Easter and Spring

News Date: 
1 April 2019

As Easter approaches, we wish to remind you of our closures. The library will be closed from Good Friday, April 19, through to Easter Monday, April 22. We will resume regular hours on Tuesday, April 23.  This will be the last long weekend that we will be closed for the entire weekend. From the Victoria Day weekend in May through to Labour Day in September, we will be open on both the Saturday and Monday of holiday weekends from noon to 4 pm for both library and Visitor Information Services.

As spring inches its way ever closer, we do have some new programs beginning. Better Choices, Better Health® Chronic Disease Self-Management Program starts on Thursday, April 4 at 9:30 am and runs for 6 weeks. These free workshops consist of six 2 ½ hour sessions for those who have a chronic condition(s). Participants will increase their confidence and learn new skills to better manage their health condition(s) in order to enjoy a better quality of life. Support persons are also welcome to attend. The library is fully wheel chair accessible and we provide comfy chairs for the duration of the session. Please register at the library.

Don’t forget about the host of monthly groups that meet here at the library. Some have run for years, such as the Diamond Valley Book Club and Dogtoooth Mountain Film Group. Others are brand new, like the Diamond Valley Songwriters which will have its second meeting on April 10 at 7:00 and the Genealogy group that had its first meeting in March.  Other groups that may be of interest: Poetry by the Fireside, Conversational French, Community Drumming Circle and the Austentatious Book Club, which focusses on classic literature. Please check our website for dates and times. If you have an interest area that is not currently represented by a group, and you would like to start a group, please call the library so we can chat about it.
Southern Alberta Law Talks continue on April 9. Wills, Power of Attorney and Personal Directives, along with Administration of an Estate will be the topics under discussion. The final session on May 7 is on Family Law Basics.

For those wanting to learn more about the six candidates running in the Turner Valley Municipal by-election, there will be a candidate Meet ‘n’ Greet on Saturday, April 6 starting at 2 pm.

If all you want to do is curl up with a good book, then we have a great suggestion for you: The Library Book by Susan Orlean. This book will appeal to lovers of many genres.  On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. As a librarian, this is the very definition of a horror story. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the question remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? (Mystery story). Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. (Historical account) In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity. (Social Commentary).  We currently have staff and board members reading it and we hope many of you will too.