COLUMN: February will be a busy month at the Mary C. Moore Public Library

MCMPL Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m.

Mary Poole/Library Columnist

I would like to thank the parents who braved the cold weather and brought their children to the first week of classes. The kids were happy to be out of the house and I had various descriptions of how cold it was that I cannot print in this column. After our long three week break that seemed much longer due to Christmas, one little boy said. “Mom said I wouldn’t recognize you cause I’ve not been to library in so long but you look the same. Just a little older.” I didn’t pursue the comment for fear of more explanation. It’s so good to get back into routine.

The MCMPL Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Read and Relax area of the library to discuss “Circe” by Madeline Miller. Our next novel is “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood on Tuesday, March 3. Order this book today and join the discussion. New members are welcome.

On Saturday, February 8 in the Children’s Program Room we will be having a Children’s Valentine Card-making Workshop from 10am-noon. This program is for ages 6 and older. Please call or come in to register, as space is limited.

The next Armchair Travel lecture is on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. in the North County Room of the LMC. Sonya Beauclair will be presenting “Disney”. This is a free event.

On Wednesday, February 19, the Library Film Series will be screening “Gisaengchung (Parasite)”, at Lacombe City Cinemas at 7 p.m.. This film is directed by Bong Joon-Ho and is rated 14A. You can get your tickets for this award winning Korean film at the library starting February 1st. Tickets are $9 advance or $10 at the door pending availability. Check our website for more information on this unique film.

On Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in the LMC, the Friends of the Library will host the next Local History Lecture. The presentation is titled “Climbing to Base Camp” and will be presented by Gary Leslie.

The Knitting Club meets every Wednesday, from 1:30-2:30 in the History Room in the library. This is a drop-in program, open to all skill levels.

Our book this week is “Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket” by Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson. Carey Newman is a master carver and sculptor turned storyteller. Together with Kirstie Hudson, they have woven together in book form the creation story behind his monumental art installation. Breathtaking in scale and complexity, the blanket is a three dimensional travelling art installation. Soul stirring, it is an intricate quilting together of material objects, each telling a piece of Canada’s residential school story, from coast to coast.

Have a great week.

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