More or Less at the Sheep River Library

1 January 2019

Here we are at the beginning of another year; the time when we hear a lot about “more” or “less”: I will exercise more, I will eat less. I will read more and watch less TV. I will drink less coffee and more wine (OK, maybe not that last one -but you get the idea). To help you with any changes you wish to make in 2019, we have our usual slate of fantastic programs with both old favourites and some new ones to help you meet your learning goals. Edna Howdle is offering a Chi Gong class on Monday afternoons at 3 pm starting January 14. Thismoving meditation can help to balance and harness your Qi (also spelled chi), or "life energy".  The activity takes you through a set of slow, gentle movements while you focus on visualization and your breathing.  This simple practice brings more peace, joy, and balance to your life as it dissolves pain, worries, depression, anxiety and fears. While all this is happening, you are healing your body, your mind and emotions, and connecting spiritually. There is no cost for this class, but donations will be accepted for a designated charity. We also offer other classes that focus on your physical health such as Brain and Body for Seniors and the Diamond Valley Fit Club. All of these will help you get more fit and provide opportunities to exercise more.

For those who are of a musical and/or poetic bent, Doc Mehl is starting the Diamond Valley Songwriters group which will meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30. Whether you are a beginner, a dabbler or an old hat at writing songs there is an open door for you with this group. Bring your instrument with you -guitars and keyboards are welcome. We are hoping to see more concerts develop out of this group.

If you are concerned about the environment and would like to see less of your stuff ending up at the landfill, then the Repair Café on March 16 may be just what you’re looking for. There will be different stations with skilled volunteers to fix a variety of broken household items. Also, learn how to use a 3-D printer to make replacement parts so that less items end up being tossed away. The café will start at noon and go for the whole afternoon.

If you are a parent of young children, you will already know what a great resource and support other parents can be. High River Parent Link Centre will be facilitating a Parent Coffee & Chat on the second and fourth Thursdays at 10 am. All parents are welcome to come and chat over coffee, get parenting information and meet other parents, which will enable you to feel more supported and less overwhelmed. Supervised play will be offered for children.

Coming this session, we also have the Southern Alberta Law Talks. This series addresses a wide range of legal issues to help you be more informed and less confused.

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. From all of us here at the library we hope you have a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you soon at the library; more or less. 
 
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Christmas at the Library

1 December 2018

Spoiler Alert: If you still believe in Santa, skip this first paragraph:

It is always exciting when a local “author among us” publishes their work. Recently, Larry Kapustka, published a collection of his stories about working as a Santa. We now have this book, Gifts for Santa: Collected Dreams and Confessions by Santa Larry, available for check out. Larry is also a member of our Poetry by the Fireside group and it is due to the encouragement of this group that he put his reminisces down on paper for a wider audience to enjoy. 

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life, we do have some copies of The Legend of Zippy Chippy by William Thomas available for sale. This book is the true and hilarious account of a racehorse who became famous as horse racing's most famous loser—0 for 100. Following the horse's story from upbringing to retirement, readers are in for an enjoyable ride on a wonderful character. Zippy's aversion to winning is only part of the humorously told story. Since the subject, a "world-class scamp" with a sweet tooth, can't speak for himself, his various owners, trainers, jockeys, and stable hands help tell his story. Copies are $25 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm where Zippy Chippy currently resides.

Once again, we will host Santa at the library to read stories to the kindergarten and Grade 1 students early in December.  Please call the library for dates and times. 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 books in our children’s area.

We are thrilled to have the Okotoks Men’s Chorus here on Monday, December 3 at 7 pm to perform a Christmas concert. Admission will be by donation with all proceeds going to the Men’s chorus. No registration is required for this event. 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 24 – 26 and December 31 - January 2; open December 27, 28 and 29 from 12-4 pm for all circulation desk services. We will resume regular hours on Thursday, 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.

If you wish to donate to the Salvation Army Toy Drive, the library is a drop off location until December 6, for new, unwrapped toys for children 18 years and under. Please leave your donated items in the box by the circulation desk.

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 throughout the month of December. This amnesty applies only to fines, not lost or damaged items.

Our new list of programs for Winter/Spring 2019 will be available at the front desk and online at our website by mid-December. They will also be featured in the centre pages of the High Country News January edition.

“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

November at the Library

1 November 2018

On November 11 we will mark a significant Remembrance Day anniversary: the centenary of the end of the First World War, which occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. As these major events approach we often get exposed to stories that have either been hidden or lost in the passage of time. An important artifact may be discovered, or old diaries and letters found or a private family story may be shared that takes us right back to those harrowing four years when thousands of young men sailed off for Europe, many never to return. We were fortunate at the library to have one such story shared with the Grade Four students from Turner Valley and C. Ian McLaren schools as part of our Out Loud Series. Lindsay Mattick, an author form Toronto, formerly from Winnipeg, shared with the students the story of Winnie, the bear who became the mascot for the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade. Most Canadians are familiar with the story of the world’s most famous bear, who became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books. It was a privilege to learn more about this story from an author whose great grandfather was Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, the military veterinarian who bought Winnie on a White River train station platform for $20 and took her to England with the troops. We were treated to pages from his war diaries and photos describing Winnie’s adventure in England and the trials of war in France. Lindsay has skilfully crafted her family’s story into two books about her ancestor and his bear. The first is a children’s picture book titled Finding Winnie. The second is a juvenile chapter book, Winnie’s Great War which goes into more detail. Both books are available for loan at the library.

As I write this column, we are part way through our Out Loud series. Along with Lindsay Mattick we have had Carolyn Fisher and Alice Kuipers to talk to other grade levels from the elementary schools. They shared their processes of writing and/or illustrating and provided lots of inspiration. William Thomas was with a more grown up audience on October 13. His humorous talk on writing about Zippy Chippy, a racehorse who consecutively lost 100 races, was amusing and inspiring, reinforcing the notion of not giving up. His book, The Legend of Zippy Chippy, along with many of his other works are available at the library.  We are very pleased that our other Out Loud events will be full houses as all of our free tickets have been taken. Perhaps, if you have been fortunate enough to attend any of our author events, and if you came out for our Authors Among Us afternoon on October 27, you may have caught the writing bug. If so, and you would like some help in getting your thoughts down on paper, then sign up forthe Three “C’s” of Writingwith Jim McLennan: Complete, Concise and Clear. This course is perfect for folks beginning their writing journey or seasoned writers who would like to hone their craft in short non-fiction, writing for magazines and websites and self-editing.  There will be three sessions on Wednesdays, November 7, 21 and Dec 5 at 7:00 pm. The cost is $60 + GST. Please call the library at 403-933-3278 to reserve your space.

For information about our other fall programs please check the website or pick up a brochure at the library. In addition to what has already been advertised we will be having a Christmas Concert at the library with the Okotoks Men’s Chorus. Stay tuned for details!

Out Loud 2018: Passions Pursued

1 October 2018

“The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential.” John C. Maxwell

This statement by leadership guru John Maxwell has been proven true by all of the presenters we have coming to Out Loud this year. Everyone of them has taken the dreams and passions stored within and poured them into their different creative endeavours that can be shared with the world. Being a library, the most common form of artistic expression we deal with is writing. So, it should come as no surprise that we have two outstanding authors as part of our line up this year. On Saturday, October 13, William Thomas. In addition to being an author, William is a scriptwriter and a nationally syndicated humour columnist. He is also the senior writer for Canada’s Forever Young. William has been nominated twice for the prestigious Gemini Award for writing movies for television.  He is the author of ten books of humour including the story of his buck-toothed cat named Malcolm titled Life In The Litterbox.  (You don’t have to read the book.  In the end, she got the car and he got the damn cat.) His tribute to the great Canadian sport of curling was titled Hey!  Is That Guy Dead Or Is He The Skip?  William claims 5,000 curlers bought that book … and later burned it. He wrote the definitive book on male behavior Guys – Not Real Bright And Damn Proud Of It! The memoir about his wee Irish mother Margaret was initially titled All Humour Needs A Victim And Your Mother Should Come First!  (That was changed to Margaret & Me because as the author says: “Even at 91, your mother can still get a lawyer!”) I could go on, but you get the picture. Be prepared for a night of hilarity. William will have books available for purchase that he will be happy to sign but if your budget won’t stretch that far, we do have most of them in the library.

Our next author is Kevin Van Tighem who returns to Sheep River on Friday, October 26.  Kevin is a former superintendent at Banff National Park, who has written more than 200 articles, stories and essays on conservation and wildlife which have garnered him many awards. He is the author of Bears Without Fear, The Homeward Wolf, Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River, and Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta. To round out our author line up we have Authors Among Us on Saturday, October 27, 1:00-4:00. Join us for this informal symposium of authors who (mostly) live right among us in the Diamond Valley. These writers run the full spectrum of fiction, poetry, memoir, non-fiction and children’s books. You can meet with them one on one, listen to readings from their works and purchase their books. The coffee pot will also be on!

If you’ve had enough of authors and their books, don’t miss our spectacular musical event: Kristyn Harris in concert on Friday, October 19. (These tickets will go fast!). Kristyn hails fromTexas and this musical powerhouse is noted for her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style, unique song-writing, award winning yodel and captivating stage presence. At 23, she is the youngest person to be awarded the Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year and the only female to receive it twice. Kristyn was recently a contestant on American Idol.

All Out Loud events begin at 7:00 and are free, thanks to the wonderful work by our Friends Foundation but tickets are required due to limited seating and they may still be available at the library by the time you get this issue.

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the Vintage Fashion Show. We will advertise the new date when we have it nailed down. In the meantime, if you wish to see the vintage clothing that is available at Banjolena’s Closet, then stop by Bertie’s at the old Blakeman’s store on Government Road in Black Diamond. 

This is our seventh year of presenting Out Loud and we hope you come to some or all of our events.

October Brings Out Loud to the Library

1 September 2018

October is Canadian Library month and Sheep River Library will be celebrating with the 7th Annual Out Loud Series: Passions Pursued. This year we are thrilled to have such a great line up of performers, speakers and events. Canadianauthor, William Thomas, who is also a scriptwriter and nationally syndicated humour columnist, will be here Saturday, October 13 at 7:00.  He is the author of ten books of humour, including Life in the Litterbox and The Legend of Zippy Chippy. Although we have most of his books in our collection, there will be books for sale at this event. The following Friday night, October 19, Kristyn Harris,a Texas-bred musical powerhouse, will treat us to her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style and award-winning yodelling. You do not want to miss her captivating stage presence. At 23, she is the youngest person to be awarded the Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year and the only female to receive it twice. Kristyn was recently a contestant on American Idol. We have Kevin Van Tighem returning to the library, Friday, October 26. This former superintendent at Banff National Park, is the award-winning author of several books including Bears Without Fear, The Homeward WolfHeart Waters: Sources of the Bow River and Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta. Kevin’s talk begins at 7 pm. For something a little different, we have a couple of exciting events. Take a trip down memory lane at the Vintage Fashion Show on October 12, 7 pm. Join the founder of Banjolena’s Closet and enjoy the fashions, music and snacks from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Due to the anticipated popularity of these events, admission will be by ticket only. You can pick up your FREE ticket for the above events at the library starting September 15.
We finish our series with Authors Among Us on Saturday, October 27. Come and experience an afternoon symposium of authors who live right among us in Diamond Valley. You can meet with them one on one, listen to readings from their works and purchase their books. The event will run from 1-4 pm. For more information about any of these events please go to our website or pick up a brochure at the library. For our Fall program line up, please refer to the program pages in this issue of the HCN, check the website or drop into the library to pick up a brochure.

See you at Out Loud. Don’t forget to get your tickets!

Poetry at the Library

1 August 2018

The Poetry by the Fireside group which meets at the library on the last Thursday of the month, had another successful year with many wonderful poems being written and shared. It is by far one of my favourite programs to attend. Our inspiration comes from photos sent out by Doris. It is amazing to see the different ways these photos kick the imagination into gear. The same photo can produce a humorous rhyming story, a thought provoking reflection or a trip down memory lane, in free verse, acrostic or rhymed metre.  All our original work is archived each month in a binder, along with the photos, on the new book shelf, so you can come in any time and read what has been put into verse. If you are interested in poetry either reading the work of others or writing your own, please come along on the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 am. The following are some of the poems shared this year.
 
Oasis

Trekking Sandhill dunes
              Boots ankle deep in aeolian quartz
                             Long distance vistas
                                          Undulating grassy surface
Dry, hot winds
                Suck sweat from brow
                              Crystalline salt decorates hat band
                                           Skin becoming leathered
Cinnabar bluestem skeletons
                 Shelter grasshopper sparrow nests
                               Cover for ornate box turtles
                                           Trekking toward egg-laying sites
Prickly-pear cacti
                  Refuge for scurrying prairie skinks
                               Soapweed yucca racemes
                                           A western meadow lark’s performance stage
A distant derrick
                 Wheel spinning, spinning
                               Drawing fossil water from the Ogallala
                                            Into the blistering Sandhill’s summer
Tired feet
                Press onward
                              Buoyed by the prospect
                                             Of a quenched thirst
 
A delighted tingle
               Courses over parched lips
                               And quivering throat
                                             A life affirming shudder

Larry Kapustka

A Windmill

 
sadly abandoned
like the old sunken tool shed
in the field beyond
a small windmill stands
metal legs extended, wired for stability
many blades gone from the wheel
energy expended
wind no longer a friend
 
in front fence posts lean south
once battered by strong north winds
that created power
turned the mill wheel
pumped the water
the windmill
once a valuable tool
can’t smile without teeth
 
a carpet of dandelions at its base
the only promise of a bright tomorrow.
 
Della L. Dickie

Green

The winter is too long in ending and I miss you.
Most of the others stay around but you always go,
Not on some southbound journey to sunnier climes
You disappear
Burrowed deep, hiding, unlike
Blue, stretched across the canvas of the sky
Tinted pink and orange at dawn and dusk
Yellow beams on cloudless days
From a golden sun with its own box of highlighters
But you are not there
You have abandoned us to dreary brown
And insipid white
We yearn for your return as
You are life and hope
You are the bright vibrant green of spring.

Jan Burney

Headwinds (An acrostic)

Heavy and low in the water, with
Every stroke we strain toward camp.
A little headwind and with un-
Daunted courage we dig in and paddle.
Wowee! Twelve miles in the current
In just four hours. Now for drinks, tapas, grilled salmon and
Nice dry socks. Lewis and Clark and the Corps of
Discovery pulled 17 miles a day, every day, upstream, rain or shine.
Syrah in hand, I’m glad I’m a tourist, not an explorer.

Doris Daley

Summertime at the Library

1 July 2018

First off, thank you to everyone who supported our book sale on June 2 at Discovery Day. It was a roaring success. We have just about finished sorting through what remained, either sending the items on to Better World Books or to be recycled. We sold over 2,000 books, CDs and DVDs and had a wonderful time meeting and chatting with all who dropped by.

Time is fast approaching for our Summer Reading Program for children aged 4-10. This year’s theme is “Feed Your Passions.” Teagan is all set to provide a fun-filled hour of stories, crafts, games and activities. The first session, 10-11 am is for children aged four to six. A slightly longer session for seven to ten-year olds follows at 11:10 am. Summer Reading Program starts on Wednesday, July 4th and will run until August 22. The program will not be held on August 1. Instead, we have one of Marigold’s summer students, Grant, coming out to do a Minecraft session which will definitely feed some people’s passion. This will be an activity-based session for those who already know how to use Minecraft. We only have space for 12 participants, so please sign up soon. Laptops will be provided for everyone. For more information on our Summer Reading Program please go to our website or pick up the brochure at the library.

The bikes are back and are ready to be taken out on your card. There is a one-time waiver to fill out which covers you for the entire 2018 season. If biking is not your passion, but walking or hiking is, then perhaps the Sheep River Ramblers would be more to your liking. Now that the snow has melted off the hiking trails, the Ramblers are back in full swing. There are multiple walks and hikes scheduled every week for all levels and abilities. This is a great way to maintain fitness, socialise and appreciate the wonders of nature at the same time.  If you are interested in receiving the e-mails which detail the hikes on offer, then please call Gita at the library and she will add you to the list.

If you are more the couch potato type and like to laze the summer away in a hammock or lounger, we have the perfect books for summer reading. Whether it is a good thriller, mystery or romance, we can get you connected either physically or digitally. Recently, Marigold Library System staff were in to weed our adult fiction section, so it is not so cramped anymore and all sorts of treasures can now be found.

Even though we have only just cracked the door open on summer, fall is not that far off. As always, we will be presenting our Out Loud Series in October. The line up of authors and performers is shaping up well. This year we decided to bring back an event from our very first Out Loud in 2012: Author’s Among Us. We are hoping to fill the library with local authors who can display and talk to you about their work. There will also be public readings throughout the day. If you are a local author and would like to participate, please call Jan at the library (403-933-3278) to reserve your spot. We only have space for 24 authors. The event will take place on Saturday, October 27, 1-4 pm.

Remember, that in the next edition of the High Country News our Fall Program Guide will be printed on the centre pages. This will detail all our programs running from September to December including the  Out Loud Series.

Sheila's Farewell

1 June 2018

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” (Paulo Coehlo, Author.)

Saying goodbye to people to whom you have grown close, because they are moving away is never easy, whether it is friends, family or co-workers. We must deal with feelings of loss and the anxiety that change often brings. This month, at the library, we have bid farewell to a much loved and long serving staff member, Sheila Ewasiuk. Sheila began her career here as a volunteer in 2008. In 2009, she joined the staff as an associate. Over time, her skills and knowledge of library operations led her to become the “Queen of Courier” – making sure that patrons got the books they requested in a timely fashion. Sheila also took on the job of processing all the Audio-Visual materials: DVDs, CD and audio books. To say she will be missed is an understatement.  To honour Sheila’s many years of service we will be having a farewell afternoon tea on Sunday, June 3 at 2 pm at the library. Anyone who would like to come and extend their best wishes is welcome to drop in.

The not so “new hello” we have been rewarded with is Teagan who will take over Sheila’s roles. Teagan has been on staff since 2014. Many of you will recognise her as our Summer Reading Program and Spring Break Children’s Program Co-Ordinator. Teagan has also worked the circulation desk on Wednesdays. We are thrilled to have her involved more and to have had such a seamless transition. (Cuts down on the aforementioned anxiety).

As part of the Discovery Days celebration in Turner Valley on Saturday, June 2, the library will host its annual book sale from 11 am – 3 pm. Doris has been diligently sorting all book donations and discarded books to make it easy for you to peruse by category. You never know what treasures you may discover! (Although, I’d like to think we’d be smart enough to have found any first editions before they make it to the for- sale carts).  All items will be 25c but larger donations will be accepted with gratitude.

The Bikes are back at the library and have been tuned up, pumped up and spruced up ready for the summer season. All you need to do is complete the waiver for the 2018 season and check one out on your card. Perfect for a quick trip to Black Diamond or a leisurely ride up to Sandy McNabb. Helmets and locks are provided.

With the arrival of summer our role as the Visitor Information Centre for the Town kicks into gear. This means that on long weekends we will be open on Saturdays and the statutory holiday (usually a Monday) from noon to 4 pm. All library services are available during these hours.

If you are currently a resident of Black Diamond and would like to play a more active role in the library, there are two positions vacant on the Library Board. Due to members moving out of the area and Board terms expiring, we now need to fill these two spots.  If you would like to contribute to our continuing success as a vital community hub, life-long learning centre and library then please call the library at 403-933-3278.

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 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.