COLUMN: Mary C. Moore Library releases TD Summer Reading results

Together they read for 1,578 hours

Mary Poole/Library Columnist

Mary Poole/Library Columnist

The stats are in for our TD Summer Reading Program and I am so impressed with the children’s participation this year.

For our Reading Challenge the kids were travelling the world visiting natural wonders. For every hour they read, they would travel 1000 km. Seventy-five children took up the challenge and together they read for 1,578 hours and travelled 1,578,000 km. To complete the challenge the kids had to read for 77 hours in five weeks and six avid readers accomplished this goal. Literacy is alive and well at the Mary C. Moore Public Library.

Thanks to Erin and the Medicine River Wildlife Centre for an excellent presentation for our summer program wrap-up. The children learned so much and Olive the Owl was so appreciated by her audience. To learn more about this non-profit facility go to their website at info@mrwc.ca.

Registration for the Children’s Programs in the fall will be held on Wednesday, September 4 at 10 a.m. This is a very chaotic time and we can take no registrations before 10am on September 4th. You must register by phone or in person at the library. We cannot accept emails or listen to phone messages. The fee for the program is $5 per family for the 14-week program. The classes begin on Tuesday, September 10 and end on Friday, December 20. Please note that class times are different for the fall program than the summer program classes.

The MCMPL Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. in the Read and Relax area of the library to discuss the novel “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles. Please join us in September and offer your praise or criticism of this novel.

The Library Four Eyes Film Series (Independent.International.Illuminating.Imaginative) is organized by a group of staff at the library. We acknowledge and appreciate our partnership with Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit and Lacombe City Cinemas. Films show on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Lacombe City Cinemas. Tickets are available for $9 at the library on the first of the month until 8 p.m. on the Tuesday before the film. Door tickets are $10 (cash only) pending availability. All sales are final. The box office at Lacombe City Cinemas opens at 6:15pm. All proceeds go to the library. The theater concession is available and Wednesday night is “Bring Your Own Bowl” for popcorn. Our September 18 film is “The Farewell” directed by Lulu Wang. Go to our website for more information on this film.

If you are interested in learning more about your family’s roots you may want to join the Genealogy Club. The library provides a time and space on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m., for family history enthusiasts to convene and share tips, advice and stories. Everyone is welcome to attend drop-in meetings — no registration required. Ancestry.ca is now available for public use (in the library or via the library WiFi only). The club will resumes September 10, and continues on the second Tuesday of each month.

Our novel this week is “Nottingham: No King No Rules” by Nathan Makaryk. This is the author’s first novel and he rewrites the legend of Robin Hood, giving voice to those characters history never mentioned and challenges who’s really a hero and a villain. Request it from the library today.

Have a great week.