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Libraries, for the past, present, and future

Library corner for Nov. 2, 2023
(File photo)

By Eleanor Bertin

Do large, fierce, extinct creatures make your heart go pit-a-pat?

Join avid fossil collector and amateur dinosaur enthusiast Tim Jeffries on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. for a fascinating presentation on the ancient past. Bring the whole family (ages 6+) for a look at changes and new discoveries in paleontology, the art and science of fossil plants and animals.

There’s something for everyone in this fun and interactive peek at some real dinosaur fossils, and some answers to questions like, are dinosaurs really extinct? And if they are, can they be brought back to life?

November also sees the return of Wine Survivor!

Embark on a wine adventure and show your support for children’s programming with our Wine Survivor fundraiser! It’s simple: Purchase a $20 ticket and contribute a bottle of wine valued at a minimum of $15. If your name is eliminated, you can buy back in or pre-purchase your immunity for $20. Your generosity not only gives you a chance to win up to 60 tantalizing bottles of wine, but it also helps fuel the dreams and aspirations of young minds in our community.


Read and Rhyme is a program for young children (0-5 yrs) and their parents to explore language development in a fun, friendly way. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m., we read stories, sing songs, and enjoy other activities that enhance a child’s growing literature and language skills. If you download the free app 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten to track your reading at home, we’ll reward you with a small prize for each milestone you reach.

In honour of the upcoming Remembrance Day, make a poppy that lights up at Something Cool After School, on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. we’ll be crafting vibrant works of watercolour crayon resist art. Ages 6+.

During the holiday school break, we’ll be showing two films, each followed by a Lego challenge and a movie-themed craft: Thursday, Nov. 9 – Elemental and on Friday, Nov. 10, Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse. Ages 6 and up.

Teens & ’Tweens:

Ugh—Winter! Come to the library on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. to escape the cold and make hot chocolate jars with us. We will have cookies.

Could you use some help figuring out some of your school courses? We offer free individualized tutoring in academic subjects for students in grades K-12, Mondays, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m. Call us for an appointment.


Searching for your ancestors? Wondering about family members who have gone before you? Meet with other genealogy buffs to share the tips and tricks of digging into the past Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Beginners and experienced researchers are welcome.

Part two of the Pressed Flower Bookmark workshop with Vintage Thistle is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Those who are pre-registered will want to mark their calendars.

Film Circuit at the library presents Chile ’76, on Monday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 pm.

“Set during the early days of Pinochet’s dictatorship,” the film “explores one woman’s precarious flirtation with political engagement.” Donations are welcome and a concession is available for snacking.

Are you overwhelmed with the care of a loved one? Take a much-needed break to rejuvenate with others on the same journey at our monthly Caregiver Support Group meeting, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. We’ll share tips and information to help and encourage you.

Minds in Motion is a program of the Alzheimer Society designed for cognitive stimulation and emotional well-being. We meet on Thursdays at 1 p.m. for light exercise, games and social interaction with others experiencing memory loss.

If the splendour of the Northern Lights inspires you, why not paint them as a lasting reminder of their beauty, at our Paint Night Fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m.? We’ll serve snacks and a special mocktail at this relaxing adult event. $25/person. Please pre-register.

Reader’s Circle Book Club has a new novel to read for this month – The Madness of Crowds by Canadian author Louise Penny. We have copies of the book available, so why not pick one up and join the group discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m.?

For those living with someone who has an addiction, Al-Anon meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. for support and ideas for healthy ways to cope

All Ages:

Saturday, Nov. 4 it’ll be time for another Super Smash Bros. Tournament. Meet up with your friends at 1 p.m. to choose your main and see who will endure to the bitter end. For online gamers, on Monday nights meet gamers from Stettler and Rocky online on Discord.

Are you searching for work? We have an employment support volunteer with more than 30 years of experience who can help you update your resume. Call for a Thursday afternoon appointment, available 1-3 p.m.

For all your technological needs, come into the library. We can help you navigate your electronic device, clean your dirty or skipping DVDs and CDs, create something with a new 3D printer, or show you how to digitize old videos and photo slides. Ask about our services.

“Knowledge is like underwear. It is useful to have it, but not necessary to show it off.” ~Nicky Gumbel

For more information or to register for any of the above programs, call the library at 403-742-2292.

Kevin Sabo

About the Author: Kevin Sabo

I’m Kevin Sabo. I’ve been a resident of the Castor area for the last 12 years and counting, first coming out here in my previous career as an EMT.
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