In our very busy lives, a fictional escape to another place and time in the world can be a great stress reliever. I enjoy a little nostalgic visit to some of the countries I have lived or travelled in; but anyone can experience another culture, country, or era through fiction. A little light therapy may be found in some of my favorite books from far away in time and place. Take a trip! Enjoy!!
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Daryâ’s simple life in mid-nineteenth-century Afghanistan is torn apart when a hateful curse by a jealous tribeswoman leaves her an outcast in her small Muslim village. She looks to her arranged marriage to the son of a nomadic tribal chief with hope that it will deliver her from this oppression; instead, Daryâ finds herself regularly beaten by her wrathful husband, and more isolated than she can bear. Seeing no choice other than to flee from her torment, Daryâ barely escapes through the foothills of the Hindu Kush.
Searching for answers about her dissident father's disappearance, a Vietnamese-American art curator returns to her ancestral country, where she meets a venerable pho stall soup maker and a dynamic young tour guide whose historical and cultural insights irrevocably shape her life.
Orphaned at the age of eight, British-born Lilly studiously devotes her life to the teachings of the Qur'an from within a Moroccan Sufi shrine but is persecuted for her foreign heritage, a situation that remains challenging when she subsequently flees to London and finds herself equally disconnected. By the author of Mouthing the Words. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
A thick slice-of-life novel follows the destinies of four large families in turbulent postcolonial India in the fifties, where Hindu, Muslim, and Westerner clash while a general election promises to transform the political landscape. Reader's Guide available. Reissue. 30,000 first printing.
It is 1942 in the Dutch East Indies, and Nick Duncan is a young Australian butterfly collector in search of a single exotic butterfly. With invading Japanese forces coming closer by the day, Nick falls in love with the beguiling Anna van Heerden. Their time together is brief, as both are forced into separate, dangerous escapes. They plan to reunite and marry in Australia but it is several years before their paths cross again, scarred forever by the dark events of a long, cruel war. In The Persimmon Tree, Bryce Courtenay gives us a story of love and friendship set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific during the Second World War
1947. India is rife with violence surrounding Britain’s imminent departure. Yet Evie Mitchell is eager to start a new life there with her husband, Martin, a troubled anthropologist, and their young son. It is in their colonial bungalow, hidden behind a brick wall, that Evie makes a startling discovery. Evie finds a packet of old letters that tell a strange and compelling story of love and war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the same house in 1857. Consumed by their story, she embarks on a mission to uncover what the letters don’t explain. Along the way, she unearths a dark and disturbing secret. Bursting with lavish detail and vivid imagery of Bombay and beyond, The Sandalwood Tree is a powerful story about betrayal, forgiveness, fate, and love.
Phillip Hutton lives on a Malaysian island and befriends Endo-san, a Japanese Zen master, who teaches him akido, but when World War II breaks out and the Japanese invade the island, he is torn between saving the lives of his countrymen and his loyalty to his master.
Seeking solace in the Malaysian plantations of her childhood after grueling World War II experiences, criminal prosecutor Yun Ling Teoh discovers a Japanese garden and its enigmatic tender, an exiled Japanese royal gardener who reluctantly accepts her as an apprentice. By the author of The Gift of Rain. Original.
Evading the spies of the repressive shogunate in nineteenth century Edo, Oei helps her eccentric father Hokusai with his famous prints and paintings, rejecting traditional female duties while staying loyal to her father.
Quote of the Month
“When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” ― Rita Mae Brown
This Month at the Library: November
With autumn winding down, we are preparing ourselves for the winter ahead. We have had a beautiful (and long) fall that I think we can agree, we are all quite thankful for.
Colder weather brings many things; cozy sweaters, warm drinks,and a great excuse for curling up with a book (or twelve) by the fire. Ahhhh sounds heavenly, doesn't it?
This month at the library we are not slowing down, we have all of our regular programming back up and running as well as some seasonal favourites we are happy to welcome back. We even have some new programs that we are excited are joining our repertoire.
So even though you can't go out for a family bike ride anymore, don't think your fun has to stop! Check out what we have going on this month and stop by with your family, a friend, or even your pretty ol' self!
Closures at the Library
The Library will be closed on Tuesday November 11, in honour of Remembrance Day.
Vintage Book Page Wreath
Sunday, November 9, 1:00-4:00pm
Create a beautiful decorative wreath from old book pages. Sunday, November 9th 1-4pm. Adults and children 8+. Children between 8 and 12 must be accompanied. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Speaker Series: Exploring and Photographing the Canyons of Zion National Park with Richard Berry.
Monday, November 10, 7:00-9:00pm
Come and explore the deep canyons and remote corners of Zion National Park with photographer Richard Berry. Richard has been visiting Zion for several years and will be sharing his photographs, videos and stories from some of his canyoneering adventures.
Every Wednesday, 7:00pm
Every week the library shows a movie in the Friends of the Library Program Room. Selections vary between classics and new releases. For details on which movie is showing this week, please click here to be navigated to our Movie Night page. Admission is FREE, Donations accepted. Bring a pillow, a bowl of popcorn, or even a friend! Make yourself at home and enjoy the cinematic experience.
Knit One, Read Too!
First Wednesday of each Month, 7:00-9:00pm
Bring your knitting or crochet projects and craft with us at the library. This is not a class but a chance to share knowledge and find inspiration in seeing other yarn enthusiasts' projects.
Share tips, tricks, ideas & books. No experience necessary. Join us in the magazine reading area and enjoy the company of your fellow yarn & book connoisseurs!
School PD Days
November 7 and 21, 1:00-3:00pm
On PD Days join us at the library for crafts and video games on the big projector screen! Each half day Friday we will have a craft prepared and tons of supplies available to let your creative juices flow! For those not interested in getting their hands dirty we have the Wii set up on the BIG screen with fun games like Mario Cart, Vancouver Olympics, and more!
Spanish Conversation Group
Every Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm
Join us each Wednesday in our Meeting Room for a chance to improve your conversational Spanish. All levels are welcome! We are lucky to have two qualified teachers volunteer to act as tutors for these sessions. They will offer a variety of exercises and actives to help you converse with confidence.
Magic at the Library
Every Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm
Door Prizes donated by Armadillo Games will be awarded at 7:30pm. Whether you are a tournament champion or just wondering what MTG is you should come join us. We set up in the program room at the library every Thursday night to play, talk and trade cards.This an all ages program. Ages range from 8 to 45 years old, so don't be shy.Bring your deck and a snack.
Every Monday, 2:00-2:30pm
Walking babies up to two years of age are invited along with their parents/caregivers to a half-hour program featuring music and movement, rhymes, songs and books with Miss Dea.
Books for Babies
Every Tuesday, 2:00-2:30pm
Babies who are not yet walking will enjoy a half hour program featuring, finger play rhymes, bouncing and walking songs and books. Join Miss Tegan, program is designed to foster a love of language and its rhythm.
Tales for Twos
Every Wednesday, 10:30-11:00am
Two year olds are invited along with their parents/caregivers to a half hour program featuring rhymes, action songs, and books with Miss Rhonda. It is paced for a two year old and encourages further development of their attention span.
Every Wednesday, 2:00-2:30pm
Children aged 3 – 5 are invited along with their parents/caregivers to a half hour program featuring rhymes, songs and books with Miss Rebecca. The program is designed to build their attention span and foster a continual love of books.
Parent Child Mother Goose
Every Thursday, 10:30-11:30am
This hour long program features rhymes, songs and oral storytelling which can be used by the parents with their child in everyday life situations.
*New* L’Heure Du Conte
Every Friday, 3:00-3:30pm
Join Miss Patricia as she sings songs and reads French. This story time is opened to all who speak or wish for their children to learn the French Language.
Last Month at the Library: October
October has felt very familiar to us at the library. We are getting back in the swing of things and back to our regular programming, for example our Speaker Series! We have already had some great people come to talk and share their stories with us, and we have a lot more that we are so excited to announce. This past month we had John Neville share a multimedia presentation on birds of prey! This event was raved about by those who attended; keep an eye out for future Speaker Series events.
We did get the opportunity to start some new programs this past month as well, including a Spanish Conversation Group which is an incredible way to practice your Spanish with fluent tutors who are there to help you out!
October means one thing to the kid in all of us: Halloween! We prepared for Halloween at the library in style; hosting a booth at the Preschool Fair where we provided a costume swap, we shared spooky stories in our storytimes, and we hosted a pumpkin carving event that was incredibly successful; giving October the big send off it deserves.
Highlights from Last Month
-Preschool Fair at the Civic Center -Raptors of Canada Speaker Series Talk -Start of our NEW Spanish Conversation Group -Festival of Eagles -Pumpkin Carving
Librarians in disguise! Meet Glinda the Good Witch, the Cat and the Hat, a Steam Punker, the scariest Pirate Captain you ever did meet, and seen for the first time ever, a smiling Eeyore! This was such a fun day for all of us!
What did you dress up as? Send us a photo of your very best Halloween costume and we will show our top favourite costume submissions in next months newsletter! Send yours to email@example.com
Monster Halloween Bags A look at our Halloween Themed PD Day!
Preschool Fair We were so excited to be invited to the Preschool Fair! We got to share some information about the library and see some really adorable preschoolers in their costumes!
A look at some of our very talented pumpkin carvers from our super successful Pumpkin Carving Program!
Did You Know...
We love our Volunteers!
Looking to complete volunteer hours for school? Perhaps you just love our library so much you need an extra incentive to come visit? We welcome volunteers of all ages! We are looking for individuals to help us with our shelving, programs, or some small jobs in between. Come by the library to fill out a form today to join our amazing volunteering team!
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We love to hear from our patrons! If you have anything you would like to submit, we want to see it! From poetry, book recommendations, photos of you reading, Spotlight Topics, let us know why you love the library, testimonials and anything in between! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe you'll see your entry next month!