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Library News February 2017

Posted: by Elisa on January 31, 2017

Celebrate Canada 150 with The Blue Mountains Public Library: 12 months, 12 themes

February is Black History Month
On Thursday Feb. 9, please join us for an Author Talk with local writer, Judith Plaxton. Judith will be at L.E. Shore Memorial Library at 2pm to discuss her junior fiction novel, Morning Star, the story of escaped slaves going North to freedom via the Underground Railroad. All are welcome! BVCS grade 6/7 classes will be in attendance.

On Friday Feb. 17, a Quilting Workshop with the Georgian Quilters will take place from 1:30-3:30pm at L.E. Shore Memorial Library. This all-ages programme will teach the basics in quilting and attendees will learn how to make a small quilted project. Materials provided. Please register in advance online or at L.E. Shore or by calling 519-599-3681.

March Break 2017 will be a circus theme! A whole week of activities will be planned. Save the Date: Tuesday March 14th at 10:30am, for our special guest, The Puppet Tamer, a stunt ventriloquist who drops jaws and tickles funny bones with a cast of hilarious characters in a one man show. Tickets will be $2 per person.  

"Amazing Grace & Abolition" is a Canada 150 program that will examine a portion of the history of abolitionism and its connection to The Blue Mountains via the figure of Charles Stuart. The program will start with a showing of a film, followed by a talk by Craigleith Heritage Depot Curator Andrea Wilson. The FIRST edition of this program will take place on February 2 from 10:00am to 12:30pm at the Craigleith Community Centre. The SECOND edition of this program will be held at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library on February 16 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Admission is by donation.

Snowshoe Loans Continue
Although the snowshoes generously loaned by Scenic Caves Nature Adventures have been returned to their owners (thank you, Scenic Caves!), the Craigleith Heritage Depot still has 4 pairs of snowshoes – 2 adult sized, 2 child sized – available for 3 day loans with your Blue Mountains Public Library card for the rest of the winter. You are welcome to place a hold on a pair and they will be set aside either at the Depot or sent to the LE Shore Memorial Library branch.

At the L.E. Shore Memorial Library

Computer Basics: How to Facebook
Get all your Facebook questions answered! Learn how to create a Facebook account, find Facebook friends, add pictures, the difference between sharing, commenting and liking, and Facebook privacy settings. Instructor: Richard "the Computer Guy" Banks. This class is Wednesday, February 22 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Register through our website.

iPad Basics Classes
Instructor Darrell Noseworth continues his popular iPad Basics classes with part 4: iCloud for iPad. The cost is $15 per person. Other courses include iPad Basics part 1, iPad Basics part 2 (Communications) and iPad Basics part 3 (Photos). Part 1 is a pre-requisite for the rest. Consult our Adult Programs listings for the latest classes. Or email us at libraryinfo@thebluemountains.ca to be notified when new classes are scheduled.

Play and Learn for Seniors and Caregivers
The first ever Play and Learn: For Seniors and Caregivers will take place at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library on Wednesday February 8th from 12pm to 3pm. Hosted by Beaver Valley Outreach and The Blue Mountains Public Library, this event will showcase recreational and social resources in your community. This is a free drop-in program. Everyone is welcome.

Valentine’s Day Crafternoon
Bring the whole family out for this weekend programme of Valentine’s inspired crafts, including card making and heart decor. Saturday February 11th from 3pm to 4pm at L.E. Shore Memorial Library. Materials provided. This is a free drop-in program. 

Toddler Story Time takes place at L.E. Shore Memorial Library every Friday morning from 10:45am to 11:20am. For ages 2-5 years and their caregivers. Every week is a different theme and will feature stories, rhymes, songs and crafts for tots. This is a free, drop-in program.

Baby Play Time takes place at L.E. Shore Memorial Library every Friday afternoon from 1:00pm to 1:30pm. For ages 0-2 years and their caregivers. This time gives guardians, grandparents, caregivers and parents a chance to connect and chat. Babies are kept busy with stories and sensory play. This is a free, drop-in program.

The Gift of Love: Artists celebrate a month of Valentines
The Arts Advisory Council is presenting a special February exhibit, showcasing local artists' interpretations on the theme of love. All work is available for purchase. Show runs until March 2nd. 

At the Craigleith Heritage Depot

Writing Your Life History Workshop: Round 2 in March 2017
Only a couple of spots are left in the second round of the popular Writing Your Life History Workshop! Sign up this month before it’s too late. You will join local author and artist John Fisher as he guides you step by step in a journey of memory and self-discovery through writing your own biography. From 1:00pm to 3:30pm each Thursday for five weeks in March, learn how to recall and write about your life and express your emotions along this journey. Coffee, tea, water, a workbook, and the instructor for the course are included in the one-time cost of $15.00.

Show, Tell & Create: February Edition
This month’s edition of the Depot’s after-school program for kids ages 5 - 13 will take place from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Archives Room. Kids are encouraged to bring something they have or found related to the month's theme to share with each other, and the group will do crafts. February's theme will be all about MAPS and how they relate to the Underground Railway. You can register online via the Library’s events calendar, over the phone, or via email, but drop-ins are always welcome. As always, the cost of this program is by donation.

Books on Deck: February Edition
Museum Assistant Madeline hosts inclusive, casual book club meetings the last Wednesday evening of each month. February's book is "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. Please note that although the Books on Deck book club is full, ALL are welcome to come to this meeting to join in the discussion if they have read the chosen book, in honour of Black History Month and the subject matter of this novel.

Craigleith Lace Club: Now Meets Monthly
The Depot’s Lace Club continues to have drop-in hours on the third Wednesday of every month from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Both quilling (paper filigree) and tatting (lace making) materials are available, as is access to many new resources on these subjects in the Depot’s library branch collection. Museum Curator Andrea is a professional lacemaker and will help you learn something new no matter your skill level with a 45 minute lesson. The cost of this unique program is by donation.

Family Day Closure
The L.E. Shore Memorial Library and the Craigleith Heritage Depot are closed for Family Day on Monday, February 20.



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