The library has been very busy the last two weeks, partly due to the weather being less than ideal and partly due to the TD Summer Reading Program.
We have had record attendance and while that’s great it also means that we have had to turn some of the children away because of lack of space. We are reading across the seven continents. If your child is between six and 13 years old and would still like to participate in the reading challenge or the colouring contest and can’t get into class, please speak to myself or Morgan and we will give you the details of each contest.
The 9-13 year old class had a bird nest making competition complete with twigs and mud and various other materials. According to one young lady: “This is the most fun I’ve had in my whole life!!” Clean-up was interesting but it was worth the fun. In the 3-5 year old classes we made a cardboard tube yak. As one little boy explained to his mom: “I don’t remember what it is but they’re really hairy and they don’t live in Lacombe!”
Don’t forget on Saturday, July 27 from 10am-5pm the Friends of the Library will be holding their annual Book Sale in the library. If you would like to donate to the sale please bring your books to the library by Friday, July 26! Books at the sale will be selling for a $1/item or $5/bag.
Also at the book sale we will be collecting donations for Red Deer’s “Street Ties Youth Outreach “program. 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! In conjunction with the children’s programs, Miranda has started the Library Summer Reading Challenge for Adults and Teens. 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 today! The challenge runs July 10 through Sept 3.
Get creative at our summer craft nights. Pick a session or register for all three. On Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45pm. There is a $5 fee and you must preregister. Intermediate crafts skills are required. July 31: Stenciled Tote Bag and Journal, August 14: Pressed Flower/Leaf Art, and August 28: Paint Night. Come and enjoy yourselves while making beautiful projects.
The MCMPL Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm 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.
Our novel this week is “Solovyov and Larionov” by Eugene Vodolazkin. This is a novel by one of Russia’s foremost contemporary writers who takes readers on a fascinating journey through a momentous period of Russian history. One character from the past and one looking to the future, each trying to understand the other. This novel has been translated by Lisa C. Hayden.
Have a great week.