Christmas and beyond at the Mary C. Moore Public Library

Lacombe library has much to offer for children's and adult programming

Classes were over last week and I have so much to tell you.

Between the full moon, the cold and Christmas the children have been very vocal. First, one of my little girls did not want to get a puppy for Christmas because all they do is poo and pee and chew your favourite toys. When told by another little boy that his puppy didn’t do that she replied, “Well my mom told me Santa said that, so it must be true.” an excellent parental strategy.

I was having a memory block and asked another little boy if he had one ‘r’ or two ‘rs’ in his name. A look of panic went across his face and looking first to one arm and then the other, he shrieked: “I have two arms; I have two arms!” There was an ensuing riot with all the children exclaiming that they also had two arms. It was a moment before I regained control.

Many of the children have invited me for Christmas dinner and as I thank them, I explain that I make dinner for my family. One little boy then commented: “Well I’m sure you love me more than your own kids. My dad says that it’s always easier to look after somebody else’s kids!”.

The library will be closed Friday, December 23, Saturday, December 24, Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27. We will be open regular hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday December 28-30. We will be closed Saturday, December 31 and Monday, January 2. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at which time we will be delighted to be back at work.

The registration for the Children’s Programs will be on Wednesday, January 4th at 10am. You may call or come into the library. No phone messages or emails please. These classes will run from the week of January 10th till the last week in May. Classes fill quickly so mark the day on your calendar.

On Saturday, January 21, from 7-11pm the City of Lacombe Library Board will present Books and Bevvies, a fundraiser for the library. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the library and from Library Board members. There will be beer sampling from Blindman Brewing, wine sampling from Chateau Wine & Spirits, appetizers and desserts by HT Catering, live and silent auctions, raffle baskets and live music! Come and enjoy the evening and raise money for the library.

The MCMPL Book Club will be meeting Tuesday, January 3rd at 7pm in the Read and Relax area of the library. We will be discussing ‘The Little Paris Bookshop’ by Nina George. Order the book today and join us to discuss this novel.

The featured novel of the week is ‘Wenjack’ by Joseph Boyden. An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing just how far away home is. Along the way he’s followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place he was so brutally removed from. Written by Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Joseph Boyden and beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Ken Monkman, Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.”

The Mary C. Moore Library staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mary Poole is the children’s programming director at the Mary C. Moore Public Library

 

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