Sometimes kids just need to get away from home and have something to do in a safe, supervised place. Now the library is open only for them for two hours every Monday evening. Youth ages 12 to 16 can join librarians Deanna Starr and Toby Mueller for video and board games, movies, special guests and a place to read or study or just visit with friends.
On Wednesday nights we continue to offer either movies or a StoryJam. I highly recommend 'Arranged,', the movie we watched Feb. 13. This story of two young women, from traditional religious families and living in modern-day Brooklyn, is a rare treat. Both are teachers being faced with the choices and pressures of arranged marriages. Beautifully acted and filmed, it engenders laughter and understanding.
For those of you who have become captivated by 'Downton Abbey,' the wait is over. "The War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season." This is a very well-produced series, and if you haven't yet tried it you are in luck as the many fans are now lining up for Season 3 and Seasons 1 and 2 are readily available.
Also in the DVD section, Adam Beach fans can now get the first season of 'Arctic Air' and there are several new releases such as 'Moonrise Kingdom.' This movie is described as a fantastic child's dream of a film for young and old. It is amazingly quirky, with great performances from the seasoned actors as well as the perfectly cast newcomers.
We have recently received several shipments of new books and audio-books, including several special requests. You may not know that we are delighted to receive suggestions for additions to the collection. As much as we like to think of ourselves as experts, we know that with hundreds of thousands of new books published every year we can never know enough to choose all that will be wanted in our community. So if you have discovered a gem, please tell us the title and author name so that we can consider it for purchase. This also applies to great movies or TV series that you have discovered.
New books include the latest by popular writers such as Louise Erdrich and Judith Jance, as well as interesting looking additions to the mystery, science fiction and fantasy collections. Fashion editor and style expert Jacqui Stafford's new fashion bible 'The Wow Factor' proves that you don't have to be skinny or rich to look and feel fabulous.
I recently asked a patron what was the best thing about the library and the response was, "You can get any book you want from any library in BC." He was speaking of the Interlibrary loans (ILL). This is a popular program. We receive an average of eight books a day through the post office and a full box each week from our library federation.
All of these are from other libraries who allow our patrons to order books that we do not have and get them to us in as little as three days or as much as two weeks, depending on the source. Of course we lend our books out in the same way, and in this way libraries get more value from their limited budgets, as everyone's collection is used more widely and each library can concentrate on purchasing the books most wanted in their own communities. So if you can't find what you want or need with us, let the librarian show you how to order from ILL.
Come in and check it out.