COLUMN: Don’t underestimate the brilliance of young children

Summer programming continues at Lacombe’s Mary C. Moore Public Library

Mary Poole/Library Columnist

One of the many joys of my job is the questions the children ask about my personal life.

Many of the little ones assume that I live at the library and have asked where my bedroom is or where do I buy my food. They seem to think that I cannot leave the confines of the library and some are concerned about my health and nutrition.

Another question I often get is about my family. Do I have kids and do they live at the library as well? But, my favourite was asked last week by a three year old: “Miss Mary, have you ever grown a baby?” I replied that I had grown four babies and he was in awe!

Meanwhile his five year old sister was totally embarrassed and reprimanded him by saying. “You don’t ask questions like that!” He was surprised by the response and reasonably answered with: “Well how else do you find out?” As I have often said: Don’t underestimate the brilliance of young children!”

I would like to thank the many people who helped make our Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale a huge success. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy your purchases.

There is only one session of the Summer Craft Night series with openings. On Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30-7:45 come join Miranda for an evening of painting. There is a $5 fee. Please register by email (, phone (403-782-3433) or in person at the library. This program is for adults with intermediate craft skills.

There is still time to take on the Adult and Teen Reading Challenge. Read around the World! Read six books set on different continents and win some fantastic prizes. Pick up a booklist at the library and get started. The challenge runs until September 3!

The MCMPL Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. in the Read and Relax area of the library. We will be discussing the novel Dear Mrs. Bird by A. J. Pearce. Everyone is welcome. Next month’s book is “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles.

Everyone’s favourite small town film series will be returning in September. Check back the end of August for the fall line-up. In conjunction with Lacombe City Cinemas the library film series screens a film on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm from September -June.

If you would like to join us for the next Card-making workshop please call to register at the library. For $10 you can create five beautiful hand-made cards. All materials and instruction are provided. The next workshop is Saturday, August 10 from 9 a.m. – noon. Please call the library by August 3rd to register or for more details about future workshops.

Our novel this week is The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan, bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. Mrs. Braithwaite, the self-appointed queen of her village finds herself dethroned and dismissed by her community. She goes to London to find her daughter who appears to be missing. The daughter’s timid landlord, Mr. Norris, becomes a unwitting and unwilling accomplice as Mrs. Braithwaite storms the blitz in search of her daughter. A well written and very entertaining read.

Have a great week.

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