COLUMN: Mary C. Moore Library celebrates being thankful

‘My favourite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving.’

Mary Poole/Mary C. Moore Library Columnist

My favourite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. Good company, good food and no need to buy presents.

Last week in my classes we were making Thanksgiving crafts and the three to five year olds were drawing a little picture of something for which they were thankful. With three year olds it seems that thankfulness is about the simple things in life. One little boy was thankful for Fruit Loops. Another was thankful for Pokeman. One was thankful for his family except for his mean sister! Favourite pets, a stuffed animal, potatoes; the list goes on. I think my favourite this year was the little girl who was thankful for colours because without them everything would be white and boring! Such great insight.

We will be hosting a drop-in Halloween party on Friday, October 25, from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Servus Room of the LMC. Children of all ages are welcome. There will be Halloween stories, crafts, snacks and a treat bag. Dress up and join the fun.

The MCMPL Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.in the library to discuss the novel “The Home for Unwanted Girls” by Joanna Goodman. Everyone is welcome. The book for the December 3 meeting is “Educated” by Tara Westover.

On Tuesday, November 12 from 1 – 7 p.m., Laurel Deedrick-Mayne will be at the library to share her grand-aunt’s recently republished book, “When Days Are Long—Nurse in the North”. This book is about the “fierce experience of life as a nurse in the 1950s Yukon. Amy Wilson listened, learned and served the people of the North with heart and respect”. Books will be available for purchase at the reception.

Also on Tuesday, November 12 we will be having our second Armchair Travel lecture in the North County Room of the LMC. This lecture is title “New Zealand” and will be presented by Doreen Munro. Refreshments are provided. This is a free event.

The Library Film Series will be screening “Sometimes Always Never” directed by Carl Hunter on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at Lacombe City Cinemas. Alan is a stylish tailor who is searching for his missing son Michael who stormed out od his life over a game of Scrabble. This film is from the UK, is rated PG and is considered an “elegant, offbeat comedy, drama.” Tickets will be available November 1 for $9 at the library.

We still have a few spots available for the Christmas card-making workshop. On Saturday, November 23 OR Saturday, November 30 from 9am-2pm in the Servus Room of the LMC we will be making 10 beautiful Christmas cards. (Five designs; two cards of each design) The cost of the workshop is $20. Please call, email or come in to the library to register. All materials are provided. A hand-made Christmas card is a great way to impress those difficult relatives!

Our novel this week is “The Nightjar” by Deborah Hewitt. This is a fantasy debut novel about another London with a magical world hidden behind the modern city we know. Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life until it is revealed that she is an “aviarist”, capable of seeing magical birds called nightjars that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar. It sounds like an intriguing concept, but a new author so you’ll have to take a literary risk in reading this book.

Have a great week.

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