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.

Books, Books and More Books!

1 June 2017

There is nothing a bibliophile likes more than a book sale. Running your fingers along the spines of books looking for those favourite authors; the thrill of discovering a never read volume or recognizing a long -time favourite from your childhood, is a feeling all book lovers understand. One of my greatest finds at another library’s book sale was a signed first edition by a famous author. (I will neither divulge the title nor the library that foolishly let me walk away with this item for a mere $2!). In order to be able to indulge you properly, we are currently collecting books for our annual book sale on Saturday, June 3. We accept everything except sets of encyclopaedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books and textbooks.  These items do not sell well and we end up recycling them. As part of the Discovery Days festivities we will again set up carts of books under our veranda and you can peruse them at your leisure from 11 am-3 pm right after the Diamond Valley Parade. Purchase as many items as you can carry for 25c a piece.  What we don’t sell is sent to Better World Books and they distribute them to libraries in the developing world or sell them. A portion of the profits supports both our library and other literacy organisations. When you drop off donated books, please bring them into the library. Do not put them in the outside drop box which is for returning library items only. Whether you are donating books or not, we hope to see you at the sale on June 3. Our Sheep River Ramblers group will have an information table set up at this event as well. If you are interested in our walking or hiking groups you can talk with knowledgeable people and sign up to be on the e mail list. We also invite you to come inside the library that day and view the Indigenous book display from Marigold, and the Art display of black and white photographs by Maureen Hills in the gallery space.  We were very pleased to have had Chester Lees’ paintings here earlier in the spring and are happy to announce that many of the works were sold which made for a very successful show.

Of course, the library is not just about books. Along with our walking poles, snowshoes and tools, we now have bikes! On May 20 we launched the Start the Cycle program in partnership with the High Country Wellness Coalition. Between the May and September long weekends you will be able to take out a bicycle on your library card. If you want to bike over to Black Diamond or head up to Sandy McNabb on two wheels you will be able to do so. There are six bicycles available for adults and children with helmets provided for your physical safety. For the legal protection, a waiver form needs to be filled in one time only for the 2017 season and parents must sign these for children.  People are amazed at the range of items that are available to be borrowed and often ask us what will be next. Just to be clear – it is unlikely that you will ever be able to take out livestock on your card.

As summer approaches (slowly but surely) we would remind you that the library will continue to open on the Saturdays and Statutory days of long weekends (Noon-4 pm) as the library also functions as the Visitor Information Centre for the area. All library services are available during these hours. Our Summer Reading Program will also begin the second week of July and run for 7 weeks on Wednesdays with our fabulous co-ordinator, Teagan. There will also be Family Movie Nights and some fun weekend activities. (We will have a fuller description of what is on offer in the next edition of the High Country News.) Please go to for more information and details on how to register for any of our summer events.  

Spring at the Library

1 May 2017

We are pleased to have Ian Wilson and Jacinthe Lavoie return to the library for another one of their fabulous audio visual presentations, Thursday May 4 at 7:00 pm. In previous years we have seen their multi-media shows on the wildflowers of both Waterton and Banff National Parks. This year their talk will feature the wildlife of the Rockies. Ian and Jacinthe will share their personal encounters with the hoofed, clawed, and winged creatures of the Rockies ... from beavers and bears, to birds and butterflies.  Call the library to reserve your seat.  Coming up at the end of the month (Tuesday, May 30) members of Foothills Search and Rescue will be teaching a Navigation Class. This is a good opportunity to brush up on your map reading ability and compass skills. We still have room in our spring Scanning Lab classes.  In the class you will learn everything you need to know to scan photos and slides into a digital format from our expert, Les.  Once you have completed the class you will be able to use the equipment on your own. Scanning Lab classes will be on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm and Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00 am. With the longer days and (slowly) warming temperatures we all look forward to Parade Day and Discovery Days on Saturday June 3.  As usual, the library will be holding its annual book sale just outside the front doors from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. All items will be 25 cents. From now until the sale the library will happily receive donated items for the sale which Doris, our resident cowboy poet and also expert sorter of books, will organize into categories for the event.  Books, DVDs and CDs must be in good condition. We cannot accept text books, encyclopaedia sets or Reader’s Digest condensed books as these items cannot be sent to Better World Books. This organization takes books that are unsold at the end of the sale. We try as hard as possible to keep books out of landfills.

As summer approaches the library will once again take on the role of providing visitor information services for the area. This means that on the long weekends from May to September, the library will be open on the Saturday and Monday from noon to 4:00 pm. All library services will be available during those hours (circulation desk, computers, wifi) as well as visitor information. 

In order to provide the many wonderful programs we have at the library we rely heavily on funding from the Friends of the Sheep River Library Foundation. They work tirelessly on writing grant proposals and running fundraisers. They also work a casino every 2-3 years which brings in a large amount of funding and the next casino is on June 14 & 15. Volunteers are still need to fill some of the positions.  If you  have the time and have enjoyed the authors, performers or musicians we have had at the library then please contact the library to see about volunteering in this capacity.

Writers at the Library

27 April 2017

It seems that over the past few months Canadians have had to bid a final farewell to so many of our great wordsmiths: Leonard Cohen in November, Stuart McLean in February and in more recent days, Richard Wagamese. All of these wonderful writers shared their life experiences through their unique voices, in turn provoking us to thought, laughter or tears. Many times they shed light on issues far removed from our everyday life, giving us a personal perspective that now lives on in the pages of their books, recordings of stories or songs. For those of us who were privileged enough to hear Richard Wagamese speak at the library as part of the Out Loud Series in 2014, the loss is especially poignant. To listen to his personal journey from homeless teen to Calgary Herald journalist; his struggles with alcohol and his history with Residential schools, did not leave any one unaffected. It was a powerful evening, particularly when he spoke of the role that libraries had played in his life, providing a place for a homeless teen to spend the day where he could read. It was here that Richard learned about the arc of narrative and what makes good writing. He was always profoundly thankful that the staff gave him free access to the collection at the Toronto Public Library. This sentiment is penned by him in my personal copy of Indian Horse, “For Jan, thanks for the availability of the stacks…”

Richard’s story got me thinking about all the ways libraries collaborate with writers. We can be the place where they write, or where writers meet together to talk about their work with other authors. Many times the library is the source of research necessary for a piece of writing whether it be an article or a novel. One of the ways we work with authors which is probably the most fun is a book launch. This occurs when all the work is done and the finished product is now a tangible object with printed pages bound between covers with professional artwork, bearing the name of the author. Over the past six years we have had numerous book launches for local authors. Our most recent was for Anya Unbound by Dan Carruthers. This novel is set in the Yukon where the author lived for many years. The protagonist, Sean finds Anya, a young Polish girl who has escaped from human traffickers.  Although the book is clearly a suspenseful read it also sheds light on the growing problem of human trafficking, an issue most of us know little about. The book is now available in our collection, along with many others written by people from our own community, which is another way we work together to support these efforts.

I’ll leave you with the final words from Indian Horse:

Everyone dropped their sticks in the centre-ice circle. I skated in and began pushing sticks towards each blue line. When they were all cleared from the centre, the teams were set. Virgil was on the opposite team. He skated to the faceoff circle.

     I met him there. At least eighteen of us were on the ice.
    “How are we gonna do this?” I asked.
    “Gotta hit the post to call it a goal. No raising the puck.”
    “No, I mean with all these people. How are we gonna play the game?”
     He smiled and tapped my stick with his. “Together,” he said. “Like we shoulda all along.”
     I smiled. He won that first face off, but I didn’t care.

February News

1 Feb 2017

I would like to draw your attention to programs that have been added since the publication of our guide and brochure. Starting on Wednesday February 1 at 7:00 pm we have Exploring the Arduino. Now, if you’re anything like me your first question will be, “What the heck is Arduino?”  Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. There –that cleared it up for you, didn’t it? No electronic experience is necessary, just curiosity, wonder and a willingness to learn something new. Come along and have loads of fun with basic breadboard electronics.

If your interest lies outside the world of electronics and more towards finance then come along on the 3rd Thursday of the month for a series of presentations by the Royal Bank which will cover topics such as investing, mortgages and student financing. The first session will begin Thursday, February 16 at 7:00. For more details please call the library.

A little further off, but worth making note of now is a Navigation Course by Search & Rescue on Tuesday May 30 at 7:00 pm. As the weather warms and the days lengthen many of us long to be out on hikes in the wonderful wilderness that surrounds us. What better way to prepare for this than to brush up on map and compass skills.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for the snow to go to get out and enjoy the local trails. The Sheep River Ramblers walking and hiking groups remain active throughout the winter months. If you are interested in joining please come into the library and fill out a form. As soon as we have your e mail you will be added to the list and will receive information about all upcoming outings. Remember, you can take hiking poles, snow shoes and micro spikes out with your library card. Our snowshoes are available in small, medium, large and children’s sizes.

Spring cleaning season is almost upon us and many of you will have books you want to get rid of. We are happy to take your used books so long as they are in good condition and are not more than five years old for fiction and 10 years old for non-fiction. We are unable to take text books, Readers’ Digest Condensed books and encyclopaedias. Please bring all donated books into the library rather than deposit them in our drop box.

Some other programs to remind you of:
·       Newcomers Night (Friday, April 28, 7:00 pm) Come and get information on municipal and social services, library programs and other community groups.
·       Austentatious Book Club (2nd Friday at 10:30 am) February’s selection is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
·       Conversational French (First Wednesday at 3:15 pm)
·       Dogtooth Mountain Film Group (2nd Mondays at 7:00 pm)
·       Quilting and Sewing (Every Tuesday at 7:00 pm at the large table)

See you at the library soon.

November News

01 November 2016

October has come and gone and with it our Out Loud series. This year we had a tremendous line up with The Wardens, Bruce Innes, Doris Daley and Gary Allegretto presenting concerts filled with wonderful music, stories and much laughter. We had 72 people who learned to play harmonica with Gary at his workshop. That’s a lot of harmonicas all playing at once, but remarkably, it sounded great! We are expecting to see a plethora of Blues musicians in the region.

You may think that the library would be done with concerts for a while, but this is not the case. We are thrilled to announce that we will be having Carolyn Arends perform on Friday, December 2, at 7:00pm. Carolyn is a Canadian Contemporary Christian musician, songwriter, and author, based in Surrey, British Columbia. She is the winner of multiple Dove and Covenant Awards and is also the author of several books including Feel Free, Living the Questions: Making Sense of the Mess and Mystery of Life and Wrestling With Angels: Adventures in Faith and Doubt. Carolyn will be performing a number of her hit songs, music from her Christmas Album as well as reading excerpts from her books. She will be appearing with her musical partner Spence Capier who accompanies on guitar, fiddle and mandolin. FREE tickets for this concert will be available November 8 at the circulation desk. Because we have such an amazing Friends Foundation who fund our concerts, tickets are only required for our limited seating.

The following day, on Saturday, December 3, at 2pm we will be saying farewell to our current Board Chair, Diane Osberg, who is moving to Calgary. Diane has been the chair of the Library Board for almost nine years and has been responsible for implementing many of our award winning programs and promoting the tremendous growth our library has seen in that time. She worked tirelessly to see the new facility built which tripled the size of the library. If I were to record all that she has done it would take the entire issue of the High Country News to do it, so if you want to find out about her accomplishments and join us in praising her for all her efforts please come on December 3. There will be cake – mostly to console Jan, who has been dreading this day since she took over the manager’s position in 2011. Diane will be greatly missed in her role, but we wish her all the best in her move to a new location.
Our new scanning lab is up and running in Room 2. If you have slides or photos that you wish to convert to a digital format,then you can now do so free of charge. Your images will be protected for future generations to appreciate and you can downsize on storage space. Please call the library so we can set up a time for you to use the equipment. Individual instruction is available. Also, as part of our new Makerspace endeavor we will be offering a tool library in the near future. You will be able to check out tools such as drills, hammers, and other noisy, thumpy thingies to use in your home projects. We will have a full list available with all the correct names for you to peruse.  All you need is your library card and once again you can save money but not needing to buy these items that you only use infrequently.

For more information on any of our events and programs, as always, please go to