Spring, Where Are You?

News Date: 
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.