LIBRARY COLUMN: Summer happenings at the Mary C. Moore Public Library

TD Summer Reading Program is in full swing

Mary Poole/Library Columnist

I have enjoyed having the school classes through the month of June and it is so nice to see some of the children I had in my classes when they were younger.

They are so excited to see the same fish in the fish tank and they are thrilled that I still give them the same cookie at the end of class and, yes, some of them are even excited to see me again. I was reading a story about birds and I asked them what kind of bird was in the story. One little boy flung up his hand and announced “Treepecker”. It was an owl but I thought that his name for a woodpecker was perhaps more accurate than the real name. One little girl in Grade 3 was excited that school was over because school was a horrible place that didn’t let you have a nap in the afternoon!

Don’t forget the TD Summer Reading Program has started! We have scheduled classes for ages 2 to 13 for the next six weeks. This is a drop-in program and there is no charge. The younger classes will be learning about animals from different habitats. The older children will be learning about each of our seven continents. Check out our blog at We will have information about the program and you can see the amazing wonders of the natural world that we are using in our reading contest. The Library Film series will resume in September so please stay tuned for the fall lineup in August. We would like to thank all the people who supported our film program this season.

Please join us in conjunction with Lacombe Days for the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale on Saturday, July 27 in the library from 10am-5pm. There’s something for everyone. $1 per item or $5 per bag. Book donations would be greatly appreciated for our sale. We will also be accepting donations for Red Deer’s Street Ties Youth Outreach Program at our book sale. Street Ties is a drop-in centre where youth ages 13-21 can get what they need to minimize the risks they face on the street. No matter the choices they make, they are welcome every day or whenever they wish to visit. The program is in particular need of the following items: Non-perishable food items, especially snacks and cereal; new, clean, empty water bottles for water; hygiene items including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants, menstrual products, hair brushes; new socks and underwear. Thank you for your support!

Get creative and enjoy a social outing at your library. Make a new and exciting craft each session. Pick and choose your session, or register for all 4. Summer Craft Nights happen Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:45pm, in the library. Upcoming sessions:July 31: Stenciled Tote Bag & Journal; August 14: Pressed Flower/Leaf Art; and August 28: Paint Night.

The fee is $5 per session. Please preregister by email (, phone (403.782.3433) or in person at the library. This is an adult program. Intermediate craft skills are required.

The MCMPL Book Club will be meeting Tuesday, August 6, at 7 p.m. in the Read and Relax area of the library. We will be discussing “Dear Mrs. Bird” by A.J. Pearce. Everyone is welcome.’

Our novel this week is “maybe this time” by Jill Mansell. Apparently this novel is: “A wonderful feel-good summer read that’s full of unexpected twists and turns.” S Magazine, Sunday Express. Have a great week.

-Submitted by the Mary C. Moore Public Library

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