreams are made.

Spring and Beyond at Sheep River Library

1 March 2018

I feel I need to preface what I am about to say with the disclaimer that I am no fan of Reality TV shows. So it would seem strange that I would be directing your attention to the reboot of American Idol which returns to the air on March 11 on ABC.  However, I do so for good reason. One of the contestants, Kristyn Harris, will be making an appearance at Sheep River Library as part of our fall Out Loud line up in October. Kristyn hails from Texas and is an accomplished singer and musician. So if you want to get a sneak peek of this amazing performer before she gets here, then tune in to American Idol. Details about Kristyn’s concert at the library will be available later in the year along with the rest of our Out Loud presenters.

If October seems too far off to be thinking about, then let me draw your attention to some programs that are happening in the not too distant future. Search and Rescue are holding their Navigation Course on Saturday, April 7, from 9:00-2:00. If you have ever wished to know how to use a compass correctly or how to read a map, then this is the course for you. After taking the course you will be well prepared for hikes and adventures out in the beautiful wilderness that surrounds us. Please call the library to register. (430-933-3278).

Spring also heralds the return of our computer classes. Whether you are a total newbie to technology or have some experience but need help, we can accommodate you. Tech Talk Intro and Tech Talk Basics start on Wednesday April 11 as does the Tech Talk Café where one on one support is given. If you have a particular computer issue you are struggling with, then this is the time for you to come in and get the help you need. Intro to iPads starts on March 6 with a follow up class on March 13. For start times either go to www.sheepriverlibrary.ca or if using websites is one of your struggles, then please just call us. We’ll be happy to help you out.

This spring we also have authors and photographers Ian Wilson and Jacinthe Lavoie returning to present another of their fabulous shows, “Wings Over Canada” on April 12 at 7:00. This travelogue with wings explores Canada one bird at a time, from shorebirds to songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. This 45-minute multimedia presentation is a mix of vivid images, classical music and entertaining stories.

From April 10 to May 18, you can learn about how to Age with Wisdom and Joy. This interactive class, led by Colleen Lemire, covers topics such as compassion, forgiveness and surrender. The course uses a required textbook which will be available at the first class for $35. 
Looking a little further ahead in the spring (will it EVER come??), our Bikes For All program will start up again on the May Long Weekend. We have a variety of bikes for adults and children, that can be taken out on your library card. If you just want to hop over to Black Diamond, or wish to head up to the bike trails in Kananaskis, we can get you on your way. Come in and get your waiver signed, so that you will be good to go for multiple trips over the summer.

The Classics and More…

1 February 2018

When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, we tend to focus on improving our physical and mental health.  We will get fit, we will lose weight, we will watch less television and read better books. So let me put in a plug for the Austentatious Book Club that meets the 2nd Thursday of each month on the west side of the fireplace. This book club is devoted to reading the classics written by a wide variety of authors in a multitude of genres from the late 18th to the mid -20th century. Of course, the question that may come to mind is, “Why bother?”  Aren’t these books out of date? How could they relate to me? Why would I read something that is hundreds of pages in length and uses words I have never heard of before? All good questions to which there are equally good answers many of which can be found in Italo Calvino’s short essay “Why Read the Classics?” published in the The New York Review of Books in 1986 and can easily be found online. Calvino gives 14 reasons why we should still read the classics beyond when we had to read them in school or university.  According to Calvino, we use the word “classics” for those books that are treasured by those who have read and loved them; but they are treasured no less by those who have the luck to read them for the first time in the best conditions to enjoy them.Calvino points out thatto read a great book for the first time in one’s maturity is an extraordinary pleasure, different from (though one cannot say greater or lesser than) the pleasure of having read it in one’s youth. There should therefore be a time in adult life devoted to revisiting the most important books of our youth. Every rereading of a classic is as much a voyage of discovery as the first reading. For me personally, I enjoy reconnecting with many of literature’s beloved characters, such as Elizabeth Bennett, Jane Eyre or Hester Prynne. I also love how the works were written: the use of language and rediscovering words that have fallen from daily use.  Much contemporary genre fiction, does not provide much of a challenge in this area. (Don’t get me wrong – I love a good mystery or crime novel as much as the next person).  But in reading H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man for January’s selection the opening page provided, “portmanteau”, “human charity”, “lymphatic” and “eclat”. In combination with Scrabble and Cryptic Crosswords, I hope that exposing my brain to such language on a regular basis will keep Alzheimer’s at bay. So, I encourage you to read Calvino’s essay and come and join the Austentatious Book Club. February’s selection is The Great Gatsby.

A quick footnote to the November article I wrote regarding Sue Grafton’s alphabetical mystery series. I reported that the last book in the series would appear in September 2019. Tragically, Sue Grafton passed away at the end of December. Although a publication date and title had been announced, alas, the manuscript was unwritten at the time of her death. The author had requested that the final novel not be ghost written by anyone else, so unhappily the series ends at Y and Z really is for Zero: there will be no more. I’m sure I will get over it. Eventually. Probably.

Other upcoming programs include Healthy Weight/Fit2Go on February 8 and 15 at 7:30; and Library E-Resources on February 8 at 7:00. We also have Ukrainian Easter Egg painting on Saturday February 10 and 24 at 10 am. There is a fee for the kit and registration is required as space is limited. Please call 403-933-3278 to register.  A final reminder that we do have rooms available for rent to community groups for programs or meetings. We have space for groups of any size and we have prices for profit and non-profit groups. Please call and talk to Jan if you would like to book a space. 

Winter/Spring Programs at the Library

1 January 2018

It is January, the season of New Year’s Resolutions. If one of your goals for 2018 is to be fitter and healthier, then some of our new programs may be of interest to you. Healthy Weight/Fit 2Go is for those who would like to get fit, lose those unwanted pounds, but most of all get healthier and have more energy. Qualified instructors Betty Anne and Shyrelle are offering this two session course on Thursday, February 8 and 15 at 7:30 pm. Betty Anne has a diploma in Applied Nutrition, Physiology and Anatomy and has been a nutritional counsellor for 20 plus years. Shyrelle is a personal fitness trainer, certified through NASM. She is currently finishing her Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. There is a $50 fee which covers both classes. Betty Anne is also offering the Learn to Have Healthy Cells course, starting on Saturday, January 13 and continuing on the following two Saturdays (January 20 and 27) at 10:30 am. The healthy cell concept will help you learn how to possibly prevent common diseases that attack our society, e.g. heart, liver, kidney, immune system and even cancer.  You will understand how cell protection, cell exercise, cell environment, cell food and a healthy mental attitude can be instrumental in protecting your body. We are pleased to have Colleen Lemire teach her course Aging with Wisdom and Joy (as opposed to resignation and despair) starting Tuesday, April 10 and continuing till May 29 at 7 pm. In this highly interactive eight-week course you will explore and challenge beliefs about aging.  The course draws from the insights of current authors and experts in conscious aging and elderhood as well as learning from each other’s experience.  This is done through presentation, personal reflection, and group discussion. Topics such as  self-compassion, forgiveness and  surrenderwill be covered. This is for pre- and early retirees, mid-agers, and seniors who want to live more fully with open hearts, acceptance, peace, purpose and optimism. If, by April 12 you have had enough self-improvement, we have Ian Wilson and Jacinthe Lavoie returning with another of their beautiful multi- media audio visuals: Wings Over Canada.  In this show, Ian and Jacinthe will share their recent 5-month photography/camping trip across the country, one bird at a time, from shorebirds to songbirds, and raptors to waterfowl.  This 45-minute presentation is a mix of vivid images, classical music, and entertaining stories, from watching the intricate mating ritual of cranes, to cedar waxwings feeding a nest of young birds, and gannets diving for fish. The presentation starts with birds of the West coast, moves on to mountain birds of the Rockies, winged creatures of the prairies and central Canada, and closes with birds of the East coast. This “travelogue with wings” will interest nature-lovers, bird-watchers, and photographers alike.  Our computer classes return April 11. We had wonderful feedback from those who attended the Tech Talk Café over the fall months. This is a great opportunity to come and ask specific questions on a range of topics from software programs to social media. According to one participant, “We didn’t know what we didn’t know about the internet. We probably should have been arrested”. (Participant shall remain anonymous).  Don’t forget about our regular groups that meet monthly at the library: book clubs, poetry, drumming circle, conversational French and Dogtooth Film. For details about any or all of these programs and many more, please see the centre pull out pages of this edition of the High Country News. Happy New Year and we hope to see you soon at the library!