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 or 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 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!   

December at the Library

01 November 2017

As the snow is falling quite rapidly outside the library windows as I write this, we can be in no denial that winter is upon us. That also means that Christmas is almost upon us with all the festive decorations, lights and carols that make the cold weather tolerable.

Once again we will host Santa at the library to read stories to the kindergarten students on Tuesday, December 12 at 8:45 am and Wednesday December 13 at 10:35 am. 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 in our children’s area.

We are thrilled to have the Okotoks Men’s Chorus here on Saturday, December 9 at 2 pm to perform a selection of their music as well as lead carol singing. 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 23 – 26 and December 30 - January 2; open December 27, 28 and 29 from 12-4 pm for all circulation desk services. We will resume regular hours on Wednesday, 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.

We had a very successful first year with our Community Drumming Circle. The group has grown to 30 participants which has necessitated the purchasing of new drums. Due to the generosity of the Friends of the Library Foundation we were able to purchase a collection of gently used drums from another drumming circle. We now have 27 drums available including frame drums, tubanos and djembes. This means that we can adopt a “pay what you can afford” policy. The drumming circle meets the first Friday of the month at 7 pm. Please register by calling the library at 401-933-3278.

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 until December 15. This amnesty applies only to fines, not lost or damaged items.

Over the past few weeks many of our patrons have commented on the Canada 150 Quilt made by Karen Prescott that is hanging in the library. You can be the lucky owner of this beautiful quilt by purchasing a raffle ticket at the front desk. Tickets are $2 and the draw for the quilt will be on December 15. So, don’t miss out. This would be a wonderful addition to any home and a permanent keepsake of Canada’s sesquicentennial. The proceeds from the raffle will be split between the library and the Oilfields Food Bank.
Don’t forget that the library has an abundance of books to get you through the Christmas season. Whether you are looking for new recipes, craft ideas or gift suggestions we can steer you in the right direction. Also, if you just want to curl up beside the fire with and spend a few hours slaying dragons in a fantasy world, fleeing from a serial killer or having a few laughs with your favourite characters, we can put the right book in your hand. Please come in and talk to our knowledgeable and incredibly well read staff. 

Books, books and more books…

01 October 2017

Since I work in a library I am often asked two questions: Have you read this book yet? and What are you reading right now? Most often my answer to the first question is “no”. We simply receive too many new and ordered books for the staff to keep up with. The answer to the second question can be quite long as I am always reading something. So I thought I would share with you what I have been reading this past month. My reading selections at any time can best be described as eclectic. There are some genres that I am drawn to like suspense novels so let’s start there. My daughter and I went to Winnipeg for Thanksgiving weekend so my activity of choice for the flight was to finish reading Sue Grafton’s Y is for Yesterday, which is the 25th novel in the Kinsey Millhone private detective series. Sue Grafton began this alphabetic sleuth series with A is for Alibi in 1982 and has produced another volume every year or so since then. Although the writing of the books has covered 35 years, only seven years have passed in the fictional world of Kinsey Millhone. So, it’s always a wonderful blast to the past (that’s if you were alive back then) to a time before internet searches and cell phones. As a fan of the series, who discovered the books around letter G, I’ve always worried that the author might not make to Z but all looks good on that front and the final book Z is for Zero should be making its appearance in fall 2019. So, I landed in Winnipeg with my hunger for solving a mystery sated and moved onto this month’s selection for the  Library’s Austentatious Book Club which is devoted to reading and discussing the classics. October’s book was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.  If any of you have had to delve into this literary classic either in school or university you know it is not a light read. Margaret Atwood’s introduction to the new Penguin edition throws a thought provoking light on the novel from the perspective of someone who also creates dystopian worlds (The Handmaid’s Tale). It did make for an interesting discussion at book club as we talked about freedom of choice and happiness in light of the impending elections.  John the Savage`s plea at the end of the novel rings as true today as it would have in Huxley’s time, “But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”  Havingfinished Brave New World well ahead of returning home, a trip to the local second hand book store was required. My daughter and I sauntered down the street in Wolseley under the elms to The Neighbourhood, a combination bookstore and coffee shop. With lattes in hand we perused the shelves. Now you might think that being in a library all day would cancel out the need for buying used books. Not so. Especially when we hit the one day 50% off sale.  My 17 year old chose The Rosie Project, which she proceeded to devour over the weekend. I toted home The Rosie Effect, My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff and The Hidden Mountain by Gabrielle Roy. Sometimes I choose an author I know well, other times I am seduced by the opening lines as with Gabrielle Roy, “The aged seeker after gold, had he been able to disentangle that endless waiting in the heart’s depths that men call hope, might perhaps have discerned that his liveliest desire was to  behold the unexpected once again entering his life.” However, I put The Hidden Mountain on hold, no matter how wonderful the prose, for the hilarity of The Rosie Effect which I felt I deserved after Brave New World. Returning to the library meant putting down the Rakoff and turning my attention to the authors of our Out Loud Series. So, next I picked up Terry Fallis’ latest book One Brother Shy. To date I am about half way through. I was hoping to have it finished before Terry spoke at the library but as his arrival is imminent, that does not seem likely. Like his others books it is full of comedic moments and memorable characters but the protagonist of this novel differs from Fallis' earlier work in that his issues are of a more serious nature as he comes to terms with the discovery that he has a long lost identical twin.

So, next time you ask me what I am reading at the moment or can you recommend a book, BE PREPARED for a long answer. I love reading and always have and I guess, always will.  What stories people tell and how they tell them will forever be a fascination to me, and I hope to you as well.
Jan Burney

6th Annual Out Loud Series: from Far & Wide, O Canada

01 September 2017

Our annual  “Out Loud” series will be happening at the library in October for the sixth consecutive year. “From Far and Wide, O Canada” is the theme of this year’s line up. As we continue to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday we are bringing authors and performers from all over our great nation to the library. Putting on Out Loud means a lot of extra work for the staff and volunteers as we set up and take down chairs, stay late, rent lights and sound equipment, pick up and drop off performers, but WE LOVE IT!! So please make sure you come out and make the most of the series.

We start off with Gail Bowen on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 for a return engagement. Hailing from Saskatchewan, Gail is the author of  the mystery book series featuring Joanne Kilbourn, a university professor, sometime political columist, and a wife, mother and grandmother. Some of you may recall the TV movies made from her books featuring Wendy Crewson. The 17th book in the series, The Winners’ Circle,  was released this year. If you haven’t read it yet, you are in for an explosive surprise. Gail always provides an entertaining evening of readings and discussion with her audience.

The second author in our line up, Terry Fallis, comes to us from Ontario. This will be the third time that Terry has made time in his busy schedule to come to Sheep River – just because he loves the welcome he gets from our patrons. Terry is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour: in 2008 for Best Laid Plans and again in 2014 for No Relation. Terry is the author of six novels with his latest being One Brother Shy. Best Laid Plans had been made into a CBC TV Series and a musical, if you can believe it. The evening promises to be as humourous as his writing and informative as Terry talks about his journey to become an award winning writer, and the challenges associated with writing novels in Canada. You can catch Terry on Monday, October 16 at 7:00.

Both Gail and Terry will have books for sale and for signing.

We are pleased to be hosting two concerts as part of the series this year. First off we have Ari Neufeld coming from British Columbia on Saturday October 14 at 7:00. Ari's performances are a flourish of young and old songs, familiar and brand new, fleshed out in alternating rhythms and melodies, with percussion, electric and acoustic guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele and harmonica. Ari has worked and performed internationally and shared the stage with musical giants.  

Our second musical evening is with Ed Peekeekoot from the Yukon and other far flung places. Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and story-teller, Ed Peekeekoot is a skilled and seasoned performer. He has a timeless kind of cool that appeals to audiences of all ages. Ed’s performances go from blazing guitar to foot-stomping fiddle and haunting native flute, all sprinkled with his Cree humour and philosophy. He takes people on a wide and wild musical journey from country folk to a touch of classical and jazz. This amazing evening takes place on Friday, October 20 at 7:00.

All Out Loud events are FREE to attend due to the extraordinary efforts of the Friends of the Sheep River Library Foundation who fund these events.  Due to popularity of these events and our limited seating, admission will be by ticket only. You may pick up your FREE ticket at the library before the event.

Once again we will be bringing in a variety of authors for students at both elementary schools. If you are a home school family you are welcome to attend any of these visits. Please call the library for details. 

Falling into Fall

01 August 2017

 “Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul... but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” ~ Peggy Toney Horton

As we stand on the threshold of September, the time has come to open the door to our fall programs. You may have already seen the four- page spread and hopefully ripped it out and kept it from the previous issue of the High Country News; but if you didn’t there are several ways to access the info. All courses are listed at, in the brochure available at the circulation desk and can be downloaded from the HCN website. As programs are about to start we usually feature them on our Facebook page. Starting September 20 we have our computer courses, Tech Talk Intro and Tech Talk Basics. The iPad class is on September 19. If you are looking to improve health and fitness, Yoga gets under way September 4 and Brain and Body Fitness for seniors gears up on Sept 18. For info on what e-resources are available free with your library card join Jan and Gita on September 12 as they explain the wonderful world of online books, newspapers, magazines and reference materials. The Alberta Treasury Branch is holding an Open House on September 19 to answer questions about local banking. Our financial series also begins this month with Money Smart at Any Age on September 21. Children's programming begins September 20 and most of our clubs and groups will have their first gathering sometime during the month. A new group this fall is Fibre Fiends which will be held Tuesday Mornings at 10 am. If you like to knit, embroider, sew, crochet, quilt or any other creative endeavour you are welcome to hang out and pursue your passion with other like-minded individuals. Experts will be on hand to assist. Those who wish to stay longer are welcome to work at the large table. Check the website or brochure for details regarding book clubs, Poetry by the Fireside, Chess Club, Conversational French, Community Drumming Circle, Quilting & Sewing and Dogtooth Mountain Film Group.

October is not only beloved to author Peggy Horton but to us in the library world as well. October is Canadian Library Month and at Sheep River we will celebrate the occasion with our Out Loud Series: From Far and Wide, O Canada.  We are pleased to bring you a wonderful slate of authors and performers from all over our wonderful nation, at our sixth annual Out Loud. Starting on October 4 we have a return visit by author Gail Bowen. Gail is the author of a mystery book series featuring Joanne Kilbourn, a university professor, sometime political columnist, and a wife, mother and grandmother. The 17th book in this series, The Winners' Circle was released this year. On October 14, musician and songwriter Ari Neufeld makes an appearance.Ari's performances are a flourish of young and old songs, familiar and brand new, fleshed out in alternating rhythms and melodies, with percussion, electric and acoustic guitar, piano, banjo, ukelele and harmonica.  October 16 sees author Terry Fallis return for a third time!  Terry is the author of six successful novels and two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The evening promises to be humourous and informative as Terry talks about his novels and his journey to becoming an award winning writer. On October 20 we have Ed Peekeekoot in concert. Ed is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and story-teller and a skilled and seasoned performer. He has a timeless kind of cool that appeals to audiences of all ages. Ed’s performances go from blazing guitar to foot -stomping fiddle and haunting native flute, all sprinkled with his Cree humour and philosophy. He takes people on a wide and wild musical journey from country folk to a touch of classical and jazz. All of our Out Loud events are FREE but due to seating limitations you must get your FREE ticket before the event. Tickets will be available beginning September 15.

As you can see we have a busy couple of months ahead of us but we are confident that we have something for everyone, so we look forward to seeing you sometime in the fall at our beautiful library. 

Summer at the Library

1 July 2017

School’s out for summer which means the Summer Reading Program with Teagan will be getting under way. From July 12 till August 23 there will be two sessions run each Wednesday.  Four to six year olds start at 10 am and seven to ten year olds begin at 11:10 am. These are free sessions of reading, crafts and games with prizes and rewards to further the love of reading. There will be plenty of outside activities to get the kids out into the sunshine. Participants also get access to the secret content on the Summer Reading Program website.  Make sure you sign up as registration is required. We will also be having our family movie nights on Thursdays as well as some other activities on weekends such as the Stuffie Sleepover. Stay tuned for more details.

The library was pleased to host the Second Annual Local Writers’ Groups get together on June 11. Three local groups -Millarville Community Church Writers’ Group, Monday Morning Writers and the library’s very own Poetry by the Fireside – spent the afternoon listening to each other’s work which covered a wide spectrum. Stories about life up North, cowboy poetry, humorous poems, snippets of autobiographies, recollections of missionary trips and hilarious fictional stories were shared and well received. If you are interested in finding out about any of these groups please ask us at the library and we will point you in the write (right) direction!  Our Poetry by the Fireside group meets monthly and is facilitated by Doris Daley who sends out a photo each month to be an inspiration for an original poem. For June, the theme was Canada’s 150th birthday. What follows here, is my response to that theme. Enjoy!
Canada 150 Poem by Jan Burney
Said the Queen to Prince Phillip as she sipped her tea
“Have you heard what’s happening in the colonies?
A great celebration, in Canada, in July
We’ve been invited, how should we reply?
It appears a great milestone has been reached very quickly
Its birthdays now number one hundred and fifty.”
Prince Phillip looked up and with disdain did question
“So it only started in 1867?
My dear, don’t you realize that by that same date
We Britons had already much to celebrate.
The Battle of Hastings which William won
Counted anniversaries of eight hundred and one.
The Magna Carta, let’s give it its due
Had been in effect for six hundred fifty two
We had buildings like the church of St Peter’s on the Wall
Standing in place for six centuries and more.
When Shakespeare was pondering whether to be or not
There were two hundred and fifty eight years in the pot
Buckingham palace home to me and you
Had been here solidly for one hundred sixty two.
Think of the battles, the wars, the Armada
Our victories are countless, our resolve even harder.
One hundred and fifty! Oh what a laugh!
You’ve been the monarch for almost half.
A year -long party for a sesquicentennial
When England could celebrate its own millennial?
They need more centuries under their belt
Congratulations then would be more heart felt.
So send your reply to Trudeau the younger
“We won’t be setting our feet on your tundra.”
One fifty is nothing to celebrate
Send him the youngsters; send Will & Kate.