December at the Library

News Date: 
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.